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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (N.K. Jemisin) [#6]
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chomiji wrote in 50books_poc

I really liked this. It's one of those books which I turned around and re-read immediately.

Prickly, tough 19-year-old Yeine Darr is summoned from her northerly home to Sky, the capitol city of her entire world, by its ruler: her grandfather, who means to make her his heir. Or, more accurately, one of his heirs, because there are already two others. Only one of them will ascend to rule the world, and Yeine, a young woman from a "barbarian" kingdom, isn't considered to have much of a chance against the other two in the vicious political games played in Sky. She discovers layers within layers of plots, involving deities that walk the earth, ancient magics, secrets about her own parents, and consequences that reach far beyond her own life.

The writing style alternates between beautifully mythic and wryly personal, as Yeine recounts her own actions along with the histories, literature, and myths she has read and heard. Yeine is very human, cool and determined on the outside, vulnerable and self-deprecating on the inside, with a core of passion that breaks through in both anger and love.

The horrors of what is considered entertainment among the decadents of Sky played very well against my own view of what's awful but might well be triggering for some. Also, some of the criticisms I've read of this seemed to be from people who take a more coldly logical view of things than I do, so a reader of the sort who is rarely overwhelmed by feelings might be exasperated by some aspects of this story.

(Read more about this book, including spoilers, here on my LJ.)


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I just read this after meeting the author at a conference.

Liked it a lot.

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Actually, from what I've heard, of them, I won't like them at all. But thanks for taking the time to rec.


lol I read so many reviews praising this book, so I read it and I really, really shouldn't have because 'the silly clichés' almost gave me a mental hernia. I wanted to like it, but in between the bad boy fetish and the author insert, I kept wondering where the promised political intrigue was.

The passivity of the MC really bothered me -- she was going to die and all she could think about was how horny she was for God Boy? Really? She was supposed to come from a society where women were warriors and she couldn't manage to focus in staying alive? I'm sorry, but no guy is worth dying for... unless he's your son, but that's another matter entirely.

The literal deus ex machina ending made me wonder if maybe I'm doing it wrong, since everybody seems to love this book and I have to say -- with the exception of the first book of the Black Jewels trilogy and some really poor fanfic -- this is the worst thing I've read.

(I don't have an LJ account, so that's why this comment is anonymous. Sorry 'bout that.)

I disliked it too. I put it down about 3/4 of the way through and wished I'd done so when I first realized the rest was going to be a bad romance novel.

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