Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
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“Jemisin’s engaging debut grabs readers right from the start…a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.” (Publishers Weekly)
I love fantasy, but have tired of elves, trolls, and demons plots. This was refreshing and I will listen to the Broken Kingdom next.
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I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.
My only 2 qualms about this book are that the ending was identified too far in advance and that the main character had very little agency throughout the book. Besides those, this book was excellent.
I don't usually bother with reviews, but I found this book to out and out excellent, and the performance to be of equal quality. Jemisin has a great voice, and, not to be too literal here, so does Freeman. Going to start the next in the series tonight.
I loved this book. Loved. I am a fantasy fan in general, but have been a little frustrated with the quality of the writing in my last few reads. Sometimes I think that the driving plots I so enjoy force good writing to a distant second priority. I did not find that to be this case with this surprising novel (is this her first novel? astonishing), which called to my mind old favorites by Ursula K LeGuin.
And the reader cannot be neglected: she is amazing. Although her pace is a little quick, and it took a while to get used to, I honestly can't imagine reading this book without the benefit of Freeman's voice to add dimension to the characters. Sieh in particular was just as irresistible to me as he was to Yeine herself, and I can still hear his childlike voice in my head.
I'm going to read it again. And I never do that!
I hope the other two in the trilogy are half as good...
Yes. This story is rich characters and world-building.
The world-building was unique and interesting. There was a lot more depth to this book than I was expecting.
This is the only book I've listened to that was narrated by Casaundra Freeman. She was FANTASTIC. I hope to encounter more audio books narrated by her.
I have no idea.
I believe that the writing style of this book, which seem overly choppy to the point that I never know what is going. I had to go to Wiki to get a synopsis of the book just to understand what I listen too so far. The synopsis gave me more information than the actual book.
Not write it.
I don't know. I can't tell if it is the reader who makes this book confusing or the writer. I suspect it is the writer. Maybe its both.
This book was nominated for so may awards and won a first book award. Why is that? Are they running out of fantasy books to nominate? I love fantasy books. I live and breath them. This one; its horrible. I still don't know what the book is about and I am on chapter 6. I can't listen any further. It is driving me crazy. I don't know what is going on. I don't know what the main character is doing. I know the situation she is in but what of her hopes? her dreams? her motivations (other than staying alive - basic)? eh I get nothing, zip, nada. I don't care. Its chapter 6 and I don't care. Can I return this book?
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This book is a jellyfish. Rural girl goes to capital city. She is one of 3 possible big boss candidates. All the other nobles are evil. They even have the steaming hot gods enslaved. Politics, war, romance and hotness should ensue right? Yeah, only its jellyfish politics, jellyfish war and, you got it, jellyfish romance all in a big fat white jellyfish city in a 2 weeks??? time.
When you desperately try to grab and hold onto a thread of the story you only end up with another handful of transparent goo and jellyfish squiggly bits. You don???t even get burned. It???s a Moon Jelly.
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