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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1 | [N. K. Jemisin]

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms: Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1

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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“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)

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    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 11-25-10
    Theresa Memphis, TN, United States 11-25-10 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed this audiobook."

    I love fantasy, but have tired of elves, trolls, and demons plots. This was refreshing and I will listen to the Broken Kingdom next.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 02-02-14
    Bleu Chicago, IL, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2010

    Graphic Designer. Culinary Enthusiast. Mostly User Friendly.

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    "Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-13
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Patchogue, NY, United States 10-16-11
    Matthew Patchogue, NY, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic"

    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.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 01-23-15
    Nathan London, Ontario Canada 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Easy and fast read but a LOT of sexual tension"

    This was a easy, fast and comfortable read but mostly due to the writing style and not the plot.
    A girl from a 'savage' tribe is summoned to the capital where the monarchy have gods as their slaves. The story starts off sounding like it will be political but that plays very little. There is a LOT of sexual tension and innuendo in this book which seems to be the main focus as well as relationships..
    Explores themes of corruption, desire, and history interpretations. Lot of world building at the start and figuring out how the god system works. The book is enjoyable while I was read but reflecting it afterwards, it seems to lack substance, like junk food.
    I'm not sure if I'll read the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 01-20-15
    Kevin Herndon, VA, United States 01-20-15 Member Since 2011

    Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work

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    "Interesting Concept, well performed"

    I picked this up as one of those books that did well in the SCI-FI award competition. The concept is interesting in that you have immortal beings with great power who have been cast down so to speak to serve a particular human family. This has had the result of stopping wars and disputes due to the overwhelming power of that one family.

    It also brings in infinite corruption and a total lack of human dignity in those rulers. The story goes about how this is all changed by a young woman brought in to be a sacrifice. Its a good story but lacks energy. It spends alot of time with the young woman moping around once it is clear what will happen to her.

    I thought it could have been held together better.

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    Nicole MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-19-14
    Nicole MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 12-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Read.This.Book. Or listen to it. Or whatever."

    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...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14
    Amazon Customer Hickory, NC, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent story and narration"
    Would you listen to The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms again? Why?

    Yes. This story is rich characters and world-building.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The world-building was unique and interesting. There was a lot more depth to this book than I was expecting.


    Have you listened to any of Casaundra Freeman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I have no idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Sacramento, CA, United States 12-21-10
    Robin Sacramento, CA, United States 12-21-10 Member Since 2015
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    "just ok"

    The story went back and forth too much, but it was ok. The narrator wasn't that good.

    6 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    LT 06-13-14
    LT 06-13-14 Member Since 2015
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    "WTF is going on???"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What could N. K. Jemisin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    2 of 9 people found this review helpful
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