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)
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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.
I love fantasy, but have tired of elves, trolls, and demons plots. This was refreshing and I will listen to the Broken Kingdom next.
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.
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.
Overall a good story, but if you're looking for the next great scifi series, this one leaves a bit to be desired. Might translate better on paper than audio- character asides, foreshadowing are mixed in to the narrative. If in print these are likely separated or in another font, but in audio, transitions are jarring- often rewound to make sure I didn't miss something. Typical mythic world with magic, power and Gods. Scifi equivalent to a summer read
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
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.
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.
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.
Can't wait for the next one. I saw this book had gotten a good review from a friend on Goodreads. I was looking for something different and I'm glad I decided to check this out. Gods enslaved what a concept. I enjoyed seeing how it all turned out.
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