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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.

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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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  • Bleu
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 02-02-14

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.

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  • Nicole
  • MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States
  • 12-19-14

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...

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

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  • Theresa
  • Memphis, TN, United States
  • 11-25-10

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.

25 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Underdeveloped and Unrelatable

I'm not even sure this story had potential. I tried so hard to get into the audiobook because I like to keep an open mind about variation in readers and literature, but after the first few chapters I became convinced that either the book just didn't have substance or the narrator was making it seem that way. Freeman's performance was over-exaggerated, unnecessarily angsty, and made me hate the protagonist more quickly than I would have liked. The only realistic performance I enjoyed was her portrayal of Sieh. Other than that, the other characters seemed shallow, trite, melodramatic, and inauthentic. I chose to continue giving it a chance until halfway through the audiobook. It was then that I decided to switch to the physical book to asses if it was merely the performance or the writing too that was at fault. Reading this book instead of listening to it helped remedy the annoying qualities of the audiobook, but unfortunately there was little redeeming quality about the writing itself. The protagonist and the relationships she establishes lack substance. The plot is extremely underdeveloped as far as a science fiction/fantasy novel usually goes. This book felt like a medium for portraying shallow relationships rather than focusing on fleshing out the poorly matured strife of the people outside of the palace walls and the rules and history by which the gods live. The rules of the gods was unconvincing and improperly ambiguous. All of these issues culminated in an inability to suspend disbelief in the reality within the story. It simply was not captivating and left me relieved to read the last page of the last chapter. I will not be reading the sequels.

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  • DarthVal
  • Hickory, NC, United States
  • 11-18-14

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.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Unique!

A unique fantasy with a strong female lead. Who could ask for more? And the audible performance enhanced the story without overshadowing. Fantastic!

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  • Matthew
  • Patchogue, NY, United States
  • 10-16-11

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.

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  • Nathan
  • London, Ontario Canada
  • 01-23-15

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.

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  • John
  • Denver, Colorado, United States
  • 12-26-13

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.

7 of 12 people found this review helpful

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really enjoyed

I can't wait to hear the next one. This one was great! I hope the next is as good.

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  • midian
  • 08-09-17

A wonderful book, beautifully read

A wonderful book, beautifully read.

It has Intricate and compelling characters facing difficult choices in a moral morass. It contains a look into the mechanisms of power and, the resistances of powerlessness. In this fantasy world the gods walk amongst us and, as in any great mythology, they are as emotionally complex as the rest of us. Wholly recommended.

Jemisin has become my most fav author.

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  • ubaidu
  • 08-20-16

fantastic story made better by the performance

just a terrific tale with great characters made even better by the amazing performance can't recommend enough

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  • M. J. Curran
  • 12-19-16

dull and a different kind of story than I expected

What would have made The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms better?

From the description and title and book cover I thought this would be a book about many kingdoms possibly different worlds as well as political intrigue and a woman trying to adjust to a different way of life. Instead you only hear about a few countries and only experience 2 which lack description and so instead of being able to visualise these places they're just bland rooms in a bland house full of bland people. It's like the writer watched a movie of the book but hasn't realised that nobody else saw the movie so doesn't bother describing key elements of the world, more description would definitely have helped. The protagonist has been trained in the culture of the this palace and so knows how to fit in but gives up fairly quickly, the contest for the throne isn't really a contest and no one really does anything apart from making petty threats, the politics is almost none existent. I didn't care about the main character at all and cared even less about all he other characters apart from the child God. Apart from him the characters were very flat, maybe if it hadn't been written in the first person there would have been more opportunities for depth but you only get a very narrow view of this world from the main characters perspective. Also the fact that it's first person narrative means you don't really believe that she's going to die as it's the first of a trilogy. I found the pointless focus on sex boring and had no interest if it turned into a love story of was just lust I just didn't care. I'm not a romantic maybe others enjoyed that but not me.

Would you ever listen to anything by N. K. Jemisin again?

Unlikely

What three words best describe Casaundra Freeman’s voice?

Perfectly acceptable voice

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The child God was a nice character and if the story had been from his perspective I might have enjoyed it more

Any additional comments?

Could have been really good, was a great concept but disappointingly boring all the way through

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  • Coz
  • 09-06-17

Potential but doesn't quite get there.

Great concept, interesting world but way too shallow a slice of it. Lacked substance and depth. Seemed like a young adult novel or a dressed up romance. Still interesting enough though.

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