Friday, November 19, 2010

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

After her mother is murdered, Yeine, our young heroine, is forced to move to the capital city with her estranged grandfather, the king. The reader is then taken on a magical ride through a land where gods are held captive and used as weapons in political intrigue and social manipulation. As Yeine progresses from an unwitting pawn to a willing one she solves her mother’s death and unhinges a country. Jemisin surrounds a fascinatingly original tale with memorable imagery: a palace balanced on an impossibly thin column thousands of feet in the sky, gods enslaved to humans, suns and planets reduced to playthings and experiments. The book felt overly long to me, the plot meandering a bit much at times, but kept my interest throughout. Fantasy stories often are predictable and mimic each other, but The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is nothing if not unique.

First Sentence:
I am not as I once was.

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