Wednesday, September 26
Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
Author: N.K. Jemisin
Pages: EBook - 218
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 - a palace above the clouds where gods' and mortals' lives are intertwined. There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heirs to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history. But it's not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably.
My Rating: 7.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was an enjoyable read, it sets up to what looks to be a fantastic series, and while I had some issues with the book, it worked out in the end and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
I loved the overall plot. It was very interesting, and it does look like it will work very well being carried forward into a series. The background story, the multiple kingdoms and races all have a lot of intrigue to them at the moment. I didn't learn a lot about them, but there was enough there to give me hope that there will be something to look forward in the other books of the series.
I enjoyed the overall writing of the book, although I found the formatting to be a little off, I'm not sure if this was an issue of the Ebook version or not, but the font sizes were a little wonky. The characters were okay, they had a lot of potential, but I didn't have one I loved. They were average characters, some of which found that some lacked proper development, although this being a series, perhaps it will be carried forward over the entire series, which would work for me. There were times I found the book to be a bit choppy and uneven with the plot, mainly on how events, characters etc. were explained. At times I found certain things, that seemed to be irrelevant to the central story to be over explained and repeated within the same page, while at other times, certain background information and important facts seemed to be glossed over. I did feel multiple times I was messing some kind of background information to the "Gods", history of the kingdoms and characteters, because I was never given a good explanation on some of these things. I hope in future books I get some answers.
In the end, it was a good read, and the rest of the series looks to have some great potential.
Would I recommend it to read: I would. It's the author's first novel from what I understand, so compared to other epic high fantasy it's extremely well done. I can see some readers being leery of it, because at times it was a bit choppy in the plot (especially compared to others in its genre), but it was a fantastic read, and I think readers should go in with no expectations and just read it. It's well worth it in the end.
What to read next: Broken Kingdoms (Next book in the series) Ian Irvine's Three Worlds Saga - First book is The View From the Mirror
Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Speculative Challenge