Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1), by N.K. Jemisin • Published by Orion • ★★★★ • Goodreads • TBD
It's been a while since I read Adult Fantasy and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a fine piece of work. The cover too is brilliant, I had not noticed the god peering from behind the kingdom at first -- because I thought it was just darkness oozing out of it. So of course, I had to feature that in my banner for this post (you're welcome)!

Despite the fact that The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was only slightly over 400 pages, it took its time in leading the reader to discover the secrets Yeine's mother withheld from her family, the gods' stories, and Yeine's identity. I'm not saying it's slow because it certainly wasn't, but it was paced extremely well.

My favourite characters are Naha (the human in the day), T'vril, and occasionally, Sieh. Naha, for his bitterness of being the Nightlord's vessel, and his ending. T'vril, for his patience, tolerance, and bitterness. Sieh, for his adamance at  remaining childlike despite his godliness, his constant pining for Enefa, and his subtle bitterness at discovering Yeine was still not Enefa. I LIKE BITTER CHARACTERS. (Sobs.)

I do enjoy Yeine and Nahadoth the Nightlord too, but between them both was a kind of godly relationship that went way before the creation of humans. And because it wasn't that established, I couldn't really understand the link between the two, as it was with Itempas. Also, Yeine seemed to take her own life not very seriously... perhaps it was her birthright that made her so? I just don't really get her.

Aside from that, I love how the secrets came tumbling out, not by straightforward telling, but by cause-and-effect of previous decisions. It kept me on edge, wanting to know more and not really knowing if I would know them later on. I really like Jemisin's technique!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is definitely a seductive fantasy for adults. Neither overly heavy in politics, nor distasteful in its love-making scenes, it's a very balanced read. I'll be picking up the second book, The Broken Kingdoms, too and hopefully revisit some of my favourite characters from here.


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