After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.
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 with 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.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate -- and gods and mortals -- are bound inseparably together.
Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her "barbarian" homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.
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I am in awe of the minds of writers that can develop totally new worlds from their own imaginations. Such is the case of Rawlings and such is the case of N. K. Jemisin. I enjoyed the read entirely from my iPad Pro and looking forward to her next book. Kudos!
A Fantasy Treasure
Jemisin has created something entirely new in fantasy. Her world is something I haven’t seen before. Her world has a rich history, referenced in this book but ready to be fleshed out in future volumes. Original and yet familiar. Beautiful and yet cruel. Very much an exploration on colonialism as well as the replacement of polytheism with Christianity. Jemisin touches on the ways of matriarchy and patriarchal hatred of it. So much to digest and yet there’s even more in future volumes. What an achievement!
One of the best books I've ever read!!!