In this brilliantly original debut fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.
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.
The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods
The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)
For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun
The Broken Earth The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky
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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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!
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!
It was really just not good.. It wasn't the worst, I blame the editing. With practice this author could amount to something interesting, especially if they look outside their own warped idea of how things work and actually observe human interaction.