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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.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the debut novel from a major new voice in fantasy fiction.

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
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The hundred thousand kingdoms
May 1st, 2015
Although the author has incredible voice and starts out strong the main character waffles too much near the middle and end of the novel, making it a little difficult to continue. The world building is terrific, and the supporting cast is small but complex. Exempting the wishy washy nature that emerges in Yeine, the characters are intriguing, but some clearly deserve more spotlight. As with any author, there are favorites who dominate the scene often unnecessarily, which is slightly disappointing. The overarching story is interesting, and if it had been fleshed out a bit more it would've been a magnificent five star read. With first person perspective, you have to commit to making the main character likeabIe and relatable, which was often not the case, and the included romance seems hashed in to develop the story when it should be the other way around. I would still recommend this novel to readers looking for a slight romance with heavy fantasy elements, as it is an easy read with great dialogue and structure. 3.5\5 stars
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Very interesting read
December 14th, 2014
Excellent, very different from my usual reading, hard to get started but once you start, the story unique message,ideas come a live
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February 22nd, 2014
Relatively speaking, I tore through this book. It's been a long time since I have decided that reading was more important than sleep, and I would stay up, sometimes, two hours past my bed time to read more of this book. In short, I was really intrigued and excited. The first two or three chapters were slow moving. Sometimes I have difficulty following plot points when immediately thrown into a new world (it feels a lot like having difficulty memorizing streets when traveling in a new place for the first time), and this book did that to me. Once I got used to the world, however, things really picked up. One thing about me is that I LOVE creation mythology, and this book had a great deal of that. I love fantasy novels with new religions, but I especially love to be told the stories that the followers (and in this case, past followers) are told and tell. There was a great deal of that, and it kept me going. Additionally, I liked many of the gods I was supposed to like, and sympathized with them wholeheartedly. I'm not sure if I should have felt that way - we are often presented with the fact that they have their own motives and should be trusted. However, Yeine never seemed to strongly feel that way, so maybe that was why. I liked that Yeine was not always strong and was not always weak. This made her a complex character, which I very much liked. I enjoyed being able to understand her motivations, even when I realized that mine would have been very different. The fact that I could sympathize with some decisions that may not have been the best makes for some good reading. I do not very much enjoy romance in my books, because often the book is taken over by the romance and that's all the book becomes. This book was so much better than that, I actually enjoyed reading about Yeine's romantic feelings (minus the last sex scene in the book, which just kind of felt awkward... but, then, I guess it would be kind of awkward to have sex with a god) as they did not seem to be her entire motivation. I think my biggest qualm was that the book ended too easily. Everything wrapped up neatly. Which might have been okay had the whole book not presented such complications to Yeine. Knowing that The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is part of a trilogy makes me feel a little better about it, but not a lot. I think that was why I took off a star. I would definitely recommend this book to others. I am not sure if it will be one of the books that I read again from needing to be part of that world again, but that may be for the best - very few of the secondary characters are worth spending time with again (which is what they are supposed to be like, so it's not from bad writing). I am very much interested in reading the second book. If I could, I would have given it 4.5 stars.
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