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Summary

The debut novel from the triple Hugo Award-winning N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season.

Winner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel.

Winner of the RT Reviewer's Choice Award.

Shortlisted for the Tiptree, the Crawford, the Nebula, the Hugo, the World Fantasy, the David Gemmell and the Goodreads Readers' Choice Awards.

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.

The Inheritance Trilogy begins with The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, continues in The Broken Kingdoms and concludes in The Kingdom of Gods.

©2010 N. K. Jemisin (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

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awesome

Loved it from start to finish. Brilliant author. Working my way through all audiobooks a available.

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Great story and narrator

This is like a revision of religion and history and human behaviour and a resetting of the balance. It’s so good to hear a story that turns tables in many ways, and is still a fulfilling fantasy novel. The narrator’s voice is perfect for the job and shapes and colours the story as it deserves. It’s delicate enough to be YA yet delivers a stronger hit overall.

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Very well done

I’ve read the book already and used this audiobook to be able to read it again whilst working, and the voice work and reading of it fits perfectly how I felt about it when reading !

The book is one of my favourites, I found Jemisin and read every single one of her books in a row within the month. The writing and storytelling are everything I ever wanted from sci-fi and everything missing from bland white colonial narratives. I absolutely recommend ‘hundred thousand kingdoms’ if you want to fall deeply in love, mourn, be terrified, be hopeful.

Plus, the way that it’s written - when you come back the second time, knowing the story, you will have your heart broken all over again. What are you waiting for!!!

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It was ok

The concepts within the story itself were interesting and enjoyable but unfortunately it lacked the word building and depth of character the story deserved. Also a little cheesy at times.

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