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

From today on I am only going to post reviews three times a week because I can’t keep up with this pace while I have been so slow at reading. I am very sad I am having to do this, but I think regular posting is more important than lots of posting. I hope you understand. Thanks. Now lets get on with todays review.

There’s truth even in tainted knowledge, if one reads carefully

I was looking forward to an epic fantasy and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms didn’t succeed in blowing me away. I thought the main character didn’t seem to belong in her world.

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


Title & Author: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Release date: February 25 2010
Series: Inheritance Trilogy
Publisher: Orbit


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.

I give The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin two out of five hearts because there was a lot of exposition in this novel and the main character didn’t seem to belong in this world, which made the exposition worse.

N.K. Jemisin has created a really beautiful world with great side characters. But the main character, Yeine, left a lot to be desired. She was a queen in one of all the Kingdoms and when she is assigned three Kingdoms to co-rule over, she doesn’t know what to do and needs all the help she can get. She seemed like a fish out of the water even though she should have a least a basic knowledge on how to rule a kingdom.

The book is full of exposition and most of it is caused by Yeine’s lack of knowledge. The exposition in a novel should be only necessary when the main character has literally no knowledge at all on the world and everything needs to be explained. But when a character is from that world that shouldn’t be necessary and this book is full of it, almost 20 percent of the beginning is full of exposition and it got me really annoyed. From there it just got worse and I really noticed it hurt my enjoyment of the novel. But it could have been worse.

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