The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms : Inheritance Trilogy (Jemisin)

  • by N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by Casaundra Freeman
  • Series: Inheritance Trilogy (Jemisin)
  • 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

“Jemisin’s engaging debut grabs readers right from the start…a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.” (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

A wonderful book, beautifully read

A wonderful book, beautifully read.

It has Intricate and compelling characters facing difficult choices in a moral morass. It contains a look into the mechanisms of power and, the resistances of powerlessness. In this fantasy world the gods walk amongst us and, as in any great mythology, they are as emotionally complex as the rest of us. Wholly recommended.

Jemisin has become my most fav author.
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- midian

dull and a different kind of story than I expected

What would have made The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms better?

From the description and title and book cover I thought this would be a book about many kingdoms possibly different worlds as well as political intrigue and a woman trying to adjust to a different way of life. Instead you only hear about a few countries and only experience 2 which lack description and so instead of being able to visualise these places they're just bland rooms in a bland house full of bland people. It's like the writer watched a movie of the book but hasn't realised that nobody else saw the movie so doesn't bother describing key elements of the world, more description would definitely have helped. The protagonist has been trained in the culture of the this palace and so knows how to fit in but gives up fairly quickly, the contest for the throne isn't really a contest and no one really does anything apart from making petty threats, the politics is almost none existent. I didn't care about the main character at all and cared even less about all he other characters apart from the child God. Apart from him the characters were very flat, maybe if it hadn't been written in the first person there would have been more opportunities for depth but you only get a very narrow view of this world from the main characters perspective. Also the fact that it's first person narrative means you don't really believe that she's going to die as it's the first of a trilogy. I found the pointless focus on sex boring and had no interest if it turned into a love story of was just lust I just didn't care. I'm not a romantic maybe others enjoyed that but not me.

Would you ever listen to anything by N. K. Jemisin again?


What three words best describe Casaundra Freeman’s voice?

Perfectly acceptable voice

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The child God was a nice character and if the story had been from his perspective I might have enjoyed it more

Any additional comments?

Could have been really good, was a great concept but disappointingly boring all the way through

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- M. J. Curran

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2010
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio