The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

This is N.K. Jemisin’s first novel.  She’s written a few since then, but I wanted to start at the beginning to see how her style progresses.

Jemisin has a lot of strengths as an author.  Her plotting is superb – clear, original and able to incorporate a lot while keeping the story easy to follow.  Also, she can maintain a pretty large cast of characters without over or under developing anyone.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms gives us an up-close look at gods.  This is a daring challenge for any author, let alone someone writing their first (published) novel.  Most fantasy authors keep gods simple – usually some powerful being that only shows itself at the end of a tale, ushered in by some villain and immediately driven away by the protagonist.  Jemisin’s gods are the main characters – and she makes them believable.

Jemisin is a master world builder!  She will have you seeing everything from palace chambers to distant lands in colourful detail.

– Cowering King

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is a daring look at a gods and their daily struggles – which are not so different from our own.  Original writing at its best!

– Cowering King

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