Friday, June 15, 2012
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
Though this book came highly recommended by A Dribble of Ink, I'm afraid that I wasn't able to finish it. I got about halfway through the novel and hadn't really developed any great sympathy for the protagonist, Yeine. Yeine is the daughter of the heiress of the Arameri, who rule the hundred thousand kingdoms. Yeine's mother gave it all up for the love of a man, and ran off to one of the smaller, weaker kingdoms to marry him and bear his child. Yeine's mother is dead, as is her father, and her grandfather, Dekarta, has now summoned her to the capitol, to take her place among the rival heirs to the kingdom - or so it would seem on the surface. There's quite a bit of plotting and backstabbing going on in the capitol, including even the gods that the Arameri are somehow able to control through their hereditary powers. Unfortunately, I found the whole pace to be too slow, and the intrigue not terribly...well...intriguing.