The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) (Paperback)

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy #1) (Paperback)


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This is book number 1 in the The Inheritance Trilogy series.

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If you want a kick-ass female protagonist in a sensual, magical setting, read this book. Yeine is from a culture of warrior women but she has to step down as ruler of her supposedly barbarian realm when she is summoned as one of the potential heirs to the leader of the entire world. But life in Sky--a palace located, you guessed it, in the sky--presents more dangers than Yeine has ever faced before, both within the walls and within herself. Sky is an incredible book setting. It's a place where exiled gods are slaves and aristrocratic death plots reach new levels. It's also incredibly sexy. (Hint: If you think Fifty Shades of Grey sounds exciting, I can promise it's nothing compared to a sex scene in this book that is quite literally out of this world.) N.K. Jemisin's world-building is expertly done, and her gods remind me of the jealous, sensual beings from Greek mythology... only much more dangerous. And you'll cheer for Yeine as she becomes the person she was meant to be and then some in this adventure.

— Danielle

After her mother's mysterious death, a young woman is summoned to the floating city of Sky in order to claim a royal inheritance she never knew existed in the first book in this award-winning fantasy trilogy from the NYT bestselling author of The Fifth Season.

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 with 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.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate -- and gods and mortals -- are bound inseparably together.
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at

Product Details ISBN: 9780316043915
ISBN-10: 0316043915
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: February 25th, 2010
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: The Inheritance Trilogy
"In the first book of Jemisin's richly detailed Inheritance trilogy, an outcast heroine must find a way to hold her own amid the treachery of her grandfather's court. I've got a special place in my heart for political intrigue, so this book was a delight through and through!"—Cassandra Clare

"THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is the provocative and exciting debut novel by a writer whose work I hope to be reading for a long time to come."

Kate Elliott, author of Shadow Gate

"In THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS, N.K. Jemisin has created a smart, passionate heroine and an extraordinary world. Marvelous work from a marvelous storyteller!"—Carol Berg, author of Breath and Bone

"Many books are good, some are great, but few are truly important. Add to this last category The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin's debut novel... This is the must-read fantasy of the year."—Booklist