Monday, October 30, 2017

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1), by N.K. Jemisin (author), Casaundra Freeman (narrator)

Brilliance Audio, September 2010

I keep telling myself that N.K. Jemisin's work is exactly the sort of dark stuff I don't like.

And I keep loving it.

Yeine Darr is the ruler of a small kingdom in the north, a kingdom slowly dying from the hostility of her grandfather. Yet after her mother's mysterious death, her grandfather summons her to the fabulous city of Sky, where to her shock she is named one of his heirs.

This is not the good fortune it appears. It locks her in a death struggle with two cousins she had never met before--and she soon realizes she is supposed to lose, and die in the process.

And this struggle involves not just her unknown relatives, and the customs and traditions of Sky, very different from her homeland, but also the gods. The ruling god, Itempis, and his defeated kin, captives and tools of her grandfather, Dekarta Aramari, will all play a role in determining her future, and her kingdom's.

This is as fully realized a world and culture as The Silence of the Broken Earth trilogy, and much of it is dark and grim, and other things I don't care to read or listen to, except that, as I said, I find it utterly compelling. I need to keep going, and read more. Yeine is just too compelling, and I need to know what happens to her and her world.

Highly recommended

I bought this audiobook.