Thoughts on The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
In order to stretch ourselves, my online book club decided to read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin. Since it’s considered high fantasy, it’s way out of my comfort zone, but I hoped reading it and discussing it with others would help me appreciate the genre more.
The publisher describes the book this way:
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.
I have to admit to being confused while I read the book. I had trouble keeping track of the characters and what was going on. As I finished the book, I discovered three appendices in the back, that probably would have helped if I’d seen them before I read the book – A Glossary of Terms, A Clarification of Terms and Historical Record. Reading them at the end didn’t clear up my confusion.
I looked forward to my book club’s discussion and hoped someone would be able to explain things to me, but everyone who finished the book seemed to feel the same way I did. This is the first book in a trilogy and none of us plan to read the rest of the books. I did a little research and discovered that the reviews for this book are mixed – true fantasy lovers seem to adore it and everyone else feels the way my book club did. Since I don’t know enough about the genre, I feel I really can’t comment on the quality of the book. The one member of my book club who is a fantasy reader wasn’t able to attend the meeting, but she loved the book – check out her review. If you enjoy fantasy and have read this book, I’d love to know what you thought of it.