Eurydice Howell

A professional blog about not so professional things


April 2015

[Review] N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms

When I first picked up The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, I did so with the intention of reading the entire Inheritance trilogy. I am a woman of color who had never been exposed to fantasy/sci-fi authors of color, and this one came with recommendations. You learn to appreciate these things.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Broken Kingdoms takes place ten years after the events of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, when godlings are once again allowed to roam the planet. Following up from the first book, we meet a blind painter named Oree Shoth, who only knows that Bright Itempas has allowed other gods to be worshiped instead of just him. Oree has the unique ability to see magic, and creates beautiful images in the secrecy of her own home whilst selling gaudy knickknacks to pay the bills. In the ten years since the godlings appeared, Oree has learned to adjust. That is, until someone starts murdering godlings, and Oree gains a roommate in one who won’t stay dead. Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all he can do.

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[Review] N. K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

So this week, I made headway into my unread shelves. Or rather, I made headway into my comic book shelf, and read a book that I had sitting on my bookshelf, but had not actually been a part of my unread shelf. Makes much more sense.

In any case, I told myself that I would review the book, so here’s me doing that.

In N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, Yeine Darr hasn’t been allowed to properly mourn her mother’s death before she is summoned to visit her grandfather in the Arameri stronghold, Sky. Upon meeting her grandfather, she is told that she is now in competition with her cousins to become the new leader of the Arameri. She must now find a way to win, whilst learning the dangers of the world that her mother left behind.

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