Epiphany | The Inheritance Trilogy Non-Wiki: Characters
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the the first part of The main plot of the story is the growing relationship between Yeine and Nahadoth. The next book on my list, N. K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, isn't is provoked by an emotionally and physically intimate relationship. case for the ending being a “Happily Ever After,” let's use the comments. Head of the Arameri family at the time of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. shortly after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, leaving T'vril Arameri as his heir. he has voluntarily given up meaningful relationships with any other human.
To my surprise I quickly realised that the political intrigue was a back drop.
The story was actually just as much about the gods, especially Nahadoth. In fact I would argue the main plot of the story is the growing relationship between Yeine and Nahadoth. The story focuses a lot on the strange romance between the two, so much so that I around the middle of the book I realised that I was in fact reading a book of romantic fantasy.
This caught me by surprise since I had no indication that this was going to be a love story on the back of the book except for a single ambiguously worded tagline.
Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms | The Literary Omnivore
The blurb never mentioned anything that would imply a romantic connection. I am aware that this is likely a marketing issue but it is still something which bugged me as I likely would have approached it differently if I was aware of the heavy romance element. The narrative of the novel was quite confusing, with the story being told in retrospection in a frame narrative as Yeine struggles to remember the events of the novel.
Into his shadow her life is swallowed, her fate as future empress, following. The climax drawing all of these aspects together in the context of her family and the gods, it makes for intense, powerful reading that indicate Jemisin has some talent as a storyteller.Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N. K. Jemisin - Book Review
The twist, however, is that they are subject to humanity, rather than vice-versa. Perhaps the most intriguing part of the novel, the gods exist under the thumb of humans, making for interesting playthings—something that plays out best in the exciting climax.
Rather than locating her two main plot motivators naturally and appropriately, she loads them one on top of the other at the outset, to the detriment of one. It provides a reason for her to travel so far from Dara to Sky, something to do in the opening section of the story, as well as an excuse for Jemisin to worldbuild as Yeine hunts for clues.
But onto this Jemisin loads a three-way fight-to-the-death for the throne. If the fight were to play out in dramatic terms, i. I wanted to get to know everybody and then let them simmer for a while.
Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
I wanted expansiveness, where usually I want everything trimmed the hell down why are fantasy epics a trillion books long. Why are they allowed to have such massive plot-diversions that they end up entirely outside the narrative flow of the book, like an oxbow lake.
I loved the ambiguity of the romance-plot, and the complete absence of Judeo-Christian sexual mores, but something about the power dynamic between Nahadoth an enslaved god and Yeine made me squirm. In my experience, dangerous and sexy are mutually exclusive categories. But, again, these are personal-level critiques.
The Other Side of the Rain
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms moves beyond my quibbles, and delves successfully into the politics of race and gender. It feels a little absurd to isolate the political aspects, because it implies that the little-p politics that define our beliefs and social values could ever be separated from our writing. In an interview with the International Socialist ReviewMeiville was asked how Marxism shapes his fiction.
Got to bring in class into this!
Jemisin sees the world, too.