The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

“But once there were only three, most powerful and glorious of all: the god of day, the god of night, and the goddess of twilight and dawn.Or light and darkness and the shades between. Or order, chaos, and balance. None of that is important because one of them died, the other might as well have, and the last is the only one who matters anymore.”

And it was with a little sigh of satisfaction and a sense of fullness (but not to the point of being overstuffed) that I finished this book.

Perhaps there was a feeling of relief too. Because it had lived up to my expectations. And oh, were my expectations high. Largely because of Eva’s review and her link to this article in Salon. Plus the fact that it won the 2011 Locus Award for Best First Novel and was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, Tiptree and World Fantasy awards.

I love going into a book, especially fantasy and SF, not knowing much about it. And what a ride this was. But perhaps you might need a tidbit. This is a world of gods and mortals, and features an incredible character in Yeine who comes from a matriarchal warrior tribe and who is named heir to the hundred thousand kingdoms.

“I am short and flat and brown as forestwood, and my hair is a curled mess. Because I find it unmanageable otherwise, I wear it short. I am sometimes mistaken for a boy.”

And as we discover the city of Sky and the Arameri society with her, we realise just how strong and yet so very likeable she is.

A fantastic read.

Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy, but it works fine as a standalone read. Broken Kingdoms and The Kingdom of Gods make up the rest of the series.

This is my second read for Once Upon a Time VI.


  1. I’ve never heard of this book before, but thanks to your review, I really want to now! Thank you =)


  2. I have this one on audio but am doubting my ability to listen attentively to it; are there tonnes of characters in it that I’ll struggle to keep straight without a Cast of Characters list to flip to regularly, do you think? I have the same high expectations that you do, and for largely the same reasons (!), so I’m pleased to hear that you feel they were met!


    1. There are quite a few characters, yes. But it might not be too confusing….? (as you know I have little experience with audiobooks).
      However, you now have me quite curious! I would love to know what you think of the audio version.


  3. I am really looking forward to this, especially now that I’ve seen how enthusiastic you are about it! Isn’t it the most wonderful feeling when you finish a fabulous fantasy book to know that there are others book waiting for you, set in the same world? I find that so comforting and exciting at the same time.


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