After the death of her mother, Yeine Darr is surprised to hear her estranged grandfather name her one of three potential heirs. Now her cousins, the other two heirs, want her dead. To stay alive, she has to learn her way around the dynasty and the political complexities in its skytop palace while becoming acquainted with the gods her family has defeated and keeps as servants.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin is a fantastic story that combines power struggles, romance and a coming-of-age story. A compelling read, it introduces a creative new mythology with recognizable elements from various world religions. There are universal themes of order and chaos, and the explosive combination of the two which results in life. Fantasy with a touch of scifi, you'll find this book in the fiction stacks at the Central library, and as an ebook and a digital audiobook.
If you enjoy it as much as I did, you will be delighted to hear that this book is the first in a trilogy. The second is The Broken Kingdoms which is also available as a downloadable audiobook. The third, The Kingdom of Gods, is released at the end of October. I'll be placing a hold on it; feel free to join me.
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms