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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2010 N.K. Jemisin (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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“Jemisin’s engaging debut grabs readers right from the start…a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists.” ( Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Bleu on 02-02-14

Great Writing, Fantastic Worldbuilding

I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.

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47 of 48 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nicole on 12-19-14

Read.This.Book. Or listen to it. Or whatever.

I loved this book. Loved. I am a fantasy fan in general, but have been a little frustrated with the quality of the writing in my last few reads. Sometimes I think that the driving plots I so enjoy force good writing to a distant second priority. I did not find that to be this case with this surprising novel (is this her first novel? astonishing), which called to my mind old favorites by Ursula K LeGuin.

And the reader cannot be neglected: she is amazing. Although her pace is a little quick, and it took a while to get used to, I honestly can't imagine reading this book without the benefit of Freeman's voice to add dimension to the characters. Sieh in particular was just as irresistible to me as he was to Yeine herself, and I can still hear his childlike voice in my head.

I'm going to read it again. And I never do that!

I hope the other two in the trilogy are half as good...

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28 of 31 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 10-19-17

Brilliantly detailed story.

Great listen and perfect voice acting for the character, kept me listening. On to book 2 now.

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4 out of 5 stars
By ubaidu on 08-20-16

fantastic story made better by the performance

just a terrific tale with great characters made even better by the amazing performance can't recommend enough

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3 out of 5 stars
By Coz on 09-06-17

Potential but doesn't quite get there.

Great concept, interesting world but way too shallow a slice of it. Lacked substance and depth. Seemed like a young adult novel or a dressed up romance. Still interesting enough though.

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