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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Read-a-long! {Week 1}

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin Read-a-long

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin Read-a-long!

Nrlymrtl of Dab of Darkness is up to her old tricks and roped me into another read-a-long this month :D. This time, we’re reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin which I had absolutely no hope of saying no to. I have been meaning to read this one since I heard of it earlier this year and then when all the bigoted hate towards Jemisin started, I just wanted to read her amazing books and support her even more! Therefore, read-a-long time :D. And probably a giveaway at the end to celebrate this awesome author <3.

If you still want to join up, you totally can! Just email me at onstarshipsanddragonwings at gmail dot com and I’ll get you on the list :D. We’re going to be doing ~100 pages a week for the next couple of weeks :). Below are the questions and answers for chapters 1-9!

1) We’ve met our narrator, Yeine. What are your first impressions? Do you like the chosen form of story telling so far? 

OMG I LOVE IT! These breaks in between the actual story of Yeine’s scattered thoughts are just so much fun. It makes me suspicious that something happens to make her mind more scattered since she talks about needing to remember. I love flawed narration and I love Yeine as a narrator so I’m freaking ecstatic :D.

2) Yeine essentially has two families – the Darre (her father’s people) and the Arameri (her mother’s people). What do you think of her two halves? Do you think one will win out over the other within Yeine?

I’m very much hoping that she stays true to the Darre part of her. They just seem like much better people obviously ;-). I love the emphasis of strength as beauty and strength of women in the Darre culture that Yeine has referred to. It seems likely that she’ll have to play the Arameri games, but really, she better not turn into them at her core ;-).

3) We meet the Enefa, the enslaved gods. Which do you wish to know the backstory to the most? What do you think of their enslavement?

Sieh is currently top of my intrigued list. We have a bit of an idea of what is going on with the others, but I’m curious as to Sieh’s real intentions and nature. He does the typical trickster god thing, sure, but there is obviously a lot more under the surface. The gods have already referenced something being special and important about Yeine, and it looks like Sieh is the one mostly driving that interest, so I can’t wait to find out what that is about.

4) Nahadoth finally catches up to Yeine and his first words and actions are mysteries to her. Gibbering or meaning? 

Meaning! Well they better have meaning at least, haha. No red herrings please D: I’m thinking some of the weirdness was due to him coming out of a magic coma from the orders/daylight, but he seems to also have a very vested interest in Yeine so I’m thinking we’ll find out that his kissing weirdness does have significance.

5) We’ve met the competition for the unspoken throne – Lady Scimina and Lord Relad. How do you think they will complicate Yeine’s life?

Apart from trying to kill her?? ;-) I can see Scimina deciding to impede Yeine’s search for the truth about her mother and her attempts to help her old country just for the same of being cruel in addition to trying to win the competition. Relad is a strange one though, since he is obviously so broken. I’m hoping that he comes around and turns out to have goodness in him that has just been beaten down for too long.

6) The Enefa obviously want something from Yeine. What do you think that is and how do you think Yeine will react to their wants? 

*crosses fingers* Please don’t be a chosen one, please don’t be a chosen one, please don’t be a chosen one. Whew, but seriously, Yeine obviously has some special quality that they gods have been referring to, but I really don’t need another chosen one story ;-). As long as the gods have a just reason for asking for her help, I see Yeine reacting positively. It’ll just be all about how people go about making “requests” I think.

Yey, time to go read Chapters 10-16 and we’ll be here for questions next week :D. So, have you read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms already? Have any vague chuckling you want to do as this newbie finally reads it??

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

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  1. I think you’re right about Scimina – she’d just be cruel for the sake of it. I can see Relad having a bit of goodness in him. Currently he just seems annoyed by the whole fiasco, rather than openly malicious like his sister. I hope he’ll come back into the story soon.

    Oh, i hate chosen ones too! I mean, there are a few I’ve enjoyed, but it’s been done to death. Such a boring plot now.

  2. Oh, the title sounds wonderful! I might look into this one!
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  3. I downloaded the audio book to help me get the (recommended) pronunciations in my head and I found it helped me see the first few chapters as very conversational. I am intrigued to see where things head and what role Yeine can and will play in all of this. I think there is more to the story than she is letting on.

  4. I am very glad I decided to join. Who knows if I would have ever picked it up myself otherwise?
    And what’s that about bigoted hate toward the author?

    The chosen one? Oh well, she certainly seems to be special so I guess we might be going that way. ;)
    Anyway, I certainly can’t wait to see what happens with the Enefa and why do they need Yeine…

    • Right?? That was my feeling too! There was some drama earlier this year where another big author (don’t remember who) criticized Jemisin and she spoke out with an acceptance speech for an award I think and then this really horrible “author” blogger wrote a post including references to tribal barbarians and jungle people in horrendously bigoted reference to her race and gender. It was just shocking how hateful someone could be but she just powered through and didn’t give him the time of day <3

  5. This is my second time reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and I’m loving it even more than the first time. I’m paying more attention to the lore about the gods and the parables and stories that Yeine tells as she explains to us her world. N.K. Jemisin is the kind of author who can have you wrapped up in a story from the very first page… :)

    • This is definitely a book that I would love to reread, since I bet things have a very different meaning once we find out what’s really going on ;-)

  6. I loved The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms! I read it last year and it was actually the very first review I posted. :) I would like to continue on with the series eventually (although I’m not in a rush as I’ve heard they’re more companion novels).
    I actually have Jemisin’s adult sci fi novel The Killing Moon on my Kindle – I’ve heard great things about it so am excited to eventually read it.
    I hope you love this series! And read more Jemisin!
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  7. I’m also hoping she stays true to her Darre part, the just sound like much better people, even though everyone keeps calling her a barbarian. And yes a part of me is hoping that it isn’t a chosen one story but if its done well then it could be good. I’m much more intrigued by all the characters and I really want to know more about Sieh and Nahadoth.

  8. Ah! I loved Jemisin’s other series. Sounds like this one’s pretty cool too. Wish I had time to read it right now, along with 800 other books. :-p

    (I hope there’s no chosen one. Hahahaha)
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    • Oo, which other series? I think this one is the only one of hers that I know of so far D: Hehe, I hear ya! I like co-hosting because it makes me stick with it ;-)

  9. Sieh is one of my favorite characters. He definitely has needs, and so far, those needs are simple – snuggling, acting like a kid, etc. His powers to move through out the palace are intriguing. I wonder who cleans up after him? It’s not like the palace servants can, as they can’t move through walls as he can.

    Yeine’s scattered thoughts and her need to remember…well, I do remember the answer to that little question of yours, and I won’t spoil. Don’t worry – it is worthy.

    • Haha, that’s a good point! Maybe everything just magically cleans itself up? >.>

      Dude, I just hit one of the big reveals in the next section, omg you were right.

  10. ” It makes me suspicious that something happens to make her mind more scattered since she talks about needing to remember.”

    I was wondering about that!! are we going to get to a point where she’s an unreliable narrator? :D

    I don’t think Yeine is in any danger of going Arameri. After the way she was treated her first day at Sky? Who the hell would want to adopt that culture? She might wear their clothes and eat their food, but I don’t think she’ll ever give up her Darreness, and that’s a good thing!

    Sieh is so much fun! with his childlike nature, he’s probably the easiest Enefa to talk to, the easiest “person” to get some info from. but who knows if he’d tell the truth? He does seem to enjoy being social, so that’s a plus.

    • Or maybe she is already and we don’t know it yet D:

      Very agreed, though it might be good if she learned to be a little sneakier *sigh* I just worry about her D:

  11. I adored this book. I have a soft spot for both Sieh and Nahadoth, because dammit, they’re both so awesome!

    If I wasn’t already behind on my reading, I’d totally be doing a reread of this one along with you and the others. Hope you enjoy it, and the rest of the series!

    • So agreed, I love them both already, though they’re also breaking my heart D:

      I completely understand! I don’t really have time either but couldn’t resist since it’s been on the list for so long ;-)


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