Friday, October 22, 2010

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms review

Description: 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 with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

My Thoughts: I had never heard of this book until a few months ago, yet I heard there was a lot of hype behind this book. Where was I? I’m not sure, but I’m almost glad I didn’t know about it earlier. Not knowing about this book led me to have few expectations. What got me to buy a copy was the great rating it got over on The Book Smugglers website. Because I didn’t want to have big expectations, I decided to only look at their rating, instead of their actual review. I knew I HAD to have it because it contained a city in the sky, an heir bound for death, and gods. Seeing as how I love mythology, I was more than ready to try this book out.

I’m glad I did. I loved it so much that it will undoubtedly be in my top books read in 2010 list. It had romance, wit, political scandal, and elegant dialogue. I couldn't go too many pages without finding a line that told a poetic truth, or made me giggle due to its cleverness. The romance was sexy and dangerous. It was even mysterious at first, because initially I didn't know who Yeine's (main) love interest was.

I loved the way the author writes. This has no similarities to the Wicked Lovely series, but it does remind me of why I love Melissa Marr. Their ability to create worlds and tie everything together is amazing. Everything flowed for me, even when I didn't quite understand certain scenes (or forgot what character went with which name). There wasn’t a real cliffhanger at the end, but I'm extremely excited to see what the characters are up to, and how they're dealing with their present settings. I’m getting The Broken Kingdoms (second book in the series) as soon as possible.

1 comment:

  1. This is not at all the type of book I normally read, but I read an excerpt on the author's website and was totally hooked. I was waiting for it to come down in price, though. I just bought it this week and it's on my list to read over the weekend. I can't wait to read it.


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