Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Open Chat Thread

OK, since the book has now been out for more than a week, I think it might be fun for me to create a space here where readers can chat with each other about the book’s characters or content. Spoilers will abound necessarily, and I’ll be keeping an eye on the thread to make sure things stay civil, but other than that I will be hands-off here. Want to speculate about future books of the trilogy? Rant about characters who should’ve gotten more story time, or characters you just want to hate? Rave about characters who surprised you in a good way? Have at it.

Going to see if I can find a way to put this as a permanent link somewhere in the sidebar, so people can add things to it on an ongoing basis.

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  1. Hi Alia,

    I didn’t intend a Christian ending, but if it works as such, cool. The mythology of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is partially mooched from Christianity (the Holy Trinity), and also Hinduism (the Trimurti), Egyptian mythology, and Greek mythology. I meant for it to resemble all those religions to some degree, and a few others besides.

    Glad you liked it!

  2. Michael,

    I’m not really sure what you’re asking, here. It sounds like you basically want me to recap the whole plot of the book? If I can suggest, maybe just reading it again would help. To recap it here would force me to put spoilers into this thread, which I’d rather not do. Maybe you can ask someone else who read the book for a private recap?

  3. Hi Diana,

    I hadn’t intended to insert a Freudian vibe, but you’re not the first to note that there’s an obvious connection there — Nahadoth as Id, Enefa/Yeine as Ego, Itempas as Superego. Sieh’s definitely got some Id to him too, but that won’t get developed ’til book 3. :)

    Anyway, glad you liked the book!

  4. Nancy,

    ::chuckle:: Did you ever get around to sending the book to your friend? Or did you bogard it for yourself? :) Thanks for the comment!

  5. I AM currently bogarding because I keep wanting to go back and re read parts for clarification and since it is a trilogy, I really don’t want to send it to him now. LOL But I will and will probably end up buying another copy for my library, which says a lot as I am a “less is more girl,” and usually recycle books when I am done to make room for new ones. I read a lot ;-)

    Thanks for responding, all the best!


  6. I just finished the book! Literally.
    It was pretty awful because I couldn’t focus on my classes just thinking about what was next, and when I came home I just took the book to my couch and emerged until dinner time. I must say no homework was done around this last week :)

    It’s also kind of funny that I took this book when I was in a rush on B&B, I just looveed the title, and then the cover. I hadn’t read any review or summary :) Result: Best purchase ever!

    I absolutely loved it! I has been so long since a science fiction book caught me so fast! I can’t believe what an amazing world you created, and the characters! I loved and hated and cried and… well, all the things one does with an amazing book. I must said I peeked a little into the second book description halfway through the first book and thought I wouldn’t read it since it didn’t follow (mainly) the same characters, but now I’m hooked. I HAVE TO HAVE IT! The last 100 pages were epic. It was just so unexpected. It was the most unexpected thing, and I pride myself with knowing how the book ends in its first 50 pages! Just joking. But I truly liked how you created all this cultural differences and took time to explain the character’s pasts and upbringing and how it affected them.

    So… after reading your blog and trying to google you in search of more fans (I feel compelled to create a fansite or something, except I have no idea how) and realizing “the hundred thousand” is your debut, I just feel like thanking you. And congratulating you on your amazing first book. I will be your fervent fan from now on.

    Greetings from Mexico!

  7. Dear Ms. Jemisin,

    I loved your first book in the Inheritance Trilogy, and cannot wait for the second to be released! You truly are a spiritual heir to Octavia Butler. May your writing career be long and well-rewarded —

    Evie Shockley

  8. I just want to say that I’ve read The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms a couple of times already, and that it completely swept me off my feet (and still does each time). I am waiting with bated breath for the second installment to come in the mail, and I just want to thank you for putting such a delightful protagonist into the world.


  9. Just received the second book…can’t wait to crack it open! Thanks for giving me some exciting reading to look forward to ;-)


  10. I just finished reading “The Broken Kingdoms” yesterday; wonderful book! But it has been so long since I read “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” that I didn’t remember what had happened in it AT ALL! So I went to the library, picked it up and just finished rereading it. Fabulous! Now I’m going to reread “Broken” so I can pull all the threads together again. I’ll buy all 3 books when I can afford them; they MUST go into my personal collection. They are so rich in texture, so magical in flavor, so beautiful in conception… Thank you for writing them–and I can hardly wait for the 3rd to be published!

  11. Thanks so much for this book–the best I’ve read in a long, long time. Every time I picked it up, it made the rest of the world fall away. It made a long commute into something I looked forward to. I’ve ordered Broken Kingdoms, and can’t wait for it to arrive.

    I loved how surprising and yet totally right the ending was–from the moment I discovered the truth about Viraine onward, I could hardly breathe.

    I just ached that it had to end. I loved how satisfied I felt, though, and was so glad that Yeine was able to remain herself through everything.

    While reading the book, I’ve been obsessively visiting this site looking for trivia about it. I loved the post where you talked about how you came to write it–deciding to write the book that you really wanted to write.

    I wish I had more coherent praise, but I just finished the book a couple hours ago. I’m beside myself waiting for the rest, and found out you have two more books coming out in 2012! I’m so excited for that!

  12. Norah, I promised you a pic of my Pom reading your book.. well, you’ve had two out now, so I have two different Poms reading them.. can you send me an email with a place (your email or a site) that I can give you those pics? They’re kinda funny :D


  13. I’m so happy I finally heard about this book. Shows how little SF/F I have time to read these days I guess )= I was doubtful about getting it at first but…it ended up being a real struggle to put it down and go to sleep last night, and then going back to reading it was all I could think about when I woke up.

    I absolutely adored Sieh, but Nahadoth was my favourite character by far =) Glad to see there’s another book out, but I think I should get some work done first before I let myself lay my hands on it ;)

  14. ok i scrolled down the site fast n then found this link , having just finished 100,000 kingdoms, i wanted to post. 1st i never even thought about the writers race , that’s just me , but i read a lot (since i quit smoking)and i LOVED this book ! well done , finely crafted , and hard to put down . I have a wide varitey of authors in my library and now add N. K. J. to the greats ! i have every Anne McCaffrey book, and many Tad Williams , Robin Hobb , Charelain Harris , Laurell K. Hamilton , and recently added Patricia Briggs and Shanna Abe and so many others . once again HIGH PRAISE and looking forward to the next book .(i now have) this 50 year old MWM from Mich is a fond fan ! More Please , n thx

  15. hi Nora, yeah i’m on first names term now … just wanted to say that i’m a fan… i don’t know how many fans from the middle east you have.. but i’m working on increasing the number

    i’m a member in a group in which slects books evey month to discuss them… we read both of your books and it’s safe to say that everyone who read them loved them…
    i just wanted to invite you to check our discussions in the group.. having your input is most appreciated.. it might even useful for you when making you FAQ

    the hundred thousand kingdoms

    The broken kingdoms

  16. Hi! Sorry if I’m resurrecting a dead thread. I just read the first two books. Since you mentioned earlier that you read manga, I have to ask, are the Trinity inspired by Naruto? Specifically, Team 7. A lot of the dynamics seem similar, if twisted around, and I don’t think OT3s were as prevalent before Naruto….

  17. Just finished reading “The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”…and I’m so happy that there is more to this story and I get to eventually read two more books set in this world! :)

    It almost seems like you’ve somehow taken a recurring dream of mine and found the best words I couldn’t put together coherently to tell the story I’ve been wanting to read. Thanks for writing it!

    – t

  18. I’m French and I’ve just finished the 2nd book which was released two weeks ago in France. I really appreciate your trilogy and I find it’s sad that your books are not famous enough in my country so I recommended it to my friends and my family and they loved it!

    I think the world you created is really interesting. I like fantasy writers who try to invent something fresh and new. Your characters are fascinating and I became attached to them. The twists and turns of the plot are surprising and I’m really eager to read the 3rd book !

    I’m currently trying to write a fantasy book and I have to admit you are a role model to me. I hope I could write as well as you.

    Thank you very much for your books and keep up the good work !

  19. I have just finished reading “One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” and loved it!! Like Diana (above) I was very impressed by your world-building. This book (and perhaps the series, once I read them all) might be up there with my two favourite speculative/sci-fi/fantasy novels: Xenogenesis trilogy by Octavia Butler and The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin.

    I think what fascinated me most about the book however was the very palpable sensory and emotional moments in the novel. These are not normally aspects of novels that I tend to pay close attention to. However, while I was reading the book, I was writing about emotional geographies. So I read One Hundred Thousand Kingdoms paying attention to Yeine’s (the main character’s) physical and emotional interaction with other people, events and places. I think the very palpable descriptions make the emotions, sensations and feelings emerge out from the book; they make you engage more deeply with the Yeine’s story as well as the story of the gods and godlings.

    The storytelling is incredible and I love the novel seems to have many aspects of contemporary ‘reality’ (as any good speculative writer does, in my opinion) and challenges us to think about the taken-for-granted categories, discourses and ways of being in our everyday. Love the book and cannot wait to read the next in the trilogy.