Have heard about two phenomenal reviews from major outlets in the last few days, which have constituted the BEST CHRISTMAS GIFTS EVAR. One of them I can’t tell you about until it’s official. The other, though, my agent sent to me tonight (yes, on a Saturday, day after Christmas, is she amazing or what?), from Romantic Times Book Reviews re The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms:
Top Pick! This is an astounding debut novel. The worldbuilding is solid, the characterization superb, the plot complicated yet clear. Yeine is a fantastic protagonist, and her journey toward her destiny is compelling and memorable. The secondary characters are equally well done, and all the details of the world come together for a cohesive and diverse whole. Look no further for an original and thought-provoking novel.
Note that this is from their print version. The e-version is subscribers only and will be available to non-subscribers in 2 months.
They rated it according to their system, which apparently doesn’t offer five stars but instead has “4 and 1/2 stars GOLD” — defined as “In a Class by Itself” — as its top rating. Their other ratings are 4 and 1/2 stars FANTASTIC [Keeper], 4 stars COMPELLING [Page Turner], 3 stars ENJOYABLE [Pleasant Read], 2 stars PROBLEMATIC [May Struggle to Finish], and 1 star SEVERELY FLAWED [Pass on This One]. I got the 4 and 1/2 GOLD.
So, I’m a writer, right? But suddenly words fail me. I’m… just… wow.