I’ve noticed for the last few weeks that the reviews of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms have come in waves. Usually there are a bunch of them on Monday; I guess people are writing them up over the weekend. I’m not sure how today will go, seeing as I’m writing this a little early in the day, but I did see one marvelous review from one of my favorite print magazines, Weird Tales. It’s short enough that I can retype it, so:
NEW AND FANTASTIC
THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS
by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit, $13.99, paperback)
This remarkable debut novel is not steampunk, but its alchemic mix of epic fantasy, cosmic science fiction, royal court intrigue, and profound sensuality ought to excite fans of every spec-fic subgenre. The young barbarian noblewoman Yeine is summoned to the miraculous floating city-palace of Sky, where her grandfather reigns over the world and her decadent cousin toys dangerously with the enslaved god of chaos, Nahadoth. Politics mixes with sorcery as war looms; also, a phenomenal sex scene.
Nice. Adding this one to the Reviews page.
It’s part of their steampunk month, hence the steampunk reference — and may I recommend this particular issue for that, if you’ve got a steampunk leaning? I’ve only dabbled myself, but this book is chock-full of steampunk novel reviews, steampunk short stories, a fascinating pseudo-realist article about a clockwork man, and ads for the upcoming Steampunk World’s Fair… which I can’t attend, because I’ve got a relative in town that week and also will be busy that weekend. =( But you guys should totally go.