Enter N.K. Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
I’ve had the novel on my to be read pile for quite a while now. The read along seemed like a great chance to finally move it off the pile and maybe find out what the buzz surrounding the book is all about.
So, here’s my first entry in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Read-Along. For the first week, the conversation covers the first nine chapters of the book. This week’s questions were kindly provided by Dab of Darkness. And if you want to know more, the read along is hosted by On Starships & Dragonwings, Little Red Reviewer, and Violin in a Void. You can even find the schedule for reading HERE if you’d like to join the fun.
1) We’ve met our narrator, Yeine. What are your first impressions? Do you like the chosen form of story telling so far?
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 think we’re going to find that Yeine is the best and worst of both worlds. I have a feeling that early on in her interactions at the court, that her mother’s influence is the largest on her. But I believe that as we continue to delve into her father’s world and just why her grandfather summoned her that some conflicts will begin to arise. (And I say this not having read past chapter nine yet…so if you’ve read ahead, please don’t tell me if I am right or wrong).
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?
I’m remind of the old adage that history is written by the victors. I’m curious to see what led to the Enefa becoming slaves, especially given that they’re gods within this universe. As for the backstory, I’m not sure who I’m most curious about just yet. Lots of mysteries abound, so far.
4) Nahadoth finally catches up to Yeine and his first words and actions are mysteries to her. Gibbering or meaning?
I have a feeling that it’s a bit of both.
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?
I get the feeling that Scimina and Relad are two ends of the spectrum in terms of how they act and that Yeine may be more of a “middle” person. She is clearly a bit confused and overwhelmed by her new situation and status. I get the feeling that Scimina or Relad could influence her over to their way of thinking or choices if Yeine is not careful. Or that they could become an ally long enough to discredit her or betray her.
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?
It seems like everyone wants something from her at this point. The question I find myself asking is should she give it to them and who is the right party to give her loyalty to.
I will admit that, so far, I am intrigued by this novel and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else thinks and discovering the secrets.