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427 pages, Paperback
First published February 25, 2010
“Live,” I said. “Why else do you think I put you here?”Why else? Why else indeed? I have a because... Because, at this point in time, 2:43pm GMT+3 in the year of our lord Beyonce Giselle Knowles C◼️◼️◼️◼️◼️ 2022, I believe I was officially put on this earth to shout about HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK IS.
My father dared ask my mother to dance; she deigned to consent. I have often wondered what he said and did that night to make her fall in love with him so powerfully, for she eventually abdicated her position to be with him. It is the stuff of great tales, yes? Very romantic. In the tales, such a couple lives happily ever after. The tales do not say what happens when the most powerful family in the world is offended in the process.Hook me, baby.
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“You are what your creators and experiences have made you, like every other being in this universe. Accept that and be done; I tire of your whining.”There is also commentary on class, agency, gender roles, colonization, freedom, free will. What's radical about this book is how it's the gods who are oppressed. The most powerful beings who caused CREATION are the ones subjugated. To undo or reform this level of oppression, a lot has to explode. Bang goes that revolution.
“It will do for now.”I was on my feet after that scene. This book is pure excitement. I haven't had the rush to read the next scene, playing the just one chapter game at bedtime, this pure unadulterated joy—something childlike and inchoate of the pollution of reality—in a long time. And for that, this book gets the most resounding five stars.
“For now?” Scimina stared at me, incredulous, then began to laugh.
“Oh, Cousin. Sometimes I wish your mother were still alive. She at least could have given me a real challenge.”
I had lost my knife, but I was still Darre. I whipped around and hit her so hard that one of her heeled shoes came off as she sprawled across the floor.
“Probably,” I said, as she blinked away shock and what I hoped was a concussion. “But my mother was civilized.”
For the record, my copy of N.K. Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms came courtesy of a contest conducted by the writer Tricia Sullivan, whose novel, Maul, I read a few years back and which which has since stayed with me far more strongly than most. I wish I could say the same about The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.
I did not answer, and after a moment Scimina sighed.
"So," she said, "there are new alliances being formed on Darr's borders, meant to counter Darr's perceived new strength. Since Darr in fact has no new strength, that means the entire region is becoming unstable. Hard to say what will happen under circumstances like that."
My fingers itched for a sharpened stone. "Is that a threat?"
"Please, Cousin. I'm merely passing the information along. We Arameri must look out for one another."
"I appreciate your concern." I turned to leave, before my temper slipped any further ...