Published by Orbit on Oct 1, 2010
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Format: Paperback from Purchased
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Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
I picked this book up after I saw a readalong going on for it. I started after week 2 of 4, intending to join in and catch up with the readalong questions. Instead, I flew through the book, never stopping to answer the questions. I couldn’t, I needed to know what happened next.
I loved the world building, the characters, and the gods. I basically loved everything about this story. There is an intense complexity woven into the story, and yet it’s easy to read, and easy to believe. The characters are intricate, and are written with strong personalities. Scimina in particular is a vicious and vidicative character, and yet you can feel a depth to her; there is nothing one-dimensional about the evilness contained within her.
My favourite character was Sieh. His choice to be a child, complete with a child’s personality, temperment and limitations was sweet and still strong. I think being a child again is something a lot of people dream of, but few think of the disadvantages that go along with that. I think Sieh’s character showed both the good and bad aspects in a complete and intriguing way.
I loved the ending. It was complete and satisfying, yet still left me wishing for the next book immediately. This is an urge that I will have to satisfy soon, as I can’t wait to see what happens next with Itempas.