Reading roundup 30/11/22

Well, we are already at the final Reading Roundup post of November. Time really has flown! This week I have just one completed book for you…

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin

I decided to read N K Jemisin’s The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, #01 The Inheritance Trilogy. Having been awed by her later work, The Broken Earth series, I thought that it would be interesting to try her first book and I am so glad that I did!

Here is the blurb:

“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 – a palace above the clouds where gods’ and mortals’ lives are intertwined.

There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heirs to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history.

But it’s not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably.”

So, that looked interesting, although I had already read some rather negative responses to this series (I usually try not to do that before reading any book). Anyway, this was my review on Goodreads:

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy, #1)The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book. Having already read a later Jemisin series, which was amazing, I have to admit that I liked this one more. Now, that is definitely going against the tide. The main reason is that The Broken Earth Trilogy, whilst utterly brilliant, was also extremely dark and foreboding. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms certainly has its gloomy moments, but also more uplifting ones. In my present condition (suffering from depression), I feel that this book was better for me, personally.

Anyway, I am going to read the second book straight away as I find it impossible to look away from Jemisin’s work when there are further episodes in the story still to read!

View all my reviews

Yes, I gave it the full five stars and I am already well into the second book in the series. I think that I will have to read everything by this fantastic, imaginative author!

I will take a break from my usual pattern on these posts and tell you that I have been a bit distracted whilst reading Jemisin’s books by this…

Revenge of the Librarians by Tom Gauld

This is a book of cartoons to dip into when you need an uplift. I suppose that it will mainly appeal to librarians and those in the book world: authors, publishers etc. I tried one cartoon on Lovely Husband and he didn’t really “get” it, but I am sure that my librarian friends will. Anyway, I am reading it alongside other books and will write some kind of response, probably a very short one, when I have finished.

Now, back to my book…

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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2 Responses to Reading roundup 30/11/22

  1. Janette says:

    I loved the Broken Earth trilogy but haven’t read the earlier books. I obviously need to pick these up.


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