THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS
This is an astounding debut novel. The worldbuilding is solid, the characterization superb, the plot complicated yet clear. Yeine is a fantastic protagonist, and her journey toward her destiny is compelling and memorable. The secondary characters are equally well done, and all the details of the world come together for a cohesive and diverse whole. Look no further for an original and thought-provoking novel.
Yeine is from the barbaric kingdom of Darr, and in the wake of her mother's death, she is summoned to Sky, the majestic city around which her world revolves. To her great shock, she is named as the king's granddaughter and heir to his throne. But the throne isn't easily won. Yeine is soon in a quagmire of royal deceit and cruelty. As she fights for survival, she draws closer to the truth of her family's history. (ORBIT, Feb., 432 pp., $13.99)