N. K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
This one really grabs you.
Yeine, the main character is a relative nobody suddenly thrust into royal politics. (Not precisely true in the sense that she’s a chieftain of her people in the North, but she’s very much a nobody in this circle of ultra-powerful nobles and divinity.) Really engaging book right from the get-go, in a world where Gods are walking around, but enslaved and weaponized by a powerful family that rules from a massive castle floating over nations and barbarian hordes. A Zelazny-esque take on a family powerful enough that the line between Gods and people becomes very blurred. Packed with Machiavellian family politics and maneuvering for the throne of a giant city in the sky. Best part is how the Gods and Goddesses are fascinating both as mythology and as individuals. First in the Inheritance Trilogy. Might as well get all three, because you probably won’t be stopping at one.
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