I first heard about this novel in May 2008, when N.K. Jemisin’s agent called me to tell me she had found someone that she knew I would love and who reminded her of all my favorite authors. (I think she keeps a list of editors with their favorite authors next to them — so she knew how to hit all my buttons.)
Two years later it’s a thrill to be able to present The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms! The book has been getting wonderful praise across the web, but I wanted to point to this review just in from Bookpage that sums up my feelings nicely:
Many books are good, some are great, but few are truly important. Add to this last category The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin’s debut novel…In this reviewer’s opinion, this is the must-read fantasy of the year.”
I’m over the moon with the attention Nora (a Nebula nomination!!) and the novel are getting! Now in printed (and e-book) glory — and at a bookstore (virtual and otherwise) near you. And if you haven’t yet, be sure to read the first three chapters at Nora’s site.