I hadn’t heard of this book until I stumbled across the cover art for it on the official Orbit Blog. Now I’m curious.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by J.K. Jemisin

Pretty cool, eh? Lauren Panepinto talks about the process behind the design:

Jemisin creates a very cool world and a very well-described landscape and characters, and it feels both epic and character-driven all at once. Since it’s the first of a trilogy, there’s even more pressure to get the look right because you have to carry it over 2 more books. We agonized a bit over the right illustrator, and decided on the dark and textural work of Cliff Nielsen. He did a fabulous job of depicting the city of Skye, and got a great rich dark tone set for the cover. We drove him a little crazy I think, poor guy, with color adjustments and revisions…and I hope he forgives us because I can’t wait to see what he does for the next two books.

Once I got the art back from Cliff, I must have gone through a hundred different fonts and layouts for the cover — there’s a lot of text that needs to be there, but of course, you don’t want it to look like there’s a lot of text on the cover, you want the art to be the star. But after a little hair-pulling and head-bonking-on-desk on my part, I think we nailed it.

Also, a synopsis:

“Yeine Darr is heir to the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. She is also an outcast. Until, that is, her mother dies under mysterious circumstances.

Summoned by her grandfather to the majestic city of Sky, Yeine finds herself thrust into a vicious power struggle for the throne. As she fights for her life, she comes ever closer to discovering the truth about her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history – as well as the unsettling truths within herself.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate are bound inseparably together, for both mortals and gods alike.”

Though maybe not the most original plot out there, the setting seems interesting and I’m always up for a good bout of political intrigue. Certainly looks like a novel I’ll be keeping an eye on.

  • The Mad Hatter April 23, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Gorgeous cover. Great job mixing a lot of type, while not losing the art. I’ll defintely be checking this one out. I put up a couple new covers recently as well for John Twelve Hawks final Traveler book.

  • HarryDD April 23, 2009 at 11:01 am

    Hi, I am a bit embarrassed by the spamming and such, but I am organizing a new event for review bloggers to get to know other review bloggers [mainly because I want to interact with the community]. It’s called “Reviewer Time” and will post each Sunday a review of a review blog and an interview of its owner and contributors, if any are game.

    I really like your blog and such, so I hope you would be game. Here is the link for the original post, where you can sign up for the interview part at least, if you want to: http://templelibraryreviews.blogspot.com/2009/04/anniversary.html

  • neth April 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    That cover is very nice (and IMO, much better than the Orbit typically does). I like the synopsis too – I’ll have to look out for this one, and maybe even send in a request.

  • Joe Sherry April 23, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this for a while. I haven’t read any of Jemisin’s stories but I’m aware of her and she’s been on my radar for a while.

    I very much want to read this.

    And yes, the cover is quite stunning.

  • Tom Lloyd April 24, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Pretty, me likes. One I shall have to check out!

  • TD April 24, 2009 at 5:15 am

    OT: Is there a problem with feedburner?

  • aidan April 24, 2009 at 7:07 am


    Feedburner has been screwy for me since it switched over to Google. Is there a particular problem?

  • TD April 24, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Well, the feeds aren’t working. I think you need to transfer your settings over to google.


    Graemes and OF Blog for instance have the same problem (aka no feeds at all…)

  • aidan April 24, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I’m not sure what to say. Both of the feed links (Feedburner and the one in the address bar) are working fine in my reader and my subscribers and posts are being tracked fine through Feedburner.

    My only suggestion is to re-subscribe and see if it shows up properly then.

  • TD April 24, 2009 at 11:00 am


    Okay, it’s a new feed-adress after this move to google.

    Works fine now!
    Sorry for this. :(

  • aidan April 24, 2009 at 11:02 am

    Hey, no problem. If there are problems, I need to know about them.

  • edifanob April 25, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Stunning cover. A female main character, the first book of the Inheritance Trilogy. The synopsis sounds promising even the plot isn’t the most original one. UK release in February 2010. So some time left to get more information….

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