This is the second book in a trilogy. I read the first in a single day because I couldn’t put it down, the first time I’d read a book so quickly since my days at university. Given how much I enjoyed that first book, its sequel had a lot to live up to.
And it succeeded for the most part. I didn’t attack it quite as voraciously as I did before; but perhaps that was just a matter of free time.
The only real “flaw” with this book is that it assumes a working knowledge of everything in the first one. Which would ordinarily be fine (and even great since Jemisin doesn’t waste time re-introducing us to everything) except it turns out that I was so busy enjoying The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms that I didn’t actually absorb much from it. So I was a bit confused at times but even then Jemisin made it work. Eventually, it all starts to make sense no matter your knowledge of this universe.
All in all, this is truly excellent fantasy and a gem for the genre. The trilogy as a whole would probably make a good introduction to fantasy for the average person since it doesn’t rely on the shared knowledge of elves and dwarves and such. The magic in these books is different from most of the rest of the genre and that’s just great.
I highly recommend this one.