Locus Award for Best First Novel 2011. Nebula Award nominee 2010, David Gemmell Morningstar Award nominee 2010, Hugo Award nominee 2011, World Fantasy Award nominee 2011.
In this brilliantly original debut epic fantasy, a young woman becomes entangled in a power struggle of mythic proportions.
Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky – a palace above the clouds where gods' and mortals' lives are intertwined.
There, to her shock, Yeine is named one of the potential heirs to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with a pair of cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.
But it’s not just mortals who have secrets worth hiding and Yeine will learn how perilous the world can be when love and hate – and gods and mortals – are bound inseparably.
N. K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmet living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day.