N.K. Jemisin: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms read-along #3

Yes, I skipped number 2. Sorry.

I’ll go on with answering this week’s questions, provided by Andres, The Little Red Reviewer.

1. T’vril takes Yeine to the servant’s party. What did you think of that party, and of Sieh’s part in it?
I loved the fact that the servants have their hidden pleasures that are completely off limits to the inner family. I also think it’s Sieh’s way of letting his nature out, getting back at the inner family through parties for those they consider lesser.
2. Yeine presents herself as such a nice, compassionate person. Did your feelings about her change after the meeting she and Nahadoth had with Gemd?
No. She’s a leader and even though she didn’t expect what happened, she knew she had to go with it. I think her now  a strong person as well.
3. On page 230 we learn about the Darre concept of “esui”, of attraction to danger. Have you ever experienced Esui? did it help you, or hurt you? Do you think it will help Yeine, or hurt her?
I loved that! We need a word for that! That is definitely a concept that exists. I experienced it and it didn’t help me but it give me pleasure at the time it was happening and it did make me learn about myself. I think the same might happen to Yeine as well.
4. What did you think of the reveal regarding Ygreth’s (Kinneth’s mother) death? Was it something you expected?  How does being forced to do something like that (or knowing you’ll be forced to) shape a person?
I didn’t see that coming at all. It does show though that Anameri think more of personal success than of the people they love because they obviously come second to it. I’m not sure how does that shape a person, as I’m having a hard time generally understanding the Anameri.
5. If I’m reading it correctly, the ceremony can require a human sacrifice (to show that the heir is strong enough to kill anyone, if asked).  Who might Scimina sacrifice? Who might Yeine sacrifice? 
If I’m reading it correctly, the ceremony does require a human sacrifice as it’s not possible to survive handling the stone and without the ceremony can’t take place.
Hmm, that’s a good question. Scimina does not strike me as someone who actually has someone she loves that she could sacrifice. Can she sacrifice her looks? A part of her? I don’t think anything else comes close to her heart.
As for Yeine, I don’t think she’ll be sacrificing anything but if she ends up having to, T’Vril or her grandmother come to mind.
6.The ball is only a few days away. What do you think will happen?
This reminds me of the Lynch read-along. I have no idea what will happen. But if Yeine is the sacrifice, I think she might survive it. And that might be the cause of why she’s trying so hard not to lose herself and her memories.

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14 thoughts on “N.K. Jemisin: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms read-along #3

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  3. Lauren December 17, 2013 at 17:12 Reply

    5. That’s an interesting thought! I don’t think the ceremony would make it possible for Scimina to sacrifice her looks or a limb, but that would surely be more of an actual sacrifice to her. And giving something personal up would be a better indication of her commitment to leadrship. As it stands, she can’t actually make a sacrifice because there’s no one she would mind killing!


    • Ines December 18, 2013 at 10:01 Reply

      Yes, I agree the chances of sacrificing parts of Scimina seem unlikely. But it seems she would deserve something in that vein. 😉 Oh, after Scott Lynch and now this, I became bloodthirsty it seems. 😉


      • Redhead December 19, 2013 at 01:08 Reply

        being bloodthirsty is the BEST. because dark shit like this? IS THE BEST!


  4. Redhead December 19, 2013 at 01:10 Reply

    the whole “sacrificing someone you care about” bit of the ceremony, it makes me wonder if that’s why Scimina and Relad are the way they are? When they were kids, maybe someone warned them about never getting close to someone.

    The more I get to know the Arameri, the less I like them. How did these jerks get to rule the world again? they are cruel and terrible!!


    • Ines December 19, 2013 at 14:07 Reply

      Could be? If you know in advance you will have to choose someone to sacrifice in order to gain power, you have two choices, either let go of someone you love (!?) or let go of the power. Which makes me wonder if they ever truly love someone because it seems they all chose power (except Kinneth).
      How did they get to rule the world? They chose the winning side in the Gods war and followed his example…


      • Lauren December 20, 2013 at 09:35 Reply

        There’s a nice historical document in the Appendix that shows the origins of the Arameri’s ruthless culture in the aftermath of the God’s War.


  5. nrlymrtl December 20, 2013 at 05:22 Reply

    Yep, Yeine wasn’t prepared for what Nahadoth did the Gemd’s men, but she couldn’t show weakness at that point either. She is doing her very best to protect a whole country, and so the sacrifice, or example, of two crystallized men seems small in comparison.


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:29 Reply

      I agree completely. She’s just showing that she can stand behind her decisions, even when they prove a bit misguided.


  6. Jordan River December 22, 2013 at 09:12 Reply

    Searching for your Christmas song post. Must be an international timing issue with the post time so I will return to sing your song with you soon. Dobra.


    • Ines December 22, 2013 at 19:30 Reply

      Jordan, I scheduled it but it must have gone up at some different point I guess.


      • Jordan River December 22, 2013 at 19:32 Reply

        Found it. You can delete these two comments here so I do not disturb your bookish conversation!


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