Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Wishlist Wednesday #195

Wishlist Wednesday is a book blog hop where we will post about one book per week that has been on our wishlist for some time, or just added (it's entirely up to you), that we can't wait to get off the wishlist and onto our wonderful shelves.

So what do you need to do to join in?
  • Follow Pen to Paper as host of the meme.
  • Please consider adding the blog hop button to your blog somewhere, so others can find it easily and join in too! Help spread the word! The code will be at the bottom of the post under the linky.
  • Pick a book from your wishlist that you are dying to get to put on your shelves.
  • Do a post telling your readers about the book and why it's on your wishlist.
  • Add your blog to the linky at the bottom of this post.
  • Put a link back to pen to paper ( somewhere in your post, and a note saying that Pen to Paper is the host of the meme.
  • Visit the other blogs and enjoy!

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
by N.K. Jemisin

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. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.
I heard about this book – or more accurately, I heard about its author – in a Wired article about the author's experiences of racism and prejudice and how they have inspired her fantasy novels. In this article, she is quoted as having said that growing up she was told to stay away from the police – the very people who are supposed to protect and help the public – because they might hurt her.
I found this quite a disturbing idea (though not a new one – I'm aware that there are certain groups in society who are targeted by certain members of their country's police force – it is, unfortunately, on the news far too often), and one that is quite separated from my own experience.
I'm really interested to see how N.K. Jemisin has translated these ideas and used them in a fantasy setting. The novel sounds like it definitely has something to say, and I'm looking forward to reading it.

What's on your wishlist this week? Let us know in the comments below, or link to your own Wishlist Wednesday post in the Linky :) 


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