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.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.
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