'''For Creator/ChristopherPaolini's series with the [[SimilarlyNamedWorks similar name]], see Literature/InheritanceCycle.'''

->There were three gods once... the god of day, the god of night, and the goddess of twilight and dawn. Or light and darkness and the shades between. Or order, chaos, and balance. None of that is important because one of them died, the other might as well have, and the last is the only one who matters anymore.
-->'''Yeine''', ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms''

The ''Inheritance Trilogy'' is a series of books by Creator/NKJemisin (website [[http://www.nkjemisin.com/ here]]) about a world where gods walk the earth alongside mortals (though, in general, not voluntarily). ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'' and ''The Broken Kingdoms''; both came out in 2010, and the third and final book, ''The Kingdom of Gods,'' came out in 2011.

''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'' details the life of Yeine, a noblewoman from the northern continent of Darr. She is called to the [[Anime/CastleInTheSky aptly-named]] capital city of Sky where she is unexpectedly made a candidate for the title of Arameri family head, or emperor of the world. Not all is as it seems, however, as petty squabbles break out, {{Living Weapon}}s act friendly, and the time of the coronation draws ever closer...

A major subplot of the book deals with the war of [[RuleOfThree the Three]], the tribunal of creator gods; their children; and its aftermath. One of the Three, Enefa, [[GodIsDead was slain]], one, Nahadoth, was imprisoned, and the third, Itempas, took over the world. Various lesser gods are imprisoned along with Nahadoth and take up the name of Enefadeh, or "we who remember Enefa."

The story continues in ''The Broken Kingdoms'', set ten years after the first book, and starts off with the blind artist Oree Shoth finding a dead god in her rubbish... who isn't so dead after all, and proceeds to cause a whole lot of trouble for her. Oree and her intensely irritating new lodger have to navigate their way through a maze of former lovers, past crimes and timeless sorrows, in order to get to the bottom of why someone is killing godlings and making an attempt on the existence of one of the Three.

And the story is concluded in ''Kingdom of the Gods'' when Sieh the Trickster, firstborn of all the Three's children, forms a tentative friendship with the twin heirs to the Arameri -- and it all goes disastrously wrong. (Or right.)

A fascinating tale of what could happen if the gods created humans in their image, humans turned on them, and by extension, the gods had all the faults that humans do.

!!''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'' contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents:
** Itempas to all the Godlings, but the Enefadeh in particular.
** Nahadoth to the demons.
** Shahar to Shinda.
** [[spoiler:Enefa to Kahl and Sieh]].
* ActionGirl: Yeine, Glee, Kitr, Nemmer.
* AllThereInTheManual: Want to know about Itempas and Shahar's son? Check the author's blog.
* AndIMustScream: Being trapped in a mortal body is this to the gods.
%%* TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople
* ApocalypseHow: Class X-5 ("Multiversal/Physical Annihilation") as [[spoiler:the Maelstrom comes for Kahl]].
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence:
** [[spoiler: Yeine, when she takes the place of the Goddess Enefa at the end of ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'']].
** In book three, [[spoiler: Sieh, Deka and Shahar become a second version of the Three, and set out to create their own universe]].
* BarbarianTribe: Subverted. The Amn ''consider'' the races of the High North continent to be this, even though the High Northers were forcibly civilized centuries before. Turns out the Amn themselves used to be [[spoiler: cannibals]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:T'Vril]] is one of the most well adjusted and generally human members of the Arameri family. [[spoiler:He also rips out the tongue of a rebellious family member with a pair of tongs.]]
* BestHerToBedHer: The Darre tribe is a matriarchal society where a woman must beat a male fighter in a wrestling match to come of age. Usually the family picks out kind of a wimpy guy, but heirs like Yeine have to beat a genuine warrior. If the woman wins, she rapes him. If the man wins, he rapes her.
* BigScrewedUpFamily: Everything that happens in the trilogy is the result of ongoing clashes between the big, screwed up Arameri and divine families.
* BiTheWay: Nahadoth and Itempas were lovers with each other along with Enefah.
* BittersweetEnding: ''Kingdom of the Gods''. [[spoiler: Sieh is dead, but he is reborn fifty-two years after his death as a god in his own universe with Deka and Shahar.]]
* BloodMagic: Demon blood kills gods. Big in the backstory and book two.
* BrickJoke: At the ending of ''Broken Kingdoms'', [[spoiler: Oree imagines that, when Itempas comes back to her and their daughter, he'll have learned enough manners to wipe his feet and hang up his coat.]] At the very, ''very'', end of ''Kingdom of the Gods'', a hundred years later, [[spoiler: Itempas ''has'', indeed, learned some manners.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest:
** The Three (a brother and a sister and a genderless "Naha") are basically a polyamorous relationship; their godly children get their share of hanky-panky with each other and their parents. The mortals who witness it have to frequently remind themselves that it's different for gods. Lampshades Greek, Egyptian, and other real-world mythologies in which incest happens frequently.
** In a human, subtle, and squicky example, Relad enjoys sexual romps with women who look like his twin sister.
** [[spoiler: Shahar and Deka's father, Remina, is their mother Remath's half-brother.]]
* BroughtDownToNormal: Tempa, when he is trapped in mortal form, and Sieh, when he becomes mortal himself.
* ButchLesbian:
** Subverted. Yeine has short hair and is flatchested, and is 'often mistaken for a boy'. However, [[spoiler: she has sex both with T'vril and Nahadoth, and shows no interest in women, though lesbianism is apparently common in her homeland.]] Specifically subverts NoGuyWantsAnAmazon.
** Lesbian [[TheHighQueen Remath]] hits the "short hair" part of this, but she's also described as more busty, hip-y, and generally feminine than her daughter Shahar. She is in a serious relationship with one of her female servants.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** The point of Nahadoth and Yeine sticking [[spoiler: Bright Itempas]] in a human body. It works very well in this regard--majorly thanks to Oree and later her daughter Glee Shoth, Itempas learns to love truly and stops thinking of mortals as beneath him. He also learns some manners, as Oree finds out in the short story ''Not The End''.]]
** Sieh in the third book has this in bucketloads. [[spoiler: After he befriends Shahar and Deka, Sieh finds himself truly caring for them, despite having always hated and thought bitterly of the Arameri. Then he is changed into a mortal, which terrifies and almost breaks him, but he becomes more used to the idea as time passes. And thanks to Glee Shoth, Sieh is forced to look at the causes of the Gods' War in a whole new light (in which all the gods shared some blame, and not just Itempas, as Sieh likes to believe), and it is because of this that Sieh finally begins to forgive Itempas for what he did and let him into his heart again.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** Glee's knife.
** The mask "decorations" that Sieh sees in a pub in book three.
* TheChurch: The Itempan Church, led by hateful priestess Shahar Arameri, used the Enefadeh to completely reshape the world after the gods' war. It collects taxes, provides extensive social services (universal primary education, food and housing for the disabled, public sanitation, etc.), and imposes a theological injunction against the chaos of war. The Church, with the guidance of the Arameri family, gave the world an unprecedented 2,000 years of stability and prosperity -- on the backs of the enslaved Enefadeh, and after multiple genocides and crushing local religious traditions. Also supporting the Arameri's tyrannical rule, ruthlessly executing heretics, and carefully controlling the populace with propaganda. In Yeine's opinion, and that of other Darrens, the "peace" is nothing but everyone being too crushed to do anything, and benefits no one but the Arameri.
* CompleteImmortality: Nahadoth and Itempas; it's implied that they ''can'' be KilledOffForReal, but doing so would end the universe. [[spoiler: Enefa on the other hand shows more of a BodyBackupDrive sort of immortality. She died, she's gone, and now Yeine has her place, but her power and place are never completely gone because it would also end the world.]]
* CosmicKeystone: The Stone of Earth, which is vital to the ceremony that crowns the new Lord Arameri, is actually [[spoiler:the last remnant of Enefa's body and power. WordOfGod says it's an ovary.]]
* CosmopolitanCouncil: Established at the end of book three.
* CreationMyth: Nahadoth, god of night and chaos, was the first to emerge from the chaotic Maelstrom. Then came Itempas, god of light and order, and finally Enefa, goddess of twilights and life. The three of them fashioned the world and mortals.
* DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo: When [[spoiler:Yeine and Nahadoth]] do it, ''their passion engulfs the entire universe.''
* DisabilitySuperpower: Oree is blind, but she can see magic.
* DivineDate: Everywhere.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Nahadoth is wild and destructive, but also deeply loving and empathetic. He balances out Itempas' rigidity.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Sky the palace.
* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Yeine is seriously attracted to Nahadoth, even though he's so powerful that he routinely kills his mortal lovers by mistake.
%%* DownerEnding: ''The Broken Kingdoms''.
* DownInTheDumps: With a god named Dump.
* TheEmpire: The Arameri Bright through its puppet Consortium.
** [[spoiler:Brought down to VestigialEmpire]].
* MrFanservice: More than enough, in the form of the male gods and godlings.
%%* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* FantasyPantheon: There are the Three full gods who made and manage the world. They have children called "godlings" who each have a strong nature (eg Lil's nature is hunger, Madding's is obligation, etc) that attracts worshippers seeking blessings in that area, but the godlings tend to mix and mingle more freely with mortals.
* FlyingDutchman: [[spoiler:Itempas's]] plot through book two and into book three.
* ForegoneConclusion: Come ''on,'' everyone except Oree, even the readers, knew that [[spoiler:'Shiny' was really Itempas.]]
* FromASingleCell: The Enefadeh are somewhere between these. They're bound to serve the Arameri for all time (at least until Itempas is overthrown at the end of book 1), and not even killing themselves will stop their bodies from regenerating.
* GambitPileup: The end of ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'' is a mess of plots, human and divine family power struggles with world-wide consequences.
* GodInHumanForm: The Enefadeh, Itempas, Sieh.
* GodIsFlawed: And the Three made humans in their images, so HumansAreFlawed, too!
** For a double-whammy, the gods and godlings can sense and change to the expectations and desires of others, both physically and mentally. As a result, some of the gods' flaws have been magnified by how they are reflected back upon them by their own flawed human creations - particularly Nahadoth's reputation as a capricious and monstrous seducer among his mortal captors.
* GodWasMyCopilot: It sure is a surprise to Oree and Sermyn when [[spoiler:they find out who "Shiny" really is]].
-->“You knew he had been overthrown, Serymn. You’ve seen many gods take mortal form. Why did it never occur to you that your own god might be among them?”
* GoingNative:
** [[spoiler:Kurue, who turns against her fellow Enefadeh]] in hopes of winning Itempas' favor.
** Yeine fears she will go native among the people of Sky, and her Darren countrywomen fear the same about her.
* GoodIsNotNice: [[spoiler:T'Vril]] makes a much better ruler than his predecessors, but at the same time he is still very much an Arameri in some respects. This is particularly obvious when he [[spoiler:''rips out Serymn's tongue'' - not only to punish her but also to prevent her from revealing the truth about Oree to the gods - and then delivers her up to the mercy of Nahadoth. Who is not feeling very merciful. T'vril's trying to get rid of his 'too gentle' image.]]
** If you can consider a {{Trickster}} and an AnthropomorphicPersonification of chaos to be "good", then Sieh and Nahadoth have their moments throughout the series.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Nahadoth and Yeine, [[spoiler:Shiny and Oree]], Madding and Oree.
* GreenEyes: A major plot point in book one -- Yeine, Enefa, and Sieh's "faded" green eyes.
** Also big in book three.
* HarmonyVersusDiscipline: This is the major problem caused by Enefa's death. With her there, the world had ''harmony''. With her gone, Itempas simply enforces brutal order in which it doesn't matter what kind of atrocities the Arameri commit so long as it keeps the world neat.
%%* HeroicSacrifice
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In the first book, [[spoiler:Itempas knew where Enefa's soul was, and could have ended her at any time. But he just ''had'' to kill her in the presence of her remaining divine power - thus triggering her rebirth.]]
* HumanResources: The primary antagonist in the second book [[spoiler: gains power by eating the hearts of godlings]].
* HumansAreBastards: The Arameri and the New Lights, at least.
* IHaveManyNames: After Nahadoth is unchained and [[spoiler:Enefa is reborn as Yeine]], the old Itempan church starts referring to them as the "Lord of Shadows" and "Gray Lady" to avoid sounding like they've completely backtracked on the "Enefa and Nahadoth are traitors you shouldn't pray to" bit.
** Naha/Hado/Ahad/Beloved (who also has one name that Glee gave him which he never shared with anyone).
* ImmortalImmaturity: Sieh, the fourth oldest being in existence, and God of Childhood.
* IncestIsRelative: The Three are [[BrotherSisterIncest siblings]] who do it [[LoveTriangle three ways]]; in fact, it's implied that [[spoiler:[[MurderTheHypotenuse Itempas killed Enefa primarily out of jealousy]]]].
* InnerMonologue: The three books are first-person pieces. The first is narrated by Yeine, the second by Oree, the third by Sieh.
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Nahadoth and Itempas, at least in their backstory. Their relationship is something of a [[TheMasochismTango Masochism Tango]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Mortals, gods and godlings and various pairings thereof.
* JerkassGods: Potentially, all of them. But specifically in the first book, [[spoiler: Itempas]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch:
** It's hard to really feel sorry for [[spoiler: Scimina when she gets handed over to Nahadoth to torture and eventually kill.]]
** It's also hard to feel for [[spoiler: Serymn when she gets her tongue ripped out by T'Vril, and then ''also'' gets handed over to Nahadoth to torture and eventually kill.]]
* KidsAreCruel: Sieh. Multiple references are made throughout the series that Sieh, the god of childhood, is one of the most thoughtlessly cruel of the godlings.
** The first Shahar murders her dad. The second one isn't cruel, but sure is bratty.
* KillTheGod: The villains from ''The Broken Kingdoms'' attempt to kill Nahadoth and ''do'' succeed in murdering several godlings.
* KneelBeforeFrodo:
-->Serymn looked, radiating disdain. “Is there something I should be seeing?”
-->The Lord Arameri rose and descended the steps. At the foot of the steps, he abruptly turned toward us in a swirl of cloak and hair and dropped to one knee, with a grace I would never have expected of a man so powerful. From this, he said in a ringing tone, “Behold Our Lord, Serymn. Hail Itempas, Master of Day, Lord of Light and Order.”
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Sieh starts out the third book by promising the reader that he'd pull no narrative "tricks" by revealing that he was, say, [[spoiler:talking to his second soul]] or [[spoiler:his unborn child]]--the [[FramingDevice Framing Devices]] for the first and second books, respectively.
* LightIsNotGood: Itempas.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Nahadoth to Itempas. Because Itempas was so totally focused on order and unyielding sameness, when Naha started to spend more time with Enefa than him, he couldn't deal with feeling alone for the first time since time began and just went totally nuts.
%%* TheMafia
* ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex: An issue for Nahadoth and Yeine, as well as Madding and Oree.
** Scimina suggests this is Nahadoth's "favorite" way of killing Arameri - he seduces them until they give him too much freedom [[OutWithABang in exchange for a night of passion with a]] ''god''. [[spoiler:His human form Naha mentions in quiet horror the number of dead bodies he's woken up next to over the centuries.]]
* MayFlyDecemberRomance:
** Yeine and Nahadoth. Yeine is only nineteen in mortal years in ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms'', while Nahadoth has already lived since before the beginning of the universe.
** Oree and Madding, though Madding is one of the youngest godlings. He's still thousands of years older than her.
** [[spoiler:Oree and Tempa. Again, same as above.]]
** Glee and Ahad
* MeaningfulName: Maroneh girls, Oree included, have sorrowful names, while Maroneh boys have vengeance-oriented names. It's Nahadoth's fault.
%%* MedievalStasis
* MixedAncestry:
** In book one, Yeine is half Amn and half Darre, though she looks mostly Darre and thinks of herself as Darre. Also, T'vril, who is half Amn and half Ken.
** Also in book one, the Arameri have rankings of how close to the family you are; the most distant relatives (from the main family) are servants. Many of those lower rankings are gotten through being born of an unapproved union, like infidelity or relations with someone not Amn. So all of the mixed race people in Sky the Palace are servants except for Yeine.
** In book two, [[spoiler:Oree and Dateh who are descendants of demons, the children of Gods (specifically the Three) and mortals]].
** In book three, [[spoiler: Shahar and Deka, who are one-eighth god from great-grandpa Ahad, and Glee, Itempas and Oree's slightly-more-than-half godly daughter]].
* MonochromeCasting: Averted, sometimes subverted. This world is a multiracial, multicultural world, with even the gods taking widely different appearances. Because of the way he is depicted in Amn art, there is an expectation for Itempas to be pale like them, but in actuality he takes the appearance of a Maroneh (black) man.
* MoralityKitchenSink: Each book reveals more and more about characters who seemed to have been established as bad, good, or grey. In the second book, Itempas becomes much more sympathetic; in the third, we learn that the BigBad was created by a cruel decision of Enefa's (who had previously been presented as, though imperfect, the best of the Three) and that, for all his hatred of what Itempas did during the Gods' War, Sieh was actually a major cause of said war due to his thoughtlessness and dismissive stance on mortals. Also, it's accepted that as evil as the Arameri were, they are kind of necessary to keep the world from descending into all-out war.
* MotherNatureFatherScience: Intentionally averted. Enefa, creator of life, is also the goddess of death, and is ruthless about offing substandard creations. Itempas and Nahadoth got most of the stereotypically emotional "motherly" aspects.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: One of the reasons Itempas killed Enefa.
* MysticalWhiteHair: White-haired Viraine is a Scrivener, who can wield magic power by using the gods' language; he's also [[spoiler:the earthly vessel of Bright Itempas]].
* NayTheist: The primortalist movement from ''The Kingdom of Gods''.
* OffingTheOffspring: The demon holocaust. Shahar. Itempas during the Gods' War. [[spoiler:Sieh and Kahl]].
* OhMyGods: An interesting example in that characters frequently utter the phrase while in the presence of actual gods. ''Including the gods themselves.''
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Maskers.
* ParentalIncest: The Three had sex with many of the Godlings on top of eachother. Enefah and Sieh's having sex is a plot point later in the series.
* PoisonedWeapons: Covered or made of demon blood.
%%* {{Polyamory}}
* PowerTrio: The Three.
** [[spoiler:Sieh, Deka, and Shahar]].
* PrimordialChaos: The Maelstrom, from which the gods were born.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Yeine and Usein.
* PsychicDreamsForEveryone: Yeine ends up having accurate visions of things that happened in the past. Originally justified in that [[spoiler:Enefa's soul, and by extension her mind, is part of her]] but, as Nahadoth points out, [[spoiler:Enefa was already dead by the time half of Yeine's visions took place.]] Then again, [[spoiler:Enefa's soul has been 'drifting' all this time, ostensibly soaking up the sights in the meantime]], which would make this more of a ZigZaggingTrope.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: All the gods and godlings.
%%* RedemptionEqualsSex
* LaResistance: Usein Darr's High Norther movement.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Yeine tries. And there are apparently a number of Arameri who actually do try to something useful in the world, but overall they are not actual contenders for the throne.
* SanitySlippage: At the start of the book, the audience is told that Yeine is telling her story so that she can remember it herself. As time passes, this seems to be more and more necessary, as Yeine is apparently going mad (at one point, she says "Once upon a time there was a" [[MadnessMantra several times in a row]] before catching herself). At the end of the book, [[spoiler:it turns out that all of this was due to her soul merging with the soul of the goddess inside her, allowing her to ascend to godhood.]]
* SaveYourDeity: Yeine to Naha in book one; Oree [[spoiler:to Tempa]] in book two.
* SemiDivine: Demons are the descendants of both god and mortal, and include [[spoiler: Oree. Since demons are themselves mortal, but also partake of godhood, their blood is the only thing that can kill the genuinely-immortal gods.]]
* SexAsRiteOfPassage: In Darre. Or rather, fighting off a rapist as rite of passage.
* SexualKarma: Yeine and [[spoiler:the rest of the Three]] get ''heavy'' doses of this, it seems. Though, to be fair, [[spoiler:when the people in charge of karma are the ones in the relationship]], [[JustifiedTrope it kind of makes sense]].
* ShiningCity: Depending on whose point of view you're talking about, Sky, where delegates of the eponymous "hundred thousand kingdoms" meet and, more importantly, the Arameri family head lives. Later it becomes a HolyCity and pilgrimage destination.
* SiblingYinYang: Itempas and Nahadoth. The former is the god of day, light, and order. The latter is the god of night, darkness, and chaos. Their love for each other is matched only by their frustration with each other.
* SociopathicHero: Sieh acts like one on a regular basis, [[spoiler:murdering dozens in his temper tantrums and regularly threatening to do horrific things to others with little evidence of regret.]] Which makes complete sense, since he's the God of Childhood and both sociopaths and children are severely lacking of empathy and forethought.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: At the end of ''The Broken Kingdoms'' it turns out that Oree's been telling her story [[spoiler:to Itempas's unborn daughter, conceived after their one night of passion.]]
%%* StarKilling
%%* TheStarsAreGoingOut
* StormingTheCastle: Maskers in Sky.
* StraightGay: Deka is this, though he's never shown to have any interest in anyone except [[spoiler:Sieh]].
* TheTimeOfMyths: Potentially, the whole trilogy.
* TimeSkip: Ten years between book one and two, and a century between two and three.
* WorldTree: After the Enefadah are freed, Yeine creates a big ass tree to hold up Sky, which had previously been held up by the Enefadeh's powers and a very tall very thin pillar.
* {{Yandere}}: Itempas. He murdered Enefa and then started a huge war and imprisoned Nahadoth in human flesh... because Nahadoth paid more attention to Enefa then to him for a little bit. [[spoiler: In ''The Broken Kingdoms'', it's explained a little more in-depth: Itempas didn't mind Enefa and Nahadoth being together. The problem was that for a moment, they ''forgot him'' and thought only of one another, making him alone for the first time in his entire existence- and being alone was his personal antithesis, literally wounding his soul. That, combined with his mortal lover murdering their son while he was still weakened, drove him to do what he did prior to ''The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms''- murdering Enefa because when it was just him and Nahadoth, he was never alone.]] And then there's [[spoiler: Deka in the third book, who basically invented/discovered a new kind of magic, inked it on his own body, and is quite willing to rearrange the universe just so he can have Sieh. And Deka is Arameri, and even though they're not as powerful as they were by the third book they are still very strong and scarily brutal.]]
* YouKnowWhatTheySayAboutX: Racism is alive and well in this world, shown mostly by the Arameri's reaction to any mixed-race member of the family.
* ZombieApocalypse: A miniature one almost killed Yeine's father (the "almost" is because [[spoiler: the Enefadeh intervened in exchange for putting Enefa's soul into the as-yet-unborn Yeine]]). They're never actually called zombies in the book, but the Arameri basically had the ''actual zombie apocalypse weaponized''. As in, they could direct it, and turn it on and off at will. And yes, they did use it. Never on-page, but frequently before the start of the book.