2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel of the Year
Listen, whether you are an old sci-fi aficionado or skeptical of what the genre has to offer, I daresay you can do no better than N. K. Jemisin and her awesome Broken Earth series. The Obelisk Gate continues where The Fifth Season left off, but to call this a mere sequel would be an injustice. Packed tight with intriguing characters who face immeasurable difficulties, a palpable environment which — can you believe it? — is deteriorating all around, and the intense power of the orogenes, The Obelisk Gate will take you to an exciting place altogether inventive, beguiling, and heart-racing. Don't be late to the craze that is the Broken Earth trilogy, you surely won't regret it. Recommended By Alex Y., Powells.com
N. K. Jemisin continues the remarkable story begun in The Fifth Season. A highly satisfying read, a world I find myself absorbed in, so different and yet familiar because the people are real and relatable and much like people we all know. Recommended By Doug C., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This is the way the world ends, for the last time.
The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.
Essun — once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger — has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power — and her choices will break the world.
"Exceptional." Library Journal (Starred Review)
"With every new work, Jemisin's ability to build worlds and break hearts only grows."
Kirkus Review (Starred Review)
"...meticulous pacing...thorough character work...staggering ambition and revelations of the narration....pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be." NPR
About the Author
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She previoiusly won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, and Nebula awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times.