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The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth) Paperback – August 16, 2016
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"Beyond the meticulous pacing, the thorough character work, and the staggering ambition and revelations of the narration, Jemisin is telling a story of our present, our failures, our actions in the face of repeated trauma, our responses to the heat and pressure of our times. Her accomplishment in this series is tremendous. It pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be."―NPR on The Obelisk Gate
"Jemisin builds off of the strong foundation laid in The Fifth Season ... an interesting new series."
―Booklist on The Obelisk Gate
"Exceptional."―Library Journal (starred review) on The Obelisk Gate
"Stunning, again."―Kirkus (starred review) on The Obelisk Gate
"[How] can something as large and complex as this story exist in her head, and how does she manage to tell it to me so beautifully? I can't stand how much I love The Broken Earth trilogy so far.... Absolutely dazzling."―B&N Reviews on The Obelisk Gate
"Stunning.... Jemisin's most accomplished series yet."―RT Book Reviews on The Obelisk Gate
"Jemisin is a tremendously talented writer on every level and she's at the top of her game here. I love books that beat me up and take my lunch money, and this one left me bruised, breathless, and desperate for the final volume."―Rose Fox, senior reviews editor Publishers Weekly, (PW Staff Picks: The Best Books We Read in 2016) on The Obelisk Gate
"Brilliant characters, vivid world, and pacing . . . .The Obelisk Gate is an incredibly ambitious and important novel."―The Verge on The Obelisk Gate
"Intricate and extraordinary."―New York Times on The Fifth Season
"[The Fifth Season is] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end ... Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy."―Guardian on The Fifth Season
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 previously 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, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice 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, and you can find her online at nkjemisin.com.
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The Obelisk Gate further develops the world we began to see int he first book. We learn more about the Fulcrum, the Guardians, the obelisks--and even more importantly--about the lives and motivations of characters we have come to love/hate/fear. Essun, as a woman in her mid forties is not your average protagonist. But she is someone who feels a million times more human and relatable than the cardboard cut out perfect princesses of urban fantasy. She is both powerful and humble, kind and cruel, she makes mistakes and has victories. She is in short, a person. And you can feel her blood, sweat and fears throughout the novel.
We finally get to meet Nassun, and understand what is like to be the daughter of such a strong and damaged woman like Essun. We learn more about Hoa. And the dark adversary that Alabaster fights is finally revealed.
This is not a novel that suffers from Second Book Syndrome. So much happens and yet nothing feels rushed. Another brilliant entry into an epic and unforgettable series.
What the hell am I supposed to do with myself until the next book is released?
Some of my other favorite alternate reality books have been Man in the High Castle and Decipher. Other favorite authors have been Anne McCaferty Pern books, Andrea Norton, Mercedes Lackey, B.V. Larson, Orson Scott Card, Tolkien, and George R. R. Martin.
I give 3 stars to the book but I'd give 5 to the author if I could rate the author on style and composition in general. There's something special about this author and her wordplay. I'll enthusiastically buy and try her future works.
How is it possible that The Obelisk Gate is even better than The Fifth Season? Tackling philosophical questions about love, personhood, prejudice and fear, The Broken Earth series is really a masterpiece of fantasy. Jemisin is up there with the very best of the genre. I cannot do the series justice in my review. With great character development and simply astonishing world-building, The Broken Earth series should be on any fantasy lover's TBR lists, shelves or ebook platform.
Robin Miles' narration on the audiobook is wonderful, as well.
I await The Broken Sky, the final book in the trilogy, with much anticipation.
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