Review: The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
Published by Orbit on August 18, 2016
Series: The Broken Earth, #2
Genre(s): fiction, dystopia, fantasy, post-apocalyptic
Format & Length: paperback, 410
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The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

I picked up The Obelisk Gate after reading the first book in Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy, The Fifth Season, and simply needing to know what happened next. And this quickly pulled me back into the story. To avoid spoilers for either book, I’m keeping this review short and sweet.

“Nothing ever changes in the Stillness.
And yet… sometimes things do.”

I have to admit, The Obelisk Gate definitely has a “second book” feel to it in that it’s not quite as groundbreaking as the first and spends a lot of time setting up for the finale, but it does this job so well. The overall scope of the story increased from the first book, exploring deeper character development in characters who had previously been secondary and expanding into further locations and settings in this world. And I ultimately enjoyed it just as much, if not more, than The Fifth Season.

In The Obelisk Gate, Jemisin continues weaving an excellent story that is both exciting and emotional. And I still have so many questions. I cannot wait to read The Stone Sky and discover its answers.



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