The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin was one of my most anticipated sequels this year because the previous book, The Fifth Season (huge award winner!), was probably my favorite book last year. The things I loved about The Fifth Season are continued and made more epic in this sequel, and they include a unique and fascinating world, part of the story told in second person that actually WORKS, and amazing narration for the audiobook. As a bonus, lots of underrepresented voices are important in this series, including many characters of color, a transgender character, and many non-straight characters *celebrates*.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Obelisk Gate from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by Robin Miles
(The Broken Earth #2)
Published by Orbit on Aug. 18th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
Page Length: 448 pages
Audio Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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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. 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.
- There are events right at the end of The Fifth Season that indicate just how epic things could get and The Obelisk Gate delivers on those hints. There is a lot more going on in this fantasy than what you might have thought, and if you were assuming this was just another epic fantasy with a chosen one saving the world, you are so delightfully wrong!
- While there are more mysteries brewing, there are also some answers that make some things a lot clearer. We get answers to little things like what is this weird geode where our characters have been living and more important things like just what those floating obelisks are. The full picture of the world is starting to come together.
- One of my favorite things about The Fifth Season is the clever points-of-view to tell the full story. Since that couldn’t really continue in Obelisk Gate, I was curious what points-of-view were going to be featured. We get a couple of new perspectives to once again give a better picture of what all is going on, though no guessing as to who everyone is this time ;-).
- I cannot gush about this narration enough. I absolutely love Robin Miles’ narration in everything I’ve listened to of hers and she really adds to the characters in this already amazing story. She has accents for all the different parts of the world and voices for each character within those accents. She adds such emotion and personality to characters I already loved.
- I have a hard time rereading first books no matter how much I love them, so I didn’t reread Fifth Season and definitely found myself a bit lost at first. I highly recommend finding a recap of the end of the Fifth Season or binging these two together. I would have liked some more reminders about the important things that I needed for context.
- While I enjoyed Obelisk Gate, it is definitely a second book in that it is really a bridge between the opening and the big finale. It doesn’t have a strong plot arch on its own and is just expanding on events before the third book. Still enjoyable, just not as complete as I like my second books.
The Obelisk Gate is a solid sequel and makes it clear that this is going to be a trilogy that I will recommend over and over again. I was definitely jumping up and down with big eyes as I told a friend that she had to start this sequel ASAP so that I could discuss it with her! Reeeeeaaaaaaaad iiiiiiiiit!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
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