Fifth Season, The

N. K. Jemisin
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME. A season of endings has begun. It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester. This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy. A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin. For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition) Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction) The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun

Reviews

Reviewed: 2019-06-19

A good book setting up an unique world with innovative takes on magic. There were some cool twists tying the story together. I did feel that the story wasn't as self-contained as I would have liked for a first novel and involved too much set up with no satisfying conclusions. Also some of the decisions of the main character didn't really fit.

Reviewed: 2017-09-25

I've been hearing a lot of praise about this series and read a lot of "the praise is overblown" comments too. I finally picked it up last week and started listening to it during my commute to work and lunch breaks.

 

I read a few reviews saying that the book is very slow and nothing happens in the entire book. But I didn't feel so. I wasn't bored for even 10 minutes during my listening. There are no filler chapters. Every chapter contributed to the story and kept is moving.

 

The book ends in a cliffhanger, that makes you excited about the next book. But it's not one of those where it leaves a story incomplete. None of the threads started in book 1 are left as loose ends. Everything is wrapped up. And then a hook for things to come in book 2. imo, book 1 is perfect build up for book 2. 

 

That said, it isn't something mind blowing. It's a good story, and that's it. I enjoyed listening to it and will continue to listen rest of the series.

 

Narration wise - Only complaint I have about Robin's narration is that her male voices were pretty bad. Other than that, it was alright.

 

p.s. the "twist" of the book wasn't a big reveal for me. I had figured it out by the first 8 chapters. Still, doesn't make the story any less enjoyable.

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