Obelisk Gate, The

"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season Continuing the trilogy that began with the award-winning The Fifth SeasonWinner of the Hugo AwardShortlisted for the Nebula, Audie, and Locus AwardsThe inaugural Wired.com book club bookNew York Times Notable Book of 2015This 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.For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:The Inheritance Trilogy The Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of GodsThe 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 SunThe Broken Earth The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky


Reviewed: 2020-01-27

Continued brilliance. 

What I find myself loving about this series are things I didn't realise I even wanted. Where the first book addressed sexuality in a way I really liked (The inclusion of a trans character in, what felt to me, a respectful manner, challenges as to what "masculinity" means as well as polyamory displayed as uncommon but free from taboo) here, in the second book, I find the notion of relationships (yes, emotional and familial but most importantly romantic) being shown in earnest. 

Essun is a woman who has had many loves and, save for one, those loves all meant something, and continue to do so. 

Reviewed: 2018-10-06
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