The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Fantasy
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 598 Ratings)


At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution (The New York Times).
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.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The 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 Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate


  • Very good

    By larry the less than symbol
    N.K Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ is a literary work of art that shows how humanity is often afraid of what it doesn’t understand, and what people will do to oppress the beings they fear.
  • Distracting Style

    By Fannomore1234
    Could not get interested due to the weird present tense writing style.
  • Outstanding in Every Way

    By wuchmee
    Just superb. Ms. Jemisin constructs a riveting opening for her "Broken Earth" trilogy. Assured in voice and world-building prowess, she lays out the Stillness in all its palpable glory and misery. Highly recommended.
  • What a Ride!

    By SDWill
    There isn’t a coaster on earth that will give you the rush, jolts, twists and inversions that Jemisin does in this novel. What a ride!
  • Show, don’t tell

    By olorinthemaiar
    Not a fan of the way she *tells* the story. The author violates this principle for the entire book.
  • 5 am

    By Crazythorn
    Yes it's that good. Best female protagonist I can remember. Most interesting storytelling format. (Wink wink) and it's supernaturally stupendous. Also its nice to read great fantasy that is for mature readers that doesn't throw it in your face. Her books aren't 700 pages long, but you still go for a ride just as long. I don't skim at all, which says a lot. ( I did recently finish book of the Malazan fallen...if you have a few months of spare tim gk for it heh)
  • One of my favorites in a while

    By Joeskingit
    I started reading The Fifth Season because it was recommended if you liked The Name of the Wind. Wow, is all I can say. The world Jemisin has created is incredible, and I thoroughly enjoyed the geology and physics intertwined in the novel. If you're looking for a fantastic modern day fantasy novel, read this. I'll be buying the hard copy of the trilogy to put on my bookshelves.
  • Extraordinary

    By History reader 15
    Amazing imagination and skill. Strange and absolutely fantastic.
  • Breathtakingly Good

    By Esteebowie
    Beautifully written, utterly unique, this book is like nothing I've ever read. I loved it, and am immediately buying the sequel. Wow.
  • Stunning, dark and utterly brilliant

    By Arieslady52
    The Fifth Season is the 2016 Hugo Award winner. ANY award this N. K. Jemisin novel receives is deserved. Her terse and evocative prose guides you to the inescapable conclusions she wishes you to reach, with flawless timing and irresistable impact. Told from three points of view - Essun’s, Syenite’s and Damaya’s - the novel is sort of a history of Earth’s future, and so it focuses on two lessons: 1. Human history is based on disasters and conflicts. The history of a disaster is written by its survivors. The history of a conflict is written by the winners. Therefore, history and truth are not necessarily the same. 2. Discovering truth is like peeling an onion. What you get when you peel away one layer is just the next layer. This peeling process can be both long and painful. As the reader, you walk with the characters of the novel, learning and reacting just as they do. It is powerfully immediate and unforgetable. I couldn’t put it down.