The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Epic
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 694 Ratings)

Description

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.
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.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

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

Reviews

  • masterpiece

    5
    By nick loves rosemary
    I’ve been a scifi and fantasy fan for 45 years and only rarely do we get such a great author writing in our genre. Jemisin is up there with Frank Herbert and Ursula K. LeGuin in my book.
  • Breathtakingly complex and appropriately Heart wrenching

    5
    By Fusbbferiuyfeuiyffb
    I was assigned this book in my English 1B class, and what started as an assignment turned me into a full blown FAN. I can say with certainty that this book took me on so many emotional ups and downs I couldn’t put it down until I was done. It makes me want to start reading the rest of the trilogy IMMEDIATELY. Thank you for this amazing story!
  • Very good

    4
    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

    1
    By Fannomore1234
    Could not get interested due to the weird present tense writing style.
  • Outstanding in Every Way

    5
    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!

    5
    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

    1
    By olorinthemaiar
    Not a fan of the way she *tells* the story. The author violates this principle for the entire book.
  • 5 am

    5
    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

    5
    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

    5
    By History reader 15
    Amazing imagination and skill. Strange and absolutely fantastic.

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