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Review: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

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.

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

What I thought:

Some books are beautiful, but this series? This entire series is an intricate work of art. Right before I started Book 1 I wasn’t sure if I’d read all three one after the other, but how could I not? Stunning, all three of them.

So far, everything I’ve read by Jemisin has landed on my Forever Shelf, which tells you everything you need to know about this series.

But let’s do the actual review.

The way of the world isn’t the strong devouring the weak, but the weak deceiving and poisoning and whispering in the ears of the strong until they become weak, too. Then it’s all broken hands and silver threads woven like ropes, and mothers who move the earth to destroy their enemies but cannot save one little boy.

There are many things in this book that hurt, but Hoa made me happy. I loved him in The Fifth Season, but I didn’t realise just how much he was connected to everything until The Obelisk Gate. He’s one of my favourite characters ever – but then, so is everyone else in this series.

What I love the most about all three of these books is that you can tell what Jemisin was thinking. I be damned if she didn’t sit down on her desk everyday and thought ‘I’m going to break these characters.’

Fool. That’s what you get for pissing off my rogga.

<3 Hoa

I admire her writing so much. I loved her after The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, but now? Now she’s right up there with my Queen Leigh Bardugo and my King Jay Kristoff. Not sure what this makes her. Lady of Pain? Yes, that works.

If you love epic fantasy, this series is a must-read. Don’t argue, just buy it and weep. Of course I moved straight on to Book 3, The Stone Sky; there was nothing else that could follow it.

Other books by N. K. Jemisin:

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2) | Also read: The Fifth Season by N K Jemisin

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2) | Also read: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N K Jemisin

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