""Intricate and extraordinary."--New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015) The second novel in a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin. 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. 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 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 Earth The Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate"--
"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"--
- ISBN10 0316229261
- ISBN13 9780316229265
- Publish Date 16 August 2016
- Publish Status Active
- Publish Country US
- Imprint Orbit
- Format Paperback (US Trade)
- Pages 448
- Language English
3.5 rounded up because the series is just so darn interesting.
It is safe to say, however, that there is less diversity in the points of view in this book than in The Fifth Season, and it felt like the book was rather static. The main characters tend to stay in the same place, and this inertia almost bled over into their character as well. There was little significant growth in The Obelisk Gate, and all new plot information was spoon-fed into the characters (and by extension, us). Being told how a world works rather than the characters finding out for themselves is one of my least favourite tropes (in my head I call it the "learning from the elves" trope, where a main character disappears for a year to become a well-rounded badass). Honestly, it's just not exciting.
I understand how it was necessary, and I do think that the world Ms Jemisin created is original and interesting. The Obelisk Gate was rather slow though, and even in hindsight it feels like not a whole lot happened compared to the whirlwind of the first novel.