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The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin

9 Reviews

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Broken Earth Trilogy, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fantasy

Shortlisted for the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Kitschies and Audie awards this is the stunning first instalment in a fantasy trilogy set in a world of volcanoes and earthquakes, where the power to control the earth is the most dangerous of all. The New York Times called The Fifth Season 'intricate and extraordinary'


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.

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Praise for The Fifth Season

  • Intricate and extraordinary - New York Times

  • Brilliant . . . gorgeous writing and unexpected plot twists - Washington Post

  • Astounding . . . Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come - NPR Books

  • A must-buy . . . breaks uncharted ground - Library Journal (starred review)

  • An ambitious book with a shifting point of view and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end of the novel . . . Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy - Guardian

  • Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene.

  • This is a book that readers won't be able to put down . . . A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year.

  • Lush and evocative

  • [A] gripping series launch . . . as well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure. - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

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