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

The Obelisk Gate (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 Stillnes...

Details The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)

TitleThe Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)
Release DateAug 18th, 2016
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia

Reviews The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    So I listened to this the first time on audio instead of reading my paperback. As most of you know I only like doing re-reads on audio because I miss too much on first time reads but it's all good. Once again, even though I didn't understand all that was going on (same thing happened when I read the first book by paperback) some of the time I still loved it. I'm so weird that way. 😳Nassun is off with her horrible father and some peeps and her ...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    I thought I wasn't going to like this one as much as the first book. The pace was a bit slow... but the ending was great and I'm looking forward to the third one!
  • Bradley
    Edit 8/11/17HUGO WINNER for 2017!!!!! That's the second one in a row for the SAME series! :) And since I've already read the third one and squealed all over it, I'm going on a limb and calling it three Hugos in a row.Don't hate me if I'm right! :)Original review:My mind cannot stop dancing with joy after reading this. You might say that I'm dancing with Father Earth, enjoying the reveals as one would enjoy the unearthing of so many gems of storyt...
  • Petrik
    2.5/5 StarsBuddy read with the lovely Melanie!The Obelisk Gate just won the Hugo Award 2017 for Best Novel of the year category, and coincidentally, I finished reading the book on the same day the result of the award was announced. Sadly, it’s not a happy coincidence because I highly disagree with it.This is probably the most unpopular opinion I ever wrote so far. At the time of posting this review, out of 12470 ratings, less than 200 readers r...
  • Melanie
    1.) The Fifth Season ★★★★★Buddy Read with Petrik ❤I finished this book just after it won its Hugo award for the best novel of 2017. This and The Fifth Season are so deserving of the awards and praise they receive. These books leave me wordless, because there is no explaining how much of a meaningful impact these books have on the world, let alone the SFF community. All I can truly say is thank you to N.K. Jemisin for this world, these...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    There's something so special about this series.I'm not going to lie, it's a bit complicated. It takes its sweet time revealing bits and pieces of itself to the reader. The magic isn't always intuitive, the characters' motivations aren't always laid out nicely and neatly. But it's always fascinating and keeps me asking questions. It's not a series I would recommend for those of us without patience. It's unique second person point of view is, again...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    ▐ WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARDS 2017 for best novel▐4.5 stars. I see you. "I can't stand Fantasy novels! They're all the same! There are too many characters! It's predictable! Unrealistic! Not diverse!" ← Trust me, I hear you. The Obelisk Gate is different, though, and here's why you should give it a chance :You're very tired of reading the same uninspired writing over and over again? Fear no more! N.K. Jemisin's writing is nothing short of fan...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    “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.” So... that was good. That was really, really good.I think… I talked about what makes this series special thematically a lot in my review for The Fifth Season. But I genuinely think the core of this series, the thing that makes it so impactful, is how it talks about oppressi...
  • Choko
    *** 4.44 ***I did not wait for a buddy read, because after finishing the first book I HAD TO KNOW!!! I engulfed this one in a day and have to say, despite loving the heck out of it, my thirst to KNOW is not quenched... I need the third book right now, but alas, I will have to wait like a good and patient reader and preorder it, so I can have it as soon as it comes out, if not possible to get it earlier. "..."Life cannot exist without the Earth.Y...
  • Tess Burton
    To summarize, it seems even the best authors can fall victim to Middle Book Syndrome.I still adore N.K. Jemisin, I still think she's a goddess. The Obelisk Gate just didn't do it for me. The first book in this series, The Fifth Season, was just so exciting. It was filled with incredible world-building and a well-paced journey with a complex and likable heroine. But whereas The Fifth Season was probably 70% backstory, I should really have known th...
  • Justine
    This book transitions very nicely from where The Fifth Season left off. We backtrack in time a bit to follow the journey Essun's daughter Nassun took with her father, Jija, and then the rest of the book runs in a parallel timeline following Essun in Castrima and Nassun further South in Jekity.Jemisin has a wonderful storyteller's voice, which she uses to great effect here. The pain inflicted on Essun by her time with the Fulcrum continues to reve...
  • Algernon
    [9/10]“The Fifth Season” set the bar really high for the follow up, but N K Jemisin delivers the goods in the sequel with as much skill and inventivity as I have come to expect from her original, engaging stories. With a whole planet as a terrible playground and a timescale extended to tens of thousands or more years, Jemisin redefines what EPIC means in terms of fantasy. Robert Jordan and Steven Erikson are arguably in a good position to ch...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Congratulations to N.K. Jemisin for winning the Hugo Award for this book as well as last year for The Fifth SeasonThis series is a little different from many that I’ve read recently. I said in my prior review that it seemed like a Dystopian Fantasy and I believe it is classified as Sci-Fi. I’m still not sure what it is officially but with some of the revelations in this it appears that this might be a version of Earth in the distant, distant ...
  • Bibi
    By now you've gotten over that devilishly clever writing devise that Ms Jemisin wielded in book one and, like me, you're eager to continue the journey with Essun, unwavering in your desire to uncover the secrets of this strange but fascinating world. And you're not disappointed.This is writing at par with the Sandersons, Bardugos et al. NK is a master storyteller!
  • TS Chan
    4.5 stars.The Obelisk Gate may feel like a middle book, but it is an excellent one. Before I start, I just have to say that this book's cover is my favourite of the trilogy. I absolutely love its colours and beautiful stone design so evocative of past civilisations' architecture.The non-linear plot of two past timelines and a present one converged towards the end of the first book, and The Obelisk Gate takes the story forward almost immediately w...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    I've heard people say this suffered from middle book syndrome. Not at all for me. If anything I was able to enjoy it more so because the second person present tense was familiar this time around and not distracting. This book picks right back up where the last left off and the scope of what we're dealing with is truly revealed in not generations or centuries but in tens of thousands of years. Some of the descriptions of changing eras, landscapes,...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Obelisk Gate is the highly anticipated follow-up to The Fifth Season, further building upon the world and characters created by N.K. Jemisin in the world of The Broken Earth. While it has the distinct feel of a middle book in a trilogy, letting the first book maintain its edge in my eyes, it’s still nonetheless a fantastic and very rich sequel.The story picks up from ...
  • Hannah
    While I didn't quite enjoy this sequel as much as I enjoyed The Fifth Season it is still an impressively imagined, intriquately plotted, and highly original fantasy book. I am just so in love with the world N. K. Jemisin has created here! I cannot believe I will have to wait until August to see how it will conclude; I mean I know it'll end in tears (my tears) because there is no way a story this cruel can have the perfect happy ending I want for ...
  • Nataliya
    Perfect. Simply perfect.---Review to follow.
  • Samantha
    As you can probably tell from the 5 star review: I LOVED this book! I enjoyed Fifth Season, but this book really sealed the deal for me.The characters, the narration, the story, the magic....everything is so unique and new and I cannot get enough! Definitely a breath of fresh air in the fantasy genre. If you're looking for a fantasy story that is new and refreshing, features a diverse cast of characters then this is most certainly the book for yo...
  • Robyn
    The first of this series was so good that it's hard to rate this book fairly. I would have loved it no matter, as an extension of the wonderful world and characters of the first, but it's hard task to be as amazing as the first book. It's not as earth-shattering (so punny), but it lived up to my expectations, continuing to raise questions and mysteries throughout (and answering a few, too). I continue to be amazed at the depth of the world Jemisi...
  • Holly
    Basically none of the characters are particularly nice or good and the action doesn't ever really ramp up in this book at all, and yet I am obsessed with this trilogy. There's just something about this series that I personally really enjoy and connect with, I can't really explain it but I'll try: The world building is amazing and it builds even more in this story - it might even be the central focus of the plot in a way, as more things are reveal...
  • Stefan Bach
    "If being less than himself means being less than the monster that he was, he cannot regret it." I have read your reviews. I understand those who said this book suffers from a 'second book' syndrome; and I understand you who said you don't understand how can anyone say this book suffers from a 'second book' syndrome. I tend to agree with: all of you. How? Well, it's not me who said either of those two things. (shut up, it's my logic :))Seriously ...
  • Hiba
    Evil earth why do you do this to me? I am so disappointed right now that I don't think I'll be able to review this properly. I wanted to love this book so much so that I've been reading it again and again to make myself like it a little bit more. I've been reading all 5 and 4 stars review for past 2 hours to convince myself that it is good but nothing is changing this simple yet powerful fact:The Obelisk Gate was just so fucking boring, at places...
  • Philip
    4.25ish stars.This is such a cool series, right!?The world-building and "magic" system are cool and different and unconventional. Jemisin's writing style is cool and unusual and edgy. Her characters are cool and genuine and unabashedly imperfect. Just so cool. Obviously this is a middle book and some of the novelty isn't as novel this time around. The aforementioned edgy writing style that Jemisin employs works for her and I like it most of the t...
  • Phrynne
    The Obelisk Gate continues smoothly from where we left The Fifth Season except that we now begin to follow what is happening to Nassun. Her story is interesting and obviously leading to her having some huge involvement in the finale, but my main interest all the time is in Essun. She is certainly becoming a force to be reckoned with. N.K. Jemisin is a realist when it comes to life and death and deals with her characters accordingly. Poor Alabaste...
  • Matthew Quann
    The second book in a trilogy serves as a fulcrum on which the whole series pivots. It is responsible for deepening the mysteries of the first book, answering some questions, setting up conflict for the final instalment, and it should make the attempt at being interesting in and of itself. My personal favourite middle instalments manage to harmonize these conflicting narrative needs, shatter the established and expected course of the narrative, or...
  • Althea Ann
    I loved 'The Fifth Season' - it was probably my best read of last year. So of course, I looked forward to 'The Obelisk Gate' with great anticipation. It's really, really good... but it didn't quite live up to those expectations. As often happens with second books, there's a bit of a 'sophomore slump.' The first book is more tightly plotted, featuring strategically timed revelations; this is more of a straightforward "what happened next," as the r...
  • Tatiana
    I like how it pivoted from straight fantasy toward post-apocalyptic science fiction. Cleverly inventive.
  • Silvana
    Now I know why this book - a sequel - won a Hugo, back to back after The Fifth Season won the award in 2016. It gets even better. When I first read this book one year ago, I was in a hurry because I wanted to know what happened next. I remembered feeling, well, this is not as good as its predecessor. While the addition of POVs of Nassun and Schaffa are very welcome, the Essun chapters was a drag for me. Why she spent so much time in Castrima doin...