The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

Su19161852mmary (from http://www.goodreads.com):

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME.
A season of endings has begun.
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.

Review:

This is my first time reading anything by N.K. Jemisin, and while I already owned the book, it was a recommendation from a friend (a true bibliophile) that I made me open the book and read it.

The premise of the story is what hooked me. It’s a brand new world where Orogenes are able to control the power of the earth (still volcanoes, cause earthquakes) and their power is harnessed and controlled by Guardians and the Fulcrum. It’s a world like nothing I have read before (and I’ve read a fair bit of fantasy).

Apart from the incredible world building by Jemisin, the characters are compelling, especially the female ones. They are strong in every sense of the word, but are also flawed and ambitious and caring and revolutionaries. The male characters are not too bad, either.

Overall, this is a wonderful addition to the fantasy canon and I can’t wait to start on the second book in the series, The Obelisk Gate!

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