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This is the way the world end—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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • "[Jemisin’s] accomplishment in this series is tremendous. It pole-vaults over the expectations I had for what epic fantasy should be and stands in magnificent testimony to what it could be.”


  • [The Fifth Season is] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end ... Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy. Guardian on The Fifth Season
  • 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 on The Fifth Season
  • Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world. Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Fifth Season
  • A must-buy...breaks uncharted ground. Library Journal (starred review) on The Fifth Season
  • Jemisin builds off of the strong foundation laid in The Fifth Season ... an interesting new series. Booklist on The Obelisk Gate
  • Stunning, again. Kirkus (starred review) on The Obelisk Gate
  • Intricate and extraordinary. New York Times on The Fifth Season
  • This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book! Martha Wells on The Fifth Season
  • Stunning and well constructed ... a book that imbues itself with deeper meaning the more it unfolds and reveals itself, and by the end, I saw everything in a new light. I knew Jemisin was talented, being a huge fan of her Inheritance and Dreamblood books, but here she employs heretofore unseen skills. Lightspeed on The Fifth Season
  • One of the most celebrated new voices in epic fantasy. Salon.com
  • Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, The Fifth Season is a tour-de-force. I felt every shock--and the book is packed with them--in my marrow. It's no exaggeration to say that Jemisin expands the range of what great fantasy can be. Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades
  • [How] can something as large and complex as this story exist in her head, and how does she manage to tell it to me so beautifully? I can't stand how much I love The Broken Earth trilogy so far.... Absolutely dazzling. B&N Reviews on The Obelisk Gate
  • Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now.... [She] is a master at what she does. RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!) on The Fifth Season
  • [A] powerful, epic novel of discovery, pain, and heartbreak. SFF World on The Fifth Season
  • “The worldwide stakes couldn’t possibly be any higher, but the personal ones are just as strongly felt. While the multiple timelines of the first book have been swapped for a narrative that follows two characters at once, it is interwoven skillfully…The result is a strong continuation of Jemisin’s most accomplished series yet.”

    RT Book Reviews, (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Robin Miles continues as narrator, and the large cast of characters allows her to draw on her vast store of accents. Her narration is intimate and engaged, and she enriches the complicated relationships. She portrays the ten-year-old girl from whose point of view much of the story is told as intelligent and mature. Similarly, her depictions of older members of the community make clear their relative ages without exaggeration. Miles draws out the emotions—sometimes volatile, sometimes seething beneath the surface—as the complexities of this postapocalyptic world unfold. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “In this compelling, challenging, and utterly gripping work that combines elements of fantasy, science fiction, and horror…Jemisin immerses readers in a complex and intricate world of warring powers, tangled morals, and twisting motivations.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “While time and location shift with the different points of view, the dual chain of events is masterly crafted. The epic journeys of mother and daughter through this dying realm are dynamic and emotional. Verdict: Jemisin’s follow-up to The Fifth Season is exceptional.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The world-building deepens in this installment, with fresh revelations about the distant past and the true and alarming nature of the enigmatic stone eaters. But as in the previous volume, it’s the people who take front and center…Stunning, again.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • One of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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