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Author: N. K. Jemisin Narrator: Robin Miles Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Broken Earth Series Release Date: August 2017 ISBN: 9781478916291
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A New York Times Notable Book of 2017
A NPR Best Book of 2017

The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.


"Extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season

The Broken Earth
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
The Stone Sky

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 Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)
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Quotes & Awards

  • [N. K. Jemisin's] books have abstracted real-life race issues in a way that serves to magnify the truth. Washington Post
  • Get this book. Get it now. Read it. Then read the whole trilogy over again. Lightspeed Magazine
  • Who knew a post-apocalyptic fanatsy could forge a new path over well-trodden ground while still packing an emotional punch? Parade
  • [A]n 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
  • [A] powerful, epic novel of discovery, pain, and heartbreak. SFF World on The Fifth Season
  • 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
  • N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is the best new speculative fiction I've read in a long time . . . Intricate [and] captivating. Literary Hub
  • The Stone Sky ... establishes [Jemisin] as arguably the most important speculative writer of her generation... It's that good. She's that good. John Scalzi, Wall Street Journal
  • [N. K. Jemisin] has pretty well conquered [the epic fantasy scene] with the Broken Earth. The New York Times
  • Jemisin deliberately refuses to provide easy answers: they're simply not available, in this world or ours. Painful and powerful. Kirkus (starred review)
  • Vivid characters, a tautly constructed plot, and outstanding worldbuilding meld into an impressive and timely story of abused, grieving survivors fighting to fix themselves and save the remnants of their shattered home. Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • The depth and breadth of Jemisin's achievement with this trilogy is geologic. These books are a revolution in which I want to take part. NPR Books
  • Incredible, wildly original . . . [The Stone Sky is] blowing me away. The Verge
  • A real tour de force . . . one of the best fantasy trilogies in recent memory. RT Book Reviews (five stars)
  • The powerful conclusion to the "Broken Earth" trilogy will please the author's many fans with its fully developed world, detailed settings, and complex characters. Library Journal
  • It's honestly difficult to describe just how good N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is . . . if you don't read this trilogy, you'll regret it. Syfy Wire
  • Reshapes the face of epic fantasy. B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
  • Intricate and extraordinary. New York Times 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
  • Brilliant...gorgeous writing and unexpected plot twists. Washington Post
  • [A]ngrily, beautifully apocalyptic. B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
  • One of the most celebrated new voices in epic fantasy.
  • 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
  • “Narrator Robin Miles keeps up the suspense throughout this dramatic conclusion to the Broken Earth Trilogy…Listeners will be captured by the tense story of Essun and her lost daughter, Nassun…Miles perfectly embodies the voices of the many characters…Listen and be transported to a meticulously built world that exhibits dire warnings about the dangers of prejudice and power. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “Jemisin continues to break the heart with her sensitive, clear-eyed depictions of a beyond-dysfunctional family and the extraordinarily destructive force that is prejudice. She wrestles with moral issues at an extreme level…[and] refuses to provide easy answers: they’re simply not available, in this world or ours. Painful and powerful.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner
  • Audio bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2017 for SF/Fantasy/Horror

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About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is an American author who has won three consecutive Hugo Awards for Best Novel. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice awards. She is a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops.

About the Narrator

Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic’s Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors’ unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.