Tag: Author: N.K. Jemisin

Review: The Obelisk Gate

Posted 14 June, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase


The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring ñ madman, world-crusher, savior ñ 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 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.

So I read the first book sometime before my exams and meant to continue onward but then I was so busy getting ready for my holiday, and then of course busy when I returned (and distracted by all the other books I picked up while I was on holiday) that I didn’t get around to continuing the trilogy until now.

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Review: The Fifth Season

Posted 11 March, 2019 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

This is the way the world ends. Again.

Three terrible things happen in a single day. Essun, a woman living an ordinary life in a small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Meanwhile, mighty Sanze — the world-spanning empire whose innovations have been civilization’s bedrock for a thousand years — collapses as most of its citizens are murdered to serve a madman’s vengeance. And worst of all, across the heart of the vast continent known as the Stillness, a great red rift has been torn into the heart of the earth, spewing ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

Now Essun must pursue the wreckage of her family through a deadly, dying land. Without sunlight, clean water, or arable land, and with limited stockpiles of supplies, there will be war all across the Stillness: a battle royale of nations not for power or territory, but simply for the basic resources necessary to get through the long dark night. Essun does not care if the world falls apart around her. She’ll break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.

I finally read this book!!! The Fifth Season has long been on my TBR queue–up there with her Inheritance trilogy–but it was always pushed off by other books on the queue. I finally picked up the other two books in the trilogy last year which I figured was a signal that it’s time to read it lol. And here we finally are…May contain some mild spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Shadowed Sun

Posted 29 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

The Shadowed Sun (Dreamblood #2)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

Gujaareh, the city of dreams, suffers under the imperial rule of the Kisuati Protectorate. A city where the only law was peace now knows violence and oppression. A mysterious and deadly plague now haunts the citizens of Gujaareh, dooming the infected to die screaming in their sleep. Someone must show them the way.

So I really enjoyed the first volume of the Dreamblood duology, The Killing Moon (review). The world in which these characters lived and operated under was different as are the character tensions and conflicts. A number of storylines were left hanging at the end of the first volume so I’m curious to see how matters play out in this second volume.

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Review: The Killing Moon

Posted 28 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Killing Moon (Dreamblood #1)
By: N.K. Jemisin
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe – and kill those judged corrupt.

N.K. Jemisin is one of those authors I’ve been meaning to read for ages, ever since I first read the announcement for the publication of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, the first book in the Inheritance trilogy. Funnily enough, I ended up picking up her second series, the Dreamblood duology before her first trilogy (which I picked up in the past year). It’s been on my TBR queue for quite a while and seeing as it’s almost the end of summer and I haven’t read as much fantasy this year as I normally do, I figured now was a good time to start her books.

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