The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate

The Broken Earth : Book Two

Book - 2016 | First edition
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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 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2016
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780316229265
Characteristics: 433 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Nov 13, 2018


This is the second book in the Broken Sky trilogy, and it just keeps getting better. This book does not disappoint; it pulls you in and makes you gasp and lean forward in your seat in order to find out just where this is going.
CHARACTERS: Essun is dealing with finding her daughter, Nassun, dealing with her dying mentor and with her stone eater friend. Schaffa, on the other hand, is really creepy, in the way that you never really know what he is thinking, and he is probably the character that I find the most interesting, even though I find Essun the most empathizable.
PLOT: Essun trains to use the floating obelisks to lasso the moon with orogeny. Meanwhile, the underground city is threatened by rivals and natural fire-explosive-bug-things. Oh, and lots of crazy scientific/magic things happen again that you can really only understand if you read the book. Trust me, this plot is good. Really good.
ACCURACY: I really like (and I said this for Fifth Season) how this world just combines science and magic. I really wouldn’t know where to shelve it, under Fantasy or SciFi (They’re on my SciFi shelf just because I have no room on my Fantasy shelf) because science and magic can’t be separated.
RECOMMENDATION: Five out of Five. Definitely for a more mature audience. This book is really good, and the shifts in perspective may be a little confusing at first, but only add to the novel as a whole.

Oct 07, 2017

Jumped into this series with this 2nd volume; liked the writing which is almost poet and the characters who are alien but familiar in their motivations and feelings. Great range of vision and inventiveness in the story and handled very well in the writing. Raises important questions without hitting you over the head with them. Summary: I went in skeptical that it might be too much fantasy versus sci-fi for me but was totally won over by the end of the book.

Oct 03, 2017

How do you write an amazing review of an amazing book without giving anything away? This. Is. More. Epic..? Hmmm.... I have to say it is one of the few books that weaves fantasy and science fiction elements together very well... very very well... :)

Feb 19, 2017

This second book in the series explores how people behave in a civilization under pressure to survive during a cataclysmic breakdown of the environment. Millennia in the future, Earth has gender, skin colour, and sexual orientation equality, yet the society is riven by racism directed towards the orogenes, humans who have evolved unusual powers and are kept under control and exploited by masters called Guardians. Orogenes evoke hatred and fear, yet they are the means to salvation. The book also explores leadership, tribalism, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and prejudice. Rich in detail and character development, the plot unfolds at a more leisurely pace than the first book, as more is revealed about the floating obelisks, how Earth came to be in its volcanically unstable state, and what it might take to permanently stabilize or destroy it, with forces aligned on each side. Once again, I am left eager to read the next book and to seek out more of Ms. Jemisin’s fine writing.

Jan 28, 2017

I think it's better than the first in the series. Characters are developed further, the stakes are higher, consequences direr. It continues in its darkness and there are no heros. The protaganist is flawed but sympathetic. August 2017 is the projected release date for the third in the Broken Earth series. Can't wait.

This is one of the better series of fantasy books I have read. The world and characters are built to last, and the story line is not slow and plodding. The questions brought to mind about our humanness are intriguing. Love how all the factors of how the world really works are brought to life.

AliReads Sep 28, 2016

The stunning sequel to The Fifth Season, delving deeper into the way this fantasy world works (or doesn't work, as the case may be) full of tragedy, hidden histories, desperate grasps at survival, and utterly fantastic powerful women.


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