The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate

Paperback - 2016 | First Edition
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"Essun--once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger--has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power--and her choices will break the world"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2016
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316229265
Branch Call Number: FAN JEM
Characteristics: 433 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR. book 2

Jan 24, 2020

2nd book in The Broken Earth Trilogy

RyanR_KCMO Nov 08, 2019

Book two in the Broken Earth trilogy. Starts fast with a bit of a slump in the middle, the payoff is in the finish. I can not wait to get into the final volume. Jemisin is amazing.

This is what the best Sci-Fi looks like.

IndyPL_SteveB Sep 11, 2019

Terrifically tense and exciting sequel to *The Fifth Season*. All three books in this fantasy series won the Hugo Award for best novel.

Jemisin’s world might be a far-future version of the Earth, when all of the continents have drifted back together into one land mass. Humanity is barely hanging on, because the forces of the moving tectonic plates, volcanoes, and earthquakes frequently destroy parts of civilization. Each one of these events can be so devastating that the atmospheric effects can last for decades, in what people call “Fifth Seasons.” In the second book, we discover that Jemisin has developed a fantasy solution for a science fiction problem – around 25,000 years previously an earlier civilization developed a super weapon to kill their enemies. A misuse of this weapon caused the moon to change its orbit so that it is rarely seen. The loss of the moon apparently began the Fifth Seasons.

While the tension and action is nearly unstoppable, the characters again hold our attention. It is often difficult to know who is supposed to be saving the world and who destroying it, because we really don’t understand the motivations of the various survivors. All of the main characters are deeply dangerous and capable of killing large numbers of people. A magnificent series.

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The second book in the series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

Mar 23, 2019

This second installment in the trilogy focuses on the parallel mother-daughter Essen-Nassun story-lines, since the grand plot-line, major characters and backstory are already known. The character development is quite compelling and it provides an insightful exploration of different aspects of authority, leadership, loyalty, interpersonal relations and prejudice. However, unlike the first book it doesn’t really introduce much new in the way of speculative ideas. The only “scientific” flavour comes from some sparse geological references, so the “Science Fiction” designation is questionable (especially with the occasional faux pas, such as suggesting that the stars at night are different when viewed from a different longitude). For hard-core SF fans it presents many cringe worthy challenges to suspending disbelief, but for fantasy fans that’s not a problem. Overall an excellent and memorable read.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 21, 2018

Not quite as. Wonderful as The Fifth Season...but close. So looking forward to finding out what comes next. A first rate fantasy series, with a really unique narrative structure.

Dec 16, 2018

The world-building is phenomenal. I loved how Jemisin wrote Nassun. I wanted to know what her character flaw was and boy was it relatable. Essun may have gotten on my nerves sometimes, but that is what makes her real. This is truly an incredible tale. The 2nd book gives you more to dive into and clearly explains the stone eaters and obelisk, without over doing it. Sometimes it seemed as if I could read a book about Alabaster and Essun by itself. The characters are very welldeveloped.

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 poetic 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.

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