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Summary

Winner of the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

Book two in the record-breaking triple Hugo Award-winning trilogy.

The season of endings grows darker, as civilisation fades into the long cold night.

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.

©2016 N. K. Jemisin (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"Amazing." (Ann Leckie)

"Breaks uncharted ground." (Library Journal)

"Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected." (Brian Staveley)

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I Can't Even

Seriously, if you are looking for the crack cocaine of speculative sci-fi/fantasy, this is it. The author is the queen of tantalising her listener/reader with titbits of information before jerking away on another tangent, such that it's half an hour later when you realise the Very Important Question hadn't been answered. Devious. I CANNOT wait for book 3.

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Incredible!

Loved the continuation of the story, so very gripping. I hate when I need to stop listening.

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Couldn’t stop listening

This series is so good. It’s easy to listen to and simultaneously a very interesting story

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Keeps getting better!

Enjoyed this as much as the first one if not more! Moves at a good pace and love all the twists and changes. Struggled following the voices once or twice but otherwise great.

Starting the next one immediately.

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Very good

I am loving this story. I'm looking forward to starting book 3. I had No idea I even liked this genre. It has opened my eyes. I strongly recommend. The narrator on audible is excellent too.

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highly original and very gritty

loved this, great magic system, good characters and the action and story are very well balanced

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not as great as the first

not as great as the lovely first book but nice to carry the story on.

looking forward to the last part in the series

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If my job wasn't so dull I might not have finished

Brace yourselves with this one, nothing really happens. The story would have been more interesting from Alabaster's perspective because he is an active and enthusiastic protagonist. Essun seems to need steering from point to point by other more engaging characters.

Half of this story follows Essun getting lessons from Alabaster who follows the Albus Dumbledore style of teaching in little chunks where you don't tell your pupils what they need to know. It is written off as him being a terrible teacher but no-one could teach as badly as he seems to.

The other half follows her kid, Nassun who is quite annoying and slow to realise that her father is a waste of space. This is fairly dull as it is mostly a travel tale and similar to book 1.

I'm still quite interested in the overall story and what will happen to the Earth. I think I'll even read book 3 as the ending should be more interesting. I think this series was planned as a trilogy from the outset and so this book is mostly irrelevant filler to pad it enough to warrant a third book. You could probably fit all the relevant plot details into a couple of tweets though.

Narration was as good as book one. Better on 1.1x speed.

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  • 02-05-18

Robin Miles is incredible

The middle section of this book is below the quality of the first, yes, and it suffers pacing issues throughout. But the last third more than makes up for it. It's an emotional gutpunch, with tight plotting and fantastic characters.

And Robin Miles just brings everything to life perfectly. She's one of the first narrators where I've gone to seek out other books she's narrated, just so I can keep listening to her.

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  • 18-10-17

Slow but hard-hitting

I love this series! It's one of the great modern sci-fi books, in my opinion. It's not about action but the development of characters in a dystopian world. Very strong female characters.

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