The Obelisk Gate

, #2

eBook, 448 pages

English language

Published Aug. 15, 2016 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-22928-9
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4 stars (180 reviews)

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.

2 editions

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Smaller in scope but rides the worldbuilding wave

3 stars

I was mixed on The Fifth Season - confused by some of the narrative styles, but felt better after reading a few summaries. I didn't have that problem with The Obelisk Gate.

By focusing on only a couple characters, the story is more streamlined and easier to follow, but it feels like a lot of the worldbuilding and kineticism of the first book is lost. Which is a shame, because that was my favorite part of the first in the series.

It feels like Jemisin's ramping up for the final book in the trilogy, so I'm excited to see what follows.

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I had a hard time with this one. Not much really happened. It felt more like set up for the next book, which is fine, but that leaves me with high expectations. I also wasn't expecting the ~magic~ arc and I'm not sure how I feel about it...

I still really enjoyed the world this takes place in!

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I was quite excited to get into The Obelisk Gate after finishing the previous book, because it left off on a very promising note and the richness of Jemisin’s writing was still fresh in my mind. However, I found that the second book rode a bit too much on the efforts of the first, resulting in a book that was not as spectacular nor as captivating as its predecessor. Here, Jemisin scarcely builds on the worldbuilding from the previous books, and when she does, it is done through straight exposition. Too much of “telling” rather than “showing”… and while there is a narrative excuse for that, it could have been executed better.

Following the events of the previous book, the story in the second edition halts to a grinding stop. Essun’s story involves mostly mundane things relating to Castrima and her attempting to ‘learn’ what her new role in …

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

The remarkable thing about this series is just how many prejudices and power struggles she is able to explore. From the obvious race issues, to the trauma that parents and children inflict on each other, to the politics that afflict any community, every scene seems to provide another meaty subject to chew on. And on top of that it's a captivating adventure with first class world. building.

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I loved the first book because I thought it had the potential to be more than just a fantasy book. It was beautifully written and explored a world that you could draw deep parallels to.

The second book is a bit of a let-down from that point of view. It's a good book on it's own, but it does not stand up to the promise of the first one.

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

The pacing suffers a bit from second book syndrome, but the book does a good job of setting things up for the final book. Nassun's character development piques curiosity and is confusing, making her a wildcard in the pack of characters.
3.5 rounded up because the series is just so darn interesting.

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A great follow-up to The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate further explains the world in which it is set, while never neglecting good characterization as well. The science behind the obelisks and orogeny may never end up making perfect sense, but it serves as a wonderful framework for the mixture of history, ignorance, induced ignorance, and outright malice to flourish. I'm still not clear on why the factions of the great war have the positions they do, but the complexity and infighting within each group feels very authentic.

reviewed The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth, #2)

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

After devouring The Fifth Season I was eager to continue Essen's story and when The Obelisk Gate dropped into my lap via my generous Ninja Book Swap partner, I knew it had to go to the top of the TBR. I was not disappointed.

Essun has kind of resolved herself to not seeing her daughter again, but this instalment also follows Nassun's path after the death of her brother. Her father is conflicted with his hate, his daughter is both a rogga and his little girl, how can he reconcile the two. He takes her to the far South where he has heard rumours of a cure.

Schaffa is still alive but a changed man, his paths becoming entwined with Nassun's. She hates her mother but befriends the man responsible for making her that way...yet is he still the same man? He no longer serves the Fulcrum, the lines between …

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