The Obelisk Gate

(Broken Earth #2)

eBook, 448 pages

English language

Published Aug. 16, 2016 by Orbit.

ISBN:
9780316229289
4 stars (87 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.

1 edition

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!

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 …

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.

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.

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This is the second book in the trilogy, and as such has to do a lot of heavy lifting. World-building is further developed, and we begin to get some glimpses of where this series is going.

Fortunately I found this volume to be less depressing than the first, although it is absolutely a post-apocalyptic story. So keep in mind that that "less depressing" is indeed relative.

Overall this is a fantastic book. Jemisin is in great form, and it is a pleasure to read anything she is writing these days. I'm looking forward to volume 3.

Review of 'The Obelisk Gate' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This book was just as good as the first one, which was excellent. We continue the story where we left off and learn a lot more about the world, orogeny, the Seasons, and some of the characters. While the characters are still great, it feels much smaller in scope as we spend practically all the book with either Essun or Nassun. The setting is fantastic and the plot is still pretty good, though it feels a bit slower or more confined than its predecessor. Regardless, The Obelisk Gate is a top notch book and a must-read.

For my full review, check out my blog: strakul.blogspot.com/2017/01/book-review-obelisk-gate-by-nk-jemisin.html

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