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

This is the way the world ends… for the last time. 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.

Fantasy, 410 pages, published in 2016

This is the way the world ends… for the last time. 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.
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Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Content Warnings: child abuse

I’m pretty sure I said this in my review of the first book, but this series is nothing like anything else I’ve read before!

The first book did an interesting things with the points of view, and while I know it wouldn’t have worked in this book, I still missed it. However, there was a new character with a point of view – Essun’s daughter, Nassun. Essun’s entire goal of book one was to find Nassun, so hearing her story was really interesting.

I found Nassun’s journey particularly heartbreaking. She is travelling with her father, and although she knows that he just killed her brother for what he was (and what she is), he was always her favorite. It was easy to forget how young she really is, because she goes through it in this book.

There was a lot of interesting elaboration on the world in this book. I still don’t think I understand it 100%, but I do think I have a better grasp on than I did before.

While I’m thinking back on this book, it doesn’t feel like there was much of a plot, necessarily. The first book was dynamic because most of the book was about travelling, while for the majority of this book, the characters are staying put. The focus was on learning and preparing, but I still found myself really interested in it. It definitely set up for a big conclusion in the final book.

I can’t wait to get to the next book! I haven’t even finished the series yet and I’m already planning out which N.K. Jemisin books I’ll be picking up next.

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Series I Hope to Start in 2020!

I’ve been putting off starting new series until I have caught up with other series that I’m reading, and 2020 happens to be that time! I’m only going to be listing series that have at least two books out.

I’ve been putting off starting new series until I have caught up with other series that I’m reading, and 2020 happens to be that time! I’m only going to be listing series that have at least two books out.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (currently 3 books, 7 books planned)

After reading and loving The Priory of the Orange Tree last year, I decided I wanted to check out other works by Samantha Shannon! The three books in The Bone Season series are the only thing that she has written.

The Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemisin (completed at 3 books)

I have heard such amazing things about this series! I always want to start getting into adult fantasy more, but most of my experience so far has been limited to Brandon Sanderson.

The Iskari Series by Kristen Ciccarelli (3 books currently, ? planned)

My best friend recommended this series to me and the more I look into it, the more intrigued I get. It seems that the books can be read in any order. I’m not sure if there are more books planned in this series.

The Lightbringer Series by Brent Weeks (completed at 5 books)

This is another adult fantasy series that I have heard great things about. I attempted to read Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows, but I could barely make it 10 pages. I have heard that this one is better though.

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb (completed at 3 books)

I have not heard a ton about what this series is actually about, but I’ve heard plenty of good things about it. I think it fits into a larger series, but for now, I just want to see if I enjoy this trilogy. Also, these covers have turned me off of reading this series, but I do want to read them.

The Rebel of the Sands Trilogy by Alwyn Hamilton (completed at 3 books)

This was another recommendation from my best friend! It seems right up my alley and I trust her judgement in books and her knowledge of what I like.

What series do you want to start this year?

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