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#FridayReads – The Obelisk Gate

If someone ever asks you who my favorite author is, I want you to tell them that it’s N.K. Jemisin. Not that old man in New Mexico, not the lady from the UK, not even Tamora Pierce. Nora K. Jemisin. Tell them I love her; tell them she destroyed my life. I’ve been screaming her praises for the past year, and nothing in this world can make me regret it. Why? Because The Fifth Season was phenomenal, and its sequel, The Obelisk Gate, did not disappoint.

Picking up almost directly from the end of The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate is essentially about Essun’s quest to save what remains of the world, if only to have some place to continue rasing her still-missing daughter, Nassun. Nassun, on the other hand, learns how to cope in a world that fears her, with a father that despises her.

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N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season

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I have never been so happy with a new author as I have been with N.K. Jemisin. Everything I’ve read from her has been absolutely phenomenal. I did not expect The Fifth Season to be so good, but I cannot begin to describe how great it was.

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season is a story about the beginning of the end of an age. It is about surviving the destruction of civilization. However, in the midst of all this, this is a story about a woman searching for her child, a student doing what she needs to become a master, and a child forced to become something that others do not consider human. This is a story of transformation.

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