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The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

(Book #1 in the Broken Earth series)


Book Overview: The Fifth Season

At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

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

It starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world's sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. It starts with betrayal, and long dormant wounds rising up to fester.

This is the Stillness, a land long familiar with catastrophe, where the power of the earth is wielded as a weapon. And where there is no mercy.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

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"Jemisin is now a pillar of speculative fiction, breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold."-- Entertainment Weekly

"Intricate and extraordinary."-- The New York Times

"[ The Fifth Season is] an ambitious book, with a shifting point of view, and a protagonist whose full complexity doesn't become apparent till toward the end of the novel. ... Jemisin's work itself is part of a slow but definite change in sci-fi and fantasy."-- Guardian

"Astounding... Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come."-- NPR Books

"Jemisin's graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world."-- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"A must-buy...breaks uncharted ground."-- Library Journal (starred review)

"Jemisin might just be the best world builder out there right now.... [She] is a master at what she does." -- RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

"The Fifth Season is a powerful, epic novel of discovery, pain, and heartbreak.... It is a novel that demands much of its readers; it rewards them aplenty and is one of those novels that becomes more powerful after deep consideration and subsequent readings."-- SFF World

"This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!"-- Martha Wells

"Brilliant...gorgeous writing and unexpected plot twists."-- Washington Post

"[A]ngrily, beautifully apocalyptic."-- B&N.com

"Heartbreaking, wholly unexpected, and technically virtuosic, The Fifth Season is a tour-de-force. I felt every shock--and the book is packed with them--in my marrow. It's no exaggeration to say that Jemisin expands the range of what great fantasy can be."-- Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor's Blades

"With every new work, Jemisin's ability to build worlds and break hearts only grows."-- Kirkus (starred review)

N. K. Jemisin is an acclaimed American author, renowned worldwide for her distinguished contributions to the fantasy and science fiction literary genre. A writer of immense creative depth and narrative prowess, Jemisin is most famously credited for her bestselling "Broken Earth" trilogy, for which she was honored with the prestigious Hugo Award for three consecutive years—a first in the history of the award. Born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1972, Jemisin arguably boasts a unique perspective, influenced by her experience as a woman of color and background in psychology and counseling. These experiences characterize her unparalleled ability to depict human interactions and emotional complexities in alternate realities. Her storytelling transcends mere myth and magic, exploring profound themes of socioeconomic disparity, cultural diversity, and environmental degradation. Jemisin’s ingenious narrative style and compellingly intricate world-building have positioned her as a luminary in speculative fiction. Her powerful and authentic voice has continually demonstrated not just the imaginative boundaries of fantasy and science fiction, but also their potential as potent tools for discourse and change in contemporary society. With her commitment to diverse characters and perspectives, N. K. Jemisin situates herself as a robust force reshaping the landscape of modern literature.


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