The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth Series #2)

The Obelisk Gate (Broken Earth Series #2)

by N. K. Jemisin

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ISBN-13: 9780316229265
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Series: Broken Earth Series , #2
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 1,378
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

N. K. Jemisin is the first author in the genre's history to win three consecutive Best Novel Hugo Awards, all for her Broken Earth trilogy. Her work has also won the Nebula, Locus, and Goodreads Choice Awards. She is currently a reviewer for the New York Times Book Review, and she has been an instructor for the Clarion and Clarion West writing workshops. In her spare time she is a gamer and gardener, and she is also single-handedly responsible for saving the world from King Ozzymandias, her dangerously intelligent ginger cat, and his phenomenally destructive sidekick Magpie.

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The Obelisk Gate 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Go4Jugular 26 days ago
Highly imaginative and genuinely original series that, if one must assign a category, probably falls closer to fantasy than science fiction. I'm reviewing all three books in the series with this one review, in part because (duh) it's a series and if you're going to read one book you should commit to all three, and also because, more than most trilogies, there's little separation from one novel to the next; these could easily have been published as one book as there isn't much sense of a climax, or a pause in the narrative, at the ends of the first two books. The plot follows a few (but ultimately focuses on two) of the subset of humans that can control geological forces - the flow of magma, the movement of continental faults, the raising and lowering of mountainous amounts of rock. While forces of incomprehensible power are on display, there's also a very human and intimate element to the central plot of a woman who has loved, lost all, recovered, and is again threatened with loss of everything of value to her. My only criticism, as a self-confessed literalist, is that some of the storytelling can be a bit ephemeral, but if you don't mind the occasional vagueness of the prose (this is not a criticism of the writer's ability, just a personal preference) then this series has nothing to detract from the enjoyment it otherwise consistently delivers.
Anonymous 30 days ago
I found it to be a bit slow at first, but it picks quickly. The characters are complex and have depth, and the story was unique.
Shawscribbles 5 months ago
This is the second book in The Broken Earth series by Jemisin. Like the first book in this series, The Obelisk Gate was the 2017 winner of the Hugo Award. I feel that these books offer a series of snapshots into the work that Jemisin has created. As with most fantasy novels, one has to pay attention throughout the entire series in order to pick up on the deeper narratives that are taking place. While these are well written and I enjoyed reading them, neither book has really stuck with me so I'm craving Book 3, as has happened to me with other series. Still this is a stellar series and especially if you are a fan of epic fantasy novels. Book 1 was stronger than Book 2 as The Obelisk Gate has a feeling of a lot of posturing and set up for Book 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series ends.
Shawscribbles 5 months ago
This is the second book in The Broken Earth series by Jemisin. Like the first book in this series, The Obelisk Gate was the 2017 winner of the Hugo Award. I feel that these books offer a series of snapshots into the work that Jemisin has created. As with most fantasy novels, one has to pay attention throughout the entire series in order to pick up on the deeper narratives that are taking place. While these are well written and I enjoyed reading them, neither book has really stuck with me so I'm craving Book 3, as has happened to me with other series. Still this is a stellar series and especially if you are a fan of epic fantasy novels. Book 1 was stronger than Book 2 as The Obelisk Gate has a feeling of a lot of posturing and set up for Book 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how the series ends.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Well written easy read enjoyable recommended
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jemisin continues to up the stakes in this series and it is one hell of a ride. The characters are complex and interesting, and the plot just keeps getting more intense. She is one of the best writers of this generation and I can't wait to read what she comes out with next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dani your amazing...georgwous and what your father put you threw does not define you . I feel like your the one woman i want for the rest of my life and i wish you feel the same. " he grabbed her nand