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

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.

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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