Review: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin

This year my reading has come in bursts. I go weeks without finishing a book and then, BAM, I finish 2 or 3 within a week.

Last week I finally finished  The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin. It’s taken me a few weeks to get through the novel. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, but I didn’t have the time or brainpower to fully immerse myself into Jemisin’s well-established world. I wanted to savor each secret that her characters revealed.

In order to keep this review spoiler free for those who have not read the first book The Fifth SeasonI’ll go easy on the details. In fact, I won’t even copy the synopsis to The Obelisk Gate as the first sentence is a spoiler! But if you’re dying to know, feel free to click on link.

I love reading series, especially trilogies, where there’s a definite ending to the story. I’m not a fan of never ending series because they seem to run out of steam. Trilogies have their pitfalls too, mainly that the second book becomes a setup for the final book. (See Justin Cronin’s The Passage Trilogy and  Erika Johansen’s The Queen of the Tearling. I’d even add The Empire Strikes Back to this list.)

The Obelisk Gate worked for me. It managed to move the story along without being dragged down by foreshadowing for the final book. Jemisin reveals more and more layers to the main characters. She unveils the history of orogenes and how the Seasons might have begin. It’s obvious Jemisin has put much thought in the history of her world.

I have no idea when the final book will be released, but it’s an auto buy for me.

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