The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate

Book - 2016
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"Essun--once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger--has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power--and her choices will break the world"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Orbit,, 2016
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780316229265
Branch Call Number: FAN F JEM
Characteristics: 433 pages : map ; 21 cm

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haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The second book in the series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

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ChrisMcMil
Mar 23, 2019

This second installment in the trilogy focuses on the parallel mother-daughter Essen-Nassun story-lines, since the grand plot-line, major characters and backstory are already known. The character development is quite compelling and it provides an insightful exploration of different aspects of authority, leadership, loyalty, interpersonal relations and prejudice. However, unlike the first book it doesn’t really introduce much new in the way of speculative ideas. The only “scientific” flavour comes from some sparse geological references, so the “Science Fiction” designation is questionable (especially with the occasional faux pas, such as suggesting that the stars at night are different when viewed from a different longitude). For hard-core SF fans it presents many cringe worthy challenges to suspending disbelief, but for fantasy fans that’s not a problem. Overall an excellent and memorable read.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 21, 2018

Not quite as. Wonderful as The Fifth Season...but close. So looking forward to finding out what comes next. A first rate fantasy series, with a really unique narrative structure.

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dnk
Dec 18, 2018

I enjoyed this more than the first, which while excellent lingered over dead children more than I could stand. This one extended not only the world but also the history, and I felt like I was beginning to get an understanding of what happened to set everything off. Loved the description of magic in this world--brilliant.

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Natashastales
Dec 16, 2018

The world-building is phenomenal. I loved how Jemisin wrote Nassun. I wanted to know what her character flaw was and boy was it relatable. Essun may have gotten on my nerves sometimes, but that is what makes her real. This is truly an incredible tale. The 2nd book gives you more to dive into and clearly explains the stone eaters and obelisk, without over doing it. Sometimes it seemed as if I could read a book about Alabaster and Essun by itself. The characters are very welldeveloped.

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Tauriel
Nov 13, 2018

THE OBELISK GATE: N. K. JEMISIN

This is the second book in the Broken Sky trilogy, and it just keeps getting better. This book does not disappoint; it pulls you in and makes you gasp and lean forward in your seat in order to find out just where this is going.
CHARACTERS: Essun is dealing with finding her daughter, Nassun, dealing with her dying mentor and with her stone eater friend. Schaffa, on the other hand, is really creepy, in the way that you never really know what he is thinking, and he is probably the character that I find the most interesting, even though I find Essun the most empathizable.
PLOT: Essun trains to use the floating obelisks to lasso the moon with orogeny. Meanwhile, the underground city is threatened by rivals and natural fire-explosive-bug-things. Oh, and lots of crazy scientific/magic things happen again that you can really only understand if you read the book. Trust me, this plot is good. Really good.
ACCURACY: I really like (and I said this for Fifth Season) how this world just combines science and magic. I really wouldn’t know where to shelve it, under Fantasy or SciFi (They’re on my SciFi shelf just because I have no room on my Fantasy shelf) because science and magic can’t be separated.
RECOMMENDATION: Five out of Five. Definitely for a more mature audience. This book is really good, and the shifts in perspective may be a little confusing at first, but only add to the novel as a whole.

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Pat_Kelly
Oct 07, 2017

Jumped into this series with this 2nd volume; liked the writing which is almost poetic and the characters who are alien but familiar in their motivations and feelings. Great range of vision and inventiveness in the story and handled very well in the writing. Raises important questions without hitting you over the head with them. Summary: I went in skeptical that it might be too much fantasy versus sci-fi for me but was totally won over by the end of the book.

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cottageunderh
Oct 03, 2017

How do you write an amazing review of an amazing book without giving anything away? This. Is. More. Epic..? Hmmm.... I have to say it is one of the few books that weaves fantasy and science fiction elements together very well... very very well... :)

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JLMason
Feb 19, 2017

This second book in the series explores how people behave in a civilization under pressure to survive during a cataclysmic breakdown of the environment. Millennia in the future, Earth has gender, skin colour, and sexual orientation equality, yet the society is riven by racism directed towards the orogenes, humans who have evolved unusual powers and are kept under control and exploited by masters called Guardians. Orogenes evoke hatred and fear, yet they are the means to salvation. The book also explores leadership, tribalism, loyalty, self-sacrifice, and prejudice. Rich in detail and character development, the plot unfolds at a more leisurely pace than the first book, as more is revealed about the floating obelisks, how Earth came to be in its volcanically unstable state, and what it might take to permanently stabilize or destroy it, with forces aligned on each side. Once again, I am left eager to read the next book and to seek out more of Ms. Jemisin’s fine writing.

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pspice
Jan 28, 2017

I think it's better than the first in the series. Characters are developed further, the stakes are higher, consequences direr. It continues in its darkness and there are no heros. The protaganist is flawed but sympathetic. August 2017 is the projected release date for the third in the Broken Earth series. Can't wait.

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haushallmartinez thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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Dec 16, 2018

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Violence: Child abuse

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