The Fifth Season by N. K. JemisinThe Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

byN. K. Jemisin

Paperback | August 4, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$17.23 online 
$20.99 list price save 17%
Earn 86 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Available in stores


"Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season (A New York Times Notable Book of 2015)


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

A season of endings has begun.

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.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

The Broken Earth
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for both The Obelisk Gate and The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hug...
Title:The Fifth SeasonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 1.25 inPublished:August 4, 2015Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316229296

ISBN - 13:9780316229296


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! Absolutely deserving of its Hugo award. Great characters, great story, really has everything you want in modern day fantasy
Date published: 2018-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is an incredible book. The writing was exceptional and the book was filled with twist and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to a new fantasy series A refreshing and unique fantasy world that is richly detailed. It takes some time to understand the world and terminology, but once you do, you realize just how well written this story is. The three person narration I found to be very well done. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really good! This book is unlike anything I've ever read before. I definitely liked the book, I just didn't love it. I connected more to the world she created than the characters. It took me about 50 - 100 pages to get used to the terminology and the way the book is written (the author switching between different narratives). The story definitely starts very slow but it does pick up towards the end, and makes you want to continue on with the trilogy! I wish I could have connected to the characters more. For some reason I didn't connect to them AT ALL, well not until till the very end of the book. Possibly, the back and forth between the three story lines and the different narratives? I found this to be a bit off. I LOVED the world she created. I LOVED the orogenes and their power to correspond and control the seismic activity. I thought that was just brilliant. Absolutely Brilliant.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An epic, but also deeply personal tale Jemisin has done an incredible job creating characters and a world which feel completely plausible despite the story being absolutely in the realms of fantasy and science-fiction. My only quibble with the book is I felt it took a while to get going, delivering exposition in ways early on that were difficult to grasp without the context gained from reading the rest of story. On a second pass it starts to make sense and you appreciate what she was trying to execute.
Date published: 2018-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomemal What a book! I was unsure of it for the first 80 pages, but I'm glad I kept reading. Outstanding book, extremely well written.
Date published: 2018-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking I couldn't put this book down! The world was enticing, and the writing left me wanting more with every page. This book is a beacon of inspiration for a new group of fiction writers!
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible One of my favourite trilogies of all time. Jemisin shows us the potential of what the fantasy genre can produce.
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book Confusing at first but once you get to the end the beginning makes sense. Can't wait to devour the next 2 books!
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Redefining the Genre I have a feeling that the next generation of fantasy authors will strive to be the next N. K. Jemisin. This book about the planet breaking apart was Earth-shattering for me. Not only was I shocked as an avid fantasy reader at the sheer volume of original ideas and characters, but it also reflects our cultures and world history in a potent way that is completely unique from what previous authors have done. In this book, you will find a system of "magic" with fantastically detailed rules that follow the science of this created world brilliantly; you will find races and creatures that in no way resemble the typical elves, giants, trolls etc; you will find a world with a 10000+ year history. Yet with all this, the content never seems overwhelming and the pace of the story never drags. The cool and original world and characters isn't what makes this book though. What truly sets it apart are the deep and intense social structures. The classic idea of heroes and monsters is turned on its head, and eventually you learn that the characters you follow are considered monstrous villains by other characters. There are some very clear analogies to our world, but it goes far beyond just the analogy to tell a powerful and exciting story. If this book were half as good as it is, I'd have given it 5-stars.
Date published: 2018-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great transition from Teen to Adult section! I loved this book! This was my first book from the Adult fiction section that I have fallen in love with. If you are a fan of teen fantasy novels, this is the book for you! It's written so well, it grabs you and you don't want to put it down until the end! I will admit, it takes a few chapters to fully understand the different terms in this world, but once you get that, it's great!
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing... Just Amazing. This book was fantastic. Truly fantasy at its best. As cliche as it is to say, this book completely blew me away. You won't be disappointed by this or the rest of the trilogy.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I...I think I liked this book. Huh...I think...I'm not totally sure but I think I liked the book. Did not understand the majority of the entire thing but the world and magic were cool. I definitely want to read the sequels and I'm pretty curious about the adaptation now. ...still not sure if I liked it or not though...not sure if me being sick has messed with my brain or not...
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Very well written but cvould have been ore descriptive of each of the instances that were felt.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Excellent Book! This was was the first book I've read by this author and it was really great! I enjoyed that the main character was female and that all of the characters are so diverse in gender and sexuality. The story draws you in quickly and it's told in such a unique fashion. It really is a page turner.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read Not my usual genre but a fantastic read nevertheless.
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I don't even like Fantasy and I loved this book I chose to read "The Fifth Season" as part of the 2017 Read Harder Challenge. I don't usually read Fantasy and, truth be told, I don't even know the difference between it and SciFi. But genre doesn't matter when a book is this good. Beautiful, complex, surprising characters. A story that had me completely engrossed. N.K. Jemisin is the real deal.
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An important voice in fantasy, Jemisin doesn't disappoint I'm excited that this book has been picked up for a tv adaptation, because I hope it will drive more readers to Jemisin's work. The Fifth Season is simply astonishing. The fantastic elements of the story are grounded in strong worldbuilding and character work. I was deeply invested within the first chapter. This book asks you to consider heroism and villainy, and to make determinations in context, always. I came away from the series different than when I began it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent read This is an excellent book. Loved the writing, the story, the characters. It pulls you in right at the beginning. A little hard to follow with jumps in time and points of view but once you get over that it's awesome. It's book 1 of a series and I'm so excited to read the rest!!
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GIVE ME MORE She is the best thing that ever happened to fantasy. Enough said.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and Devastating Nothing to see here. Jemisin's book is all you should be reading right now. I could find fault in it, but it doesn't matter.
Date published: 2017-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect fantasy This was an excellent book. The way that Jemisin was able to bring the different plotlines together was masterful. I'll forgive the one training school chapter (which I didn't think added much to the narrative) because it was short lived. I felt the structure of the novel (different POVs and tenses) really drove the pace. And I was relieved that the 2nd person chapters weren't jarring since its such a rare mechanic used in books. I can't wait to read the second book. It was in poor taste that Jemisin ended the novel on such a high point. I thought the worldbuilding in this book was top notch. The idea to base the world around geology was really unique. Its clear that Jemisin did a lot of research to get all of the geology correct. And it was great to see how integral that it was on the other aspects of life in the Stillness. I have a lot of friends who geologists, and I'm going to recommend them this book. I think they would be intrigued by both the science and the story.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start Great start to a new series. We'll be sure to pick up the next one
Date published: 2016-12-04

Editorial Reviews

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