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

The Fifth Season

byN. K. Jemisin

Paperback | August 4, 2015

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"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 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)