The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,170 Ratings


At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)
This is the way the world ends...for the last time.
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.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.

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 EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky


  • Somewhat disappointed

    By Markus1023
    I liked the world the author created, (not that I’d want to live in it), and unlike other reviewers I had no problems with the use of present tense or the writing style in general. I probably would have continued the series with the next book, if not for some gratuitous and in my opinion non-sensical events towards the end. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say it were things one would expect in some edgy romance novel maybe, most likely there to satisfy some teen’s fantasies, but here it added nothing to the narrative, world, or characters, which I never ended up warming up to. Personally I can’t follow the wild acclaim, and the book is definitely on the shorter side, too. I love Fantasy and have read many series, and while this started out promising - I guess it’s just not for me.
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  • masterpiece

    By nick loves rosemary
    I’ve been a scifi and fantasy fan for 45 years and only rarely do we get such a great author writing in our genre. Jemisin is up there with Frank Herbert and Ursula K. LeGuin in my book.
  • Breathtakingly complex and appropriately Heart wrenching

    By Fusbbferiuyfeuiyffb
    I was assigned this book in my English 1B class, and what started as an assignment turned me into a full blown FAN. I can say with certainty that this book took me on so many emotional ups and downs I couldn’t put it down until I was done. It makes me want to start reading the rest of the trilogy IMMEDIATELY. Thank you for this amazing story!
  • Very good

    By larry the less than symbol
    N.K Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ is a literary work of art that shows how humanity is often afraid of what it doesn’t understand, and what people will do to oppress the beings they fear.
  • Distracting Style

    By Fannomore1234
    Could not get interested due to the weird present tense writing style.
  • Outstanding in Every Way

    By wuchmee
    Just superb. Ms. Jemisin constructs a riveting opening for her "Broken Earth" trilogy. Assured in voice and world-building prowess, she lays out the Stillness in all its palpable glory and misery. Highly recommended.
  • What a Ride!

    By SDWill
    There isn’t a coaster on earth that will give you the rush, jolts, twists and inversions that Jemisin does in this novel. What a ride!
  • Show, don’t tell

    By olorinthemaiar
    Not a fan of the way she *tells* the story. The author violates this principle for the entire book.
  • 5 am

    By Crazythorn
    Yes it's that good. Best female protagonist I can remember. Most interesting storytelling format. (Wink wink) and it's supernaturally stupendous. Also its nice to read great fantasy that is for mature readers that doesn't throw it in your face. Her books aren't 700 pages long, but you still go for a ride just as long. I don't skim at all, which says a lot. ( I did recently finish book of the Malazan fallen...if you have a few months of spare tim gk for it heh)