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The Fifth Season (Broken Earth #1) (Paperback)

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An astonishingly rich example of world building, N.K. Jemisin has created an experience replete with a history, an aesthetic, and a cast of characters both tortured and noble and sympathetic. It is easy to believe this is about some ancient Earth. it is just as easy to believe this is the Earth of some far future, where the history that concerns us has been long forgotten. And yet the familiarity of concern, of tragedy, of aspiration crosses all gulfs and draws the reader in with its inexorable truths.

— From Mark

Fantasy isn't always a genre known for innovative or startling narratives. NK Jemisin has changed all of that. Her world-building is complex and intriguing. Her storytelling is gifted, elegant and her books only benefit from re-reading. She is, in fact, re-inventing the wheel, and I am here for it. The Fifth Season chronicles the beginning of the end, of an end, on a world that is in constant physical motion. Orogenes, people who can control the earth's shakes, are hunted, kept and used to keep the land as settled as possible. Essun, an orogene, has been living in hiding for ten years with her husband and two children. Her husband has no idea what she is. And then everything changes. Do not sleep on this trilogy. Do not sleep on NK Jemisin. She is changing everything. -Jonesey's August Staff Pick, 2016

— From Jonesey's Reading List


"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 EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk Gate

About the Author

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 Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at

Praise For…

"[It] shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose" -
-Library Journal (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

"Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene." -
-Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon

"[A] gripping series well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

This is a book that readers won't be able to put down...A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year."
-RT Book Reviews on The Inheritance trilogy

"N.K. Jemisin has written a fascinating epic fantasy where the stakes are not just the fate of kingdoms but of the world and the universe." on The Inheritance trilogy

"The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built."
-Naomi Novik on The Inheritance trilogy

"Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start...a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Inheritance trilogy

"A compelling page-turner."
-The Onion A.V. Club on The Inheritance trilogy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316229296
ISBN-10: 0316229296
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: August 4th, 2015
Pages: 512
Language: English
Series: Broken Earth