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
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-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 launch...as 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."
-sfrevu.com 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