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The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, 2) (edition 2016)

by N. K. Jemisin (Author)

Series: The Broken Earth (2)

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The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.… (more)
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Title:The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, 2)
Authors:N. K. Jemisin (Author)
Info:Orbit (2016), Edition: Reprint, 448 pages
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Essun and her young daughter Nassun alternative the narrative of their separate but somewhat parallel lives of coming into their powers in the continuing story in this second book of the Broken Earth trilogy. ( )
  deslivres5 | Dec 21, 2021 |
really fantastic ( )
  austinburns | Dec 16, 2021 |
En skikkelig spennende serie og i denne installasjonen fikk vi mer informasjon om de tingene jeg undret over fra første bok, om Guardians og Stone Eaters. Det er fremdeles mange mysterier som må besvares før serien er over, men dette er absolutt en solid bok og verdt å lese.

Les hele anmeldelsen her: https://annettesbokblogg.wordpress.com/2021/02/10/nk-jemisin-the-obelisk-gate/ ( )
  fantasyaddict | Nov 28, 2021 |
I adore this series. It's terribly dark, beautifully cruel, but absolutely fantastic. ( )
  jamestomasino | Sep 11, 2021 |
Book 2 in the Broken Earth trilogy. The first book's big reveal was that all three stories were about the same person at different times in her life, and now we follow the woman most recently named Essun as she navigates her new home in Castrima, joined by a dying Alabaster; he is trying to teach her to use the mysterious and ancient obelisks in a project to return the moon to its orbit around the planet after it was mistakenly ejected eons ago, causing the planet to essentially go to war with the population through its endless seismic activity. It's still a bit unclear to me, but it seems that the planet is itself sentient.

The story also follows Essun's daughter Nassun, taken to the Antarctic by her father, where she is found by none other than Schaffa, Essun's Guardian from the first book. We learn some more tantalizing facts about the Guardians in the course of this, as Nassun develops into an extremely powerful Orogene herself. She is also connected to the obelisks, and one wonders if we're headed for a mother-daughter showdown. Schafa's motives are still unclear, as he seems to have been compromised somehow by the planet.

Finally, the role of the Stoneaters in all this is becoming a bit more clear- Hoa is playing an important part, which becomes a bit more clear as the novel progresses.

Jemisin's writing is beautiful but opaque, and it can be difficult to understand what's happening. The discovering is a pleasure when successful, but sometimes I want to just understand better. The body count in this series is pretty staggering- basically the whole planet is becoming uninhabitable. Alabaster's destruction of the equatorial region would have killed millions of people, and both Essun and Nassun are killing machines as they gain power. The central apparent plot, therefore, doesn't fully make sense to me- Alabaster is destroying the world so that the rift he creates can be used to power the obelisks to recapture the moon and end the seasons, which sounds great except practically everyone on the planet will perish. But perhaps I don't understand something of the plot.

Anyway, I can't wait for book 3, next on my reading list. The world is fascinating- I've previously read Jemisin's Dreamblood and Inheritance series, and so this is the third separate world she has created- each wildly different and wildly inventive. ( )
  DanTarlin | Aug 28, 2021 |
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The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun -- once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger -- has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

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The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

Essun — once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger — has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.
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