Reading roundup 12/10/22

Hello and welcome to this week’s Reading Roundup post! Last week, I wrote about the first book in this amazing trilogy: The Broken Earth. The series is by N K Jemisin and the first book is called The Fifth Season. Well, I was so taken with this book that I simply had to move straight on to the next one…

The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin

The second book is called The Obelisk Gate. Here is the blurb:


The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring — madman, world-crusher, savior — has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.”

I am finding this series so absorbing that I find the books difficult to put down! They are definitely not easy or simple reads, indeed the plot and the concepts involved are very complicated and inventive. I do find them incredible, though!

Anyway, this was my short review on Goodreads:

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth, #2)The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am knocking off one star because of the almost unrelenting grimness of this book! Apart from that (although it is a big part), the book is an amazing feat of imagination, just like its predecessor. The story moves forward with new discoveries and revelations about the world around the protagonists and more becomes clear to the reader.

Unusually for me, I am moving straight on to the final book of the trilogy because I cannot wait to find out how the author resolves all of the different strands with her inventiveness!

View all my reviews

As you can see above, I have now moved to the final book in the series and I hope that I am able to write about it in next week’s post. This is very unusual for me as I tend to like to break my reading up a bit. These three books demand a level of concentration from me that is quite difficult for me these days. I am finding that I have to read this series in shorter chunks. That’s why I am only managing one book per week at the moment. These books need to be savoured and fully understood, in my very humble opinion! Of course, now that I have found this author, I am going to have to explore her work in more detail…

Happy Reading to you all!

Love and best wishes,



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