The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Fantasy
Score: 4.5
From 286 Ratings


"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


  • 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)
  • One of my favorites in a while

    By Joeskingit
    I started reading The Fifth Season because it was recommended if you liked The Name of the Wind. Wow, is all I can say. The world Jemisin has created is incredible, and I thoroughly enjoyed the geology and physics intertwined in the novel. If you're looking for a fantastic modern day fantasy novel, read this. I'll be buying the hard copy of the trilogy to put on my bookshelves.
  • Extraordinary

    By History reader 15
    Amazing imagination and skill. Strange and absolutely fantastic.
  • Breathtakingly Good

    By Esteebowie
    Beautifully written, utterly unique, this book is like nothing I've ever read. I loved it, and am immediately buying the sequel. Wow.
  • Stunning, dark and utterly brilliant

    By Arieslady52
    The Fifth Season is the 2016 Hugo Award winner. ANY award this N. K. Jemisin novel receives is deserved. Her terse and evocative prose guides you to the inescapable conclusions she wishes you to reach, with flawless timing and irresistable impact. Told from three points of view - Essun’s, Syenite’s and Damaya’s - the novel is sort of a history of Earth’s future, and so it focuses on two lessons: 1. Human history is based on disasters and conflicts. The history of a disaster is written by its survivors. The history of a conflict is written by the winners. Therefore, history and truth are not necessarily the same. 2. Discovering truth is like peeling an onion. What you get when you peel away one layer is just the next layer. This peeling process can be both long and painful. As the reader, you walk with the characters of the novel, learning and reacting just as they do. It is powerfully immediate and unforgetable. I couldn’t put it down.
  • I'm still going

    By Tkhalmara
    I've read the inheritance trilogy now fifth season. On to the Obelisk gate and every other book NKJ has written. Enjoying every word she writes and it's never the same journey when reading her work.
  • Great read, great beginning!

    By 0rgy0fmadn3ss
    Loved the entire book. Really get into worlds made up in their entirety by the author. So much description, so much love, so much hate, so much adventure! I will be reading the rest of this series when the rest of her books come out. For the record, I finished this book in one sitting. For me, it was that good. It was the perfect read when the power went out during a tropical storm that hit big island Hawaii. Definitely getting the rest of the series, definitely !
  • Incredible story! Unexpected!

    By groksmith
    Jemisin has upped her game with this book. It takes the fantasy genre into new territory. This is NOT a tale for the faint of heart, not because of sex or violence (although there is some of both) but for the gut and heart wrenching story telling. The characters, the world building, the story - all are so unexpected and unique. I can't wait for the next book. This volume alone is a tremendous achievement, if she can keep up this level and stick the landing in the next two books, this series could become, imo, one of those critical sf/fantasy classics that will be considered required reading even decades from now.