Reviews and Reception



The Fifth Season isn’t a straightforward book any more than it’s an upbeat one, but it’s stronger for that. And Jemisin maintains a gripping voice and an emotional core that not only carries the story through its complicated setting, but sets things up for even more staggering revelations to come in future installments of the series..” ― Review by Jason Heller

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“High fantasy is still dominated by worlds reimagined from European history, worlds where birthright and nobility and hero quests dominate. When people of color appear in these worlds, they’re often exoticized or demonized, or worse yet, part of some dark-skinned savage horde that white protagonists have to defeat. With The Broken Earth, Jemisin is writing back to the genre, constructing a truly multiracial world and moving the marginalized to the center of it..” ― Review by Tammy Oler

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Publisher’s Weekly:


“Jemisin’s graceful prose and gritty setting provide the perfect backdrop for this fascinating tale of determined characters fighting to save a doomed world. Readers hungry for the next installment will also find ample satisfaction in rereading this one..” ― Review by Publisher’s Weekly. 

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New York Journal of Books:


“N. K. Jemisin proves once again that she’s more than up to the task of doing new and amazing things with epic fantasy. The Fifth Season is unmistakably hers—it has the lyricism, the intricate and stunningly visual worldbuilding, the complexity of story and character that we’ve come to expect from her—but it is entirely new.” ― Review by Samantha Holloway

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