The Fifth Season : The Broken Earth

  • by N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by Robin Miles
  • Series: The Broken Earth
  • 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.
A new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award-nominated author N. K. Jemisin.


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An intriguing concept and story. It wanders far and then comes back to tie up loose ends. Very well performed and beautifully -- poetically -- written. Robin Miles is one of those great narrators who becomes the book so that you don't notice her at all because she is the characters, she is the story. I will be very happy to recommend this one to everyone who likes speculative fiction and very interested to read the next episodes!

The description is a bit deceptive. It sound depressing, but it isn't, not at all. There is magic ... of a kind. Not traditional magic or traditional magicians. No elves, wizards, or other standard fantasy elements. This is the first book I've read in quite a while that has not been derivative of someone else's foundation story. A breath of fresh air after a long run of Tolkien wannabe tales.

It is set in a time outside of time. It could as easily be before now or anytime in the future. You will have to decide for yourself. The author doesn't tell you. Lots of hints, but nothing specific enough to use as evidence. I suspect more will be revealed in subsequent books.

It's also, in its own way, rather sexy. Non-traditionally sexy -- so if you are one of the "traditional family values" crowd, this is probably not for you.
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- Fantasy

Everything I hate about starting a new series

This book apparently generated lots of positive reviews, but mine is not one of them. I personally can't stand it when an author bombards the reader with a landslide of alien names and terms in an effort to generate interest in the story, and then never bothers to explain any of it. I can put up with a reasonable amount of this, but at some point in the early development of the story I expect the author to give me enough information to figure out what is going on. No such luck here. For example, it is not until 12 hours into this 15 hour book that we finally find out what "sessapinae" are. Prior to that, I didn't know whether I should be imagining the characters with tentacles sticking out of their skin, or antennae on their heads, or some other strange appendage. I still don't know exactly what a "stone eater" is, nor do I have any idea how Oragen works or how the Guardians are able to control it without being affected. Some readers might find this method of story delivery intriguing, but I just find it annoying. It makes me want to find something else to read rather than wasting any more time with this series.

The characters' personalities and life choices did nothing to endear them to me. Running off to an island and becoming a Pirate is not going to give me any sympathy for your cause. And I definitely could have done without the gay lovemaking and threesome scenes.

This book is intended to be a chronicle of how the world came to an end, but for me it just spells my relationship with the author coming to an end

The only positive things I can say are that the narrator was excellent, and the technical aspects of the writing are good, but story-weaving is where this book fell short for me.
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- Natalie Fayman "Vampyrvet"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio