Book Reviews

Book Review: The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin (2018).

On the Cover

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS . . . FOR THE LAST TIME.

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.

Review:

What a fantastic book! I now realise what the hype is all about with this series. The Fifth Season authored by N. K. Jemisin is an amazing fantasy adventure of an incredible degree. The author has delivered a truly magnificent story of a world where one’s curse is a power to destroy as well as to heal which is a legacy passed on from a parent. You are born a Still, or your not…

I have thoroughly enjoyed every page turning word of this novel. The well developed setting is a complete and glorious world filled with its own history of calamities and sorrow, mixed with drinks and drapes of joy and happiness. A world like our own but so different. It’s an amazing creation and readers can easily find themselves lost.

Throughout the novel we follow the three main female leads – Damaya, Syenite, and Essun. All of which carry with them powers of an Orogene. I was absolutely fascinated by each one’s story, captivated to the point which it was quite a shock to learn the twist and how this changes view points within the storyline. Each character fights for their life and place of existence, sometimes more than once.

The only thing I found disconcerting is the way in which the novel is written. The style of storytelling by this author is quite unique and I found it difficult at first to get into some kind of rhythm. However, it doesn’t take long before I realise it becomes a fantastic way to visualise the character in first person and really highlights the saga of this book. I do think the story would quite the same written in any other prose.

Overall I believe this book is another great classic that I have discovered this year. I am eagerly anticipating the next novel to arrive for devouring! I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the fantasy fiction genre as well as those inclined toward paranormal fantasy. I give this book a rating of 9.5/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Obelisk Gate by N K Jemisin (2016).

On the Cover:

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

Essun has found shelter, but not her missing daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request only Essun can grant.

Review:

The second book of N K Jemisin series does not disappoint in any way. It delves further along the storyline of Essun and her current life in Castrima (since all characters merged into the present Damaya, Syenite, Essun!). It’s a fantastic novel filled with adventure and suspense and does not forget to indulge into what is happening to Nassun, the beloved lost daughter.

There are many ups and downs within this novel, and heartbreak is one emotion that is a constant. Losing Alabaster is only the beginning. The knowing that Nassun is alive but not know where she is would heartbreak on its own. To not know how she fairs yet know her life continues would be torture to any mother. Again the unique prose in which N. K. Jemisin writes this series has me intrigued. Even though I am sure it is through Hoa that the story is being told, I still find myself second guessing with certain key phrases, but I am sure that is for a reason which will unfold as the tale continues.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline of Essun and her fight to live and protect what she sees to most extents and purposes as – “her Comm”. And so we see her go to great lengths to ensure it remains intact. Most of what she does has never been considered let alone been allowed to transpire, and so there is a shock at the enormity and the power to which Essun wields, along with the hearty tug of emotion brought forth from someone protecting their own.

The only comment towards the negative aspect in this book would be considered more of a comment than a criticism. The scene in which Jija attacks Nassun and is eventually killed by the very powers he fears from his daughter becomes one that is hard to swallow. It isn’t a bad thing as I am sure it will somehow build character in the daughter. It just seems so tragic and hurtful to have to destroy one’s own family especially when it seems that he is all she has for the moment. But then again its not as though Essun has grown without blemishes of character and soul. The world they live in isn’t exactly soft living.

The Obelisk Gate, is one of the Epic novels in a fantastic series authored by N. K. Jemisin. I have thoroughly enjoyed this novel and genuinely excited to read the next book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the fantasy fiction genre in the young adult and older age groups. I give this book a rating of 9/10 stars.

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Book Reviews

Book Review: The Grey Bastards, by Jonathan French (2015).

Review:

Simply fantastic! The Grey Bastards presents a chance to meet some uniquely brilliant characters in a setting described In a way that quickly flourishes in the readers mind. Once into the depths of the plot, this book is a definite page turner and yet another book I found impossible to put down.

The characters I found most exciting would have to be the 3 mains of this novel. Jackal, Oats and Fetch would have to be three of the most intriguing, and amusing characters I have discovered in a while, and I enjoyed their storyline’s greatly. The stories plot was most definitely a twisting roller coaster that kept my continued interest throughout. With the three characters learning truth of past and present and all of the why’s that go with it, each page revealing some mysterious truth which made the characters struggles more and more real.

The only issue I could define would be the slow start. I’m not sure if it was my own doubts or high expectations going into this novel, or perhaps I am not singular in mind. Whatever the case, I am grateful I persevered and continued to what quickly became a great book to read.

Overall, I have to admit, this has been an humorous and addictive read and recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy fiction. I give this book a rating of 9.5 stars.

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