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.
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.