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The Obelisk Gate

by N.K.Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

The Obelisk Gate was, I’m very sorry to say, a sad disappointment to me. Especially after the brilliance of the first in the trilogy The Fifth Season. This felt to me like about a quarter of a book’s worth of plot, stretched out across a whole book, because it’s a trilogy and so, y’know, it needs three books. The plot did advance – in particular with Nessun, the young daughter we were chasing after in the first book – but not as far as one would’ve hoped. And the same style was there, with the main character being written about in the second person, by a mysterious voice. But it didn’t really add anything substantial to the amazing world that was created in book one, nor were there any particular plot twists to delight the reader.

Quite upset about this all, I have to say. I’m not sure I’ll be able to persuade myself to read the last one, in case that, too, is disappointing.

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