The Obelisk Gate

The Broken Earth #2

N.K. Jemisin

fiction fantasy science fiction
adventurous dark medium-paced

410 pages | first published 2016

This is the way the world ends... for the last time.

The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a mission: to train his successor, Essun, and thus seal the fate of the Stillness forever.

It continues with a lost daughter, found by the enemy.

It continues with the obelisks, and an ancient mystery converging on answers at last.

The Stillness is the wall which stands against the flow of tradition, the spark of hope long buried under the thickening ashfall. And it will not be broken.

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adventurous 81%
dark 75%
emotional 50%
mysterious 47%
challenging 46%
tense 45%
reflective 16%
sad 15%
hopeful 4%
inspiring 3%
funny 1%


medium 71%
slow 19%
fast 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 6% | No: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 47% | Yes: 44% | No: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 98% | It's complicated: 1% | No: 0%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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