The Fifth Season - N. K. Jemisin

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

  • Release Date: 2015-08-04
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,444 Ratings


At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this "intricate and extraordinary" Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution. (The New York Times)

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.

Read the first book in the critically acclaimed, three-time Hugo award-winning trilogy by NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin.


  • My brain is on fire

    By Soloman411
    No lie. The best book I’ve read in the last decade. I’m not much of a reader and I like to keep a reasonable bedtime but I’ve been up til 1 am all week reading this book!!!
  • Tough to follow

    By Ariseathletics
    I was confused most of the time reading this book and am an avid fantasy reader. The characters were difficult to connect with and not described well. The world building would have been cool if ANYTHING was described. I liked the story but it took me 50% before i understood what was happening.
  • Solid read

    By Wade Apologist
    I wasn’t overly impressed with the work for a Hugo Winner. It’s a fun book, though. The world building is good, but I would have liked more background on the different factions. The reveals are a bit cheap and predictable. The primary antagonist faction is interesting, but you don’t learn much about them throughout the course of the book. At times, the plot seems somewhat listless, but that might be a product of the narrative structure. Overall, the author has constructed an interesting world filled with relatively flat characters. I am on the fence about whether to read the sequel, but most fantasy lovers will enjoy this book.
  • The Fifth Season

    By RevBorealis
    A book that is poignantly powerful in these times of our own environmental uncertainty and loss. I cannot help but wonder, “What might humanity become?” In The Fifth Season we are given a glimpse into the depths of the human capacity for cruelty in survival, death, transformation, resilience, and hope. And all written in such a way to make us ask, “Could this, in fact, be me?”
  • Couldn’t put down

    By Keoakes
    I usually get bored with books after a couple of chapters. This book sucked me in and I couldn’t look away. My poor kids had to fend for themselves until it was over :)
  • Loved it

    By Luna8828
    I loved this book. It is so unlike anything I’ve ever read and I couldn’t put it down.
  • It’s good

    By Areleeyou
    You shouldn’t hesitate reading the piece.
  • Somewhat disappointed

    By Markus1023
    I liked the world the author created, (not that I’d want to live in it), and unlike other reviewers I had no problems with the use of present tense or the writing style in general. I probably would have continued the series with the next book, if not for some gratuitous and in my opinion non-sensical events towards the end. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say it were things one would expect in some edgy romance novel maybe, most likely there to satisfy some teen’s fantasies, but here it added nothing to the narrative, world, or characters, which I never ended up warming up to. Personally I can’t follow the wild acclaim, and the book is definitely on the shorter side, too. I love Fantasy and have read many series, and while this started out promising - I guess it’s just not for me.
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  • masterpiece

    By nick loves rosemary
    I’ve been a scifi and fantasy fan for 45 years and only rarely do we get such a great author writing in our genre. Jemisin is up there with Frank Herbert and Ursula K. LeGuin in my book.