Hello, my name is Tabitha from Behind the Pages and I’m here to bring you my guest review of The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin, book two in The Broken Earth Trilogy! If you do not like dark fantasy books, steer clear of this one.

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin - Book Review
The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

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Guest Review of The Obelisk Gate

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The season sets its jagged teeth into the land. Civilization has become nothing more than a ruin. The comm and the commless band together to survive. Bandits loot and kill, animals once peaceful become hungry beasts and the land dies. Essun continues to work among her new community, trying to keep the peace between orogenes and humans. But a history of hatred and racism lies rooted in their hearts. A guardian awakens and fights against the orders he was forced to condone. And a child learns how quickly love can become twisted and cruel.

The Obelisk Gate continues to follow three separate characters, though two of these perspectives are different from the first book. The balance is not as precise in this second novel. Essun does dominate most of the story. But this didn’t take away from my enjoyment, because the other two characters accented Essun’s discoveries.

The Obelisk Gate enthralls readers with its dark and emotional tones. N. K. Jemisin is a master at world-building. She peels back the layers of history with each chapter propelling readers forward with a thirst for knowledge and understanding. As the pieces begin to fall into place, you’ll find yourself immersed in the broken world that may just yet have a chance at survival. But it will take those subjected to centuries of discrimination and bigotry to rise up and fight. Nothing is ever as it seems, and some of the revelations in this second book will be jaw dropping.

N. K. Jemisin also continues the reveal of who the stone eaters are and how they came to be. While this is a minor subplot to the story, the stone eaters fascinate me. Since book one, Hoa’s been such a presence within the story. When he isn’t by Essun’s side, you can feel the weight of him not being there and how it affects Essun’s character. And the stone eaters are written in a way that doesn’t require much dialogue. Their body language and reactions to certain situations are so artfully written.

I need more of this world. This is by far my favorite fantasy series of 2021.

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