The Fifth Season

N. K. Jemisin
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The Fifth Season


N. K. Jemisin writes epic fantasy series. The Fifth Season is the first in The Broken Earth series, the third of which is scheduled for publicatin later this year (2017). It is well written and engaging - the story of misfits with special powers battling sinister controllers, who also have powers.

There are three parallel stories, of Damaya, Syenite, and you. As it turns out, Damaya, Syenite, and you are all the same person; N. K. Jemisin just chose to tell the story with changed names and out of sequence. I can't think of coming across an author who writes in the second person: you saw..., you said..., you walked..., etc. I found it mildly annoying. The book ends having set the stage for the next one in the series. Who knows, our protagonist may have yet another name.

I wouldn't hesitate to read the next book in the series. This one was pretty good, despite its flaws.