The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season Cover

The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin

Orbit, Paperback, 9780316229296, 512pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

"Intricate and extraordinary." - "New York Times "on" The Fifth Season "(A "New York Times" Notable Book of 2015)
The start of a new fantasy trilogy by Hugo, Nebula & World Fantasy Award nominated author N.K. Jemisin.
A season of endings has begun.
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.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:
The Inheritance Trilogy
"The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"
"The Broken Kingdoms"
"The Kingdom of Gods"
"The Inheritance Trilogy "(omnibus edition)
"Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych" (e-only short fiction)
"The Awakened Kingdom "(e-only novella)
Dreamblood Duology
"The Killing Moon"
"The Shadowed Sun"
"The Broken Earth"The Fifth Season""The Obelisk Gate.

About the Author
N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author whose short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for the Hugo, the World Fantasy Award, and the Nebula, shortlisted for the Crawford and the Tiptree, and have won the Locus Award. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the "New York Times, "and her novel "The Fifth Season" was a "New York Times" Notable Book of 2015. Her website is

Praise For The Fifth Season

"[It] shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose" -
-Library Journal (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

"Jemisin proves yet again that she is one of the important new writers in the sff scene." -
-Kate Elliott, author of Cold Fire, on The Killing Moon

"[A] gripping series well as a rousing political and supernatural adventure."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Killing Moon

This is a book that readers won't be able to put down...A magnificent novel and one of the best books this reviewer has read this year."
-RT Book Reviews on The Inheritance trilogy

"N.K. Jemisin has written a fascinating epic fantasy where the stakes are not just the fate of kingdoms but of the world and the universe." on The Inheritance trilogy

"The very best kind of sequel: as lush and evocative and true as the first, with all the same sense of mystery, giving us the world and characters we already love, and yet with a new story and a wonderfully new perspective on the whole dazzling world and pantheon the author has built."
-Naomi Novik on The Inheritance trilogy

"Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start...a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Inheritance trilogy

"A compelling page-turner."
-The Onion A.V. Club on The Inheritance trilogy