The Fifth Season

By N. K. Jemisin (Trade Paperback, 2015)
THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


The first novel in a new series by award winning author N. K. Jemisin where a mother struggles to find her daughter in a post-apocalpytic world.
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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316229296

    • On Sale Date: 08/04/2015

    • Publisher: Orbit

    • Imprint: Orbit

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THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.

Three terrible things happen in a single day.

Essun, masquerading as an ordinary schoolteacher in a quiet small town, comes home to find that her husband has brutally murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. Mighty Sanze, the empire whose innovations have been civilization's bedrock for a thousand years, collapses as its greatest city is destroyed by a madman's vengeance. And worst of all, across the heartland of the world's sole continent, a great red rift has been been torn which spews ash enough to darken the sky for years. Or centuries.

But this is the Stillness, a land long familiar with struggle, and where orogenes -- those who wield the power of the earth as a weapon -- are feared far more than the long cold night. Essun has remembered herself, and she will have her daughter back.

She does not care if the world falls apart around her. Essun will break it herself, if she must, to save her daughter.


The first novel in a new series by award winning author N. K. Jemisin where a mother struggles to find her daughter in a post-apocalpytic world.

N.K. Jemisin is a career counselor, political blogger, and would-be gourmand living in New York City. She's been writing since the age of 10, although her early works will never see the light of day.
  • "[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 launch...as 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."  (sfrevu.com 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 ).

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The Fifth Season
  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Price: $16.00 US/$18.00 CAN
  • Pages: 500
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316229296
  • On Sale Date: 08/04/2015
The Fifth Season