Review: The Obelisk Gate

The Obelisk Gate
The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s hard not to continue to come up with geological metaphors for this book. It’s dense, striated, complicated, a few pockets that formed that needed shoring up, but overall a great cross section that continues to evolve.

For some reason, I didn’t finish writing this before I switched books–so I’ve got more of a genuflection than a good reflection from the moment the cover closes.

The passions seemed a bit more equalized in this book. No forced hooks or relationships that left you wondering for their inclusion. Once again we are exposed to something more..grand in scale, sometimes we learn a few flights down but we really don’t grok the wholeness. Orogenes and their “Magic”, Guardians, broken Guardians, Stoneaters–maybe the making of?, Then you’ve got this great setup for a showdown between families that is sure to be epic. I’m curious if we’ll ever know more of the past besides the shadows on the wall and the forgotten architecture as debris. I hope we continue to see it and maybe understand it.

Otherwise, we have the unraveling of the world and psychologies. Perhaps a way to break the cycle or to just damn it all. It’s been a treat and I look forward to the final piece.

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