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A thousand years later, Trang finally reviews a fantasy novel. Honestly, I don’t remember the last time I reviewed the fantasy genre. I seemed to be acquainted in reviewing Young Adult and Scifi but Fantasy? Not so much. I think the main reason is, the more I love the book, the harder for me it is to review it properly. That’s the reason why I’ve been postponing a lot of them. Here’s to all the fantasy book reviews to come!

“Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall; Death is the fifth, and master of all.”

The Fifth Season was one hell of a ride for me! First, I always get skeptical when a book comes with a Glossary. This one comes with a big one. However, I think after reading The Clockwork Orange, it makes me invincible to any glossary that exists in the world LOL  so compared to that novel, The Fifth Season was an easy read for me. For those who struggle during the first part of the book, DO NOT GIVE UP 😀 Tell yourself it’s just an adaptation phase. When you get the hang of it, everything comes to place and you wouldn’t want to put this book down.



The worldbuilding is the masterpiece of this book: dimensional, complex but brilliantly executed. Playing with geography artifacts and the environment issues, N.K Jemisin reinvents the Earth dilemmas in a violent flux of events.  Indeed, the central premise of this book is the apocalypse. But not your average-zombie-apocalypse. This is the end of the world every day caused by seism, tectonic movements and Mother Nature who challenged any human being who inhabits the territory.

By choosing each natural catastrophe as parts of her “Seasons”, N.K Jemisin questions the sense of oppression that guides the journey : who’s oppressed by who, who has the power control here, is there a bigger force at stake? 

A little watercolour sketch I did inspired from the book


The book is separated into 3 point-of-view (POV). I honestly thought I would hate it at first, but the transition works well on keeping me on my toes and extend the suspense. The Fifth Season along with having an amazing world-building can easily be considered a character-driven book. Each of them adds their own peculiarity, authenticity and individuality to the storyline and make me relate to their struggles and dynamics. For example, the mother-daughter relationship is big theme in the novel. Not all authors can allow their characters to be this real and attaching, conflicted and battling with their own blood.



N.K Jemisin has quite a background. Her first novel, A Thousand Kingdoms has been nominated on several awards (Nebula Award, Hugo Award and winning Locus Award for the best First Novel). In 2015, she came back with The Fifth Season, the first novel in the Broken Earth series and winning the Hugo Award 2016.
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Big thank you to Hachette Canada for giving me a free copy to review! 


I’m in Boston,Massachussets right now for my internship at Harvard 😅 I’m slower to blog hop than usual when I’m traveling, so sorry in advance !


23 responses to “The Fifth Season : Dark and Brilliant Worldbuilding”

  1. raistlin0903 Avatar

    This was one sounds really terrific. I haven’t read a fantasy novel in quite a while, even though it’s one of my favorite genres. These days I seem to read a lot of sci-fi and horror. So maybe it’s time to once again dive into a good fantasy novel. Great post! 😊


  2. Priyasha Avatar

    The book sounds terrific….
    I seriously want to read it ASAP 😍❣ great day..
    Btw all the best for your internship..


  3. shelfishforbooks Avatar

    This sounds like such an amazing book! I love fantasy novels and have read so many that a lot of the typical tropes are becoming a bit boring – but this one doesn’t sound boring in the slightest!


  4. dragonsandzombies Avatar

    I liked Jemisin’s ‘The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms’ and will give ‘The Fifth Season’ a chance as well 🙂 Everything I’ve heard so far sounds great


  5. With love, Caroline Avatar

    Oooh this book sounds really good!! 😀 Good luck for your internship! What are you doing? 🙂


  6. Bookstooge Avatar

    Have fun in Boston. Ha….


  7. Tammy Avatar

    LOVE this series! I still need to read the last book, but I hear it’s brilliant😁 Awesome review, Trang! Oh cool about your internship!! My daughter is going to school in Boston in September 😭


  8. (Danielle) Books, Vertigo and Tea Avatar

    Gah, I am so glad you loved this because I need to read it! Why have you been hiding those watercolor skills!!! 👌💖 You should be featuring your work on the blog! Seriously. And enjoy Boston and the internship!


  9. thebookwormdrinketh Avatar

    I LOVE a clockwork orange, and I agree. If you can read that, you can read ANYTHING! 😉😂


  10. Ally Writes Things Avatar

    Have fun at your internship!!!


  11. Marie Avatar

    An amazing world-building and great characters? You make this book sound so great 😀
    I hope you’ll have a great internship, Trang! ❤ ❤


  12. Nicole (Read. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.) Avatar

    Great review, Trang! I had a hard time getting into this at first but found that glossary to be super helpful and wound up really liking this too. Enjoy Boston and your internship!


  13. luxandromeda Avatar

    I haven’t read “A Hundred Thousand Kingdoms” but based on this review alone I’ve downloaded “The Fifth Season” 🙂 So far the beginning is a bit confusing, but I think it’s meant to be that way…. Congratulations on your internship!


  14. Beth (Reading Every Night) Avatar

    This sounds like a great book Trang and I’m glad you enjoyed this one too. Also great review, honestly you had me at amazing world building, I’m weak for world building in fantasy books it has to be said. 😀
    I hope your internship is going well, enjoy Boston! 🙂 ❤


  15. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions Avatar

    Great review, Trang! I haven’t read this yet but I’ve heard great things about it. I’m so glad you loved it! It really sounds like an amazing read! And Congratulations on your Internship! 🙂


  16. Norrie Avatar

    Ooh, have fun in Boston! Harvard sounds proper posh! 😃


  17. Nadine - todaysechoes Avatar

    I LOVED this book! It’s so damn good. Not enough people know about it! I’m excited to see what you think of the sequel.


  18. Aislynn d'Merricksson Avatar

    Great review! And great watercolour! It’s gorgeous.

    (Is the first GIF with the pillars from Indiana Jones/ Crystal Skull?)


  19. Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ Avatar

    Another awesome sounding read presented by an amazing reviewer and lady!💙 Another for the TBR!💜 I LOVE your #Bookstagram pic!💙


  20. ignitedmoth Avatar

    Oooh, you had me sold at “dark and brilliant worldbuilding.” 😛
    Great review, and I love your watercolor sketch you included. ❤
    Best of luck to you with your internship! How exciting. 😀


  21. lostartofreadingblog Avatar

    I have had this on my list for a while, but I have to admit it does intimidate me a bit.


  22. Anna @MyBookishDream Avatar
    Anna @MyBookishDream

    I’m so glad to see that you loved this book! 😀 I have heard so many amazing things about this book, and series in general. I seriously can’t wait to pick it up myself and read it. I have a feeling that I’m going to love it. Amazing review! 🙂


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