The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

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The Fifth Season
Cover of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
Author(s) N.K. Jemisin
Published August 4, 2015
Publisher Orbit
Genre(s) Fantasy
Age group Adult

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin is an adult fantasy novel, originally published on August 4, 2015. It is the first book in The Broken Earth series.

Trigger Warnings

  • Cannibalism (mentioned)
  • Child abuse
  • Child sexual abuse
  • Death (including child, graphic)
  • Discrimination
  • Genocide
  • Murder
  • Racism
  • Rape
  • Slavery
  • Violence


An asterisk (*) indicates that the author openly identifies with that identity.

  • Virtually all characters are Black, including protagonists, love interests, and primary side characters*
  • Bisexual love interest
  • Gay side character
  • Transgender side characters