THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS. FOR THE LAST TIME.
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.
"Fifth Season: An extended winter – lasting at least six months per Imperial designation – triggered by Seismic activity or other large-scale environmental alteration."
"Orogeny: The ability to manipulate thermal, kinetic, and related forms of energy to address seismic events."
"So she curls the fingers of one hand into a fist, and sears down its throat with her awareness, not burning but cooling, turning its own fury back on it to seal every breach. She forces the growing magma chamber back, back, down, down – and as she does so, she deliberately drags together the strata in overlapping patterns so that each will press down on the one below it and keep the magma down, at least until it finds another, slower way to wend its way to the surface. It’s a delicate sort of operation, for all that it involves millions of tons of rock and the sorts of pressures that force diamonds into existence. But Syenite is a child of the Fulcrum and the Fulcrum has trained her well."
The book did something that no other books that I read ever managed to do. We are hearing about the stories of three women and one is written from second person POV. HATE it, but I could tolerate it in this one - maybe because it is well done PO. It does not start with "You" in every sentence, half of it still written third person present - weird, but you have to read it to understand.
It is well executed, has couple of twists which I did not quite predicted and first book in the trilogy.
Too bad, I did not like the main characters. At all.
This is a first book in the trilogy.