The Obelisk Gate, chapter 1 & 2
This starts with a chunk of exposition about the history of lorists. Nassun gives a gift of a diamond the visiting lorist. The lorist returns it to Jija. Uche sesses the diamond, Jija realises Uche is an orogene, and kills his son in a fit of rage. Nassun returns home, is shocked by the sight of Uche's body, and is comforted by Jija. They prepare to leave Tirimo.
This chapter is a continutation of the last chapter of The Fifth Season. Alabaster tries to explain to Essun/Syenite what a "moon" is, then asks if she can summon an obelisk. Apparently obelisk-summoning is needed for whatever Alabaster has planned for Essun. Essun goes to ask Ykka for permission to go topside and is roped into the comm's ruling council. Essun goes topside and summons an onyx obelisk (not any of the ones Alabaster or Essun thought it might be) then the topaz (the intended one) as an afterthought. Hoa is unsettled by a pile of ash.
- Why does Jemisin want to tell us about the history of lorists?
- What do people think of introducing the Nassun/Jija storyline in this book?
- Is Nassun a believable eight-year-old child?
- Are Jija's actions believable?
- Lerna fancies Essun. Where do you think the relationship will go?
- Ykka assembles a council of dissenting voices. What does it say about her character? Is it somewhat idealistic?
- How long do you think it will be before Ykka gets deposed? Who will do it?
- What do you think Alabaster is planning for the obelisks? What justification will there be for why Alabaster hasn't done it already by himself?
- Sweepstake time! Hoa says there are stone eaters in Castrima who are unknown to the humans. Which people are really stone eaters in disguise?