The Fifth Season

The Fifth Season

by

N. K. Jemisin

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Antimony Character Analysis

Antimony is a stone eater who appears as a woman with pale skin and black and dark-red hair and eyes. She is especially attached to Alabaster, occasionally visiting him for several years before saving him and Syenite from the destruction at Allia by bringing them to Meov. When Meov is being attacked by the Guardians, she drags Alabaster into the earth against his will, presumably to save his life once more. Antimony is present as Alabaster destroys Yumenes and also when Essun finally reunites with him at Castrima—but she has seemingly been eating Alabaster’s limbs as they slowly turn into stone.
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Antimony Character Timeline in The Fifth Season

The timeline below shows where the character Antimony appears in The Fifth Season. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16: Syen in the hidden land
History, Storytelling, and Knowledge Theme Icon
...Alabaster tells Syen that the stone eater doesn’t have a name, but he calls her Antimony, which she has agreed to answer to. She has now disappeared, but Alabaster says that... (full context)
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
History, Storytelling, and Knowledge Theme Icon
Alabaster says that the stone eaters can move through rock as if it were air—Antimony is back in the earth right now—and that this is also how she must have... (full context)
Chapter 22: Syenite, fractured
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Freedom Theme Icon
Power and Control Theme Icon
...and legs are being drawn down into the earth. Syenite realizes that the stone eater Antimony must be dragging him down. (full context)
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Freedom Theme Icon
...into a node maintainer. Now sobbing and cursing, Syenite promises him, and then she sees Antimony’s hand emerge from the ground and gently pull Alabaster down until he has entirely disappeared.... (full context)
Chapter 23: you’re all you need
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Identity and Naming Theme Icon
...warns Lerna to stay back, and she enters alone. First, she sees the stone eater Antimony, who looks exactly the same as she did when Essun saw her 12 years before.... (full context)
Disaster, Violence, and Survival Theme Icon
Identity and Naming Theme Icon
...the stone eater bared their diamond teeth at each other, and she looks over at Antimony, realizing now what kind of stone the “stone eaters” like to eat. (full context)