The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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""Intricate and extraordinary." - New York Times on The Fifth Season THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season. The Broken EarthThe Fifth SeasonThe Obelisk GateThe Stone Sky For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out: The Inheritance TrilogyThe Hundred Thousand KingdomsThe Broken KingdomsThe Kingdom of Gods The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella) Dreamblood DuologyThe Killing MoonThe Shadowed Sun The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)"-- Provided by publisher.
"THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS... FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe. For Nassun, her mother's mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed. The remarkable conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316229241
0316229245
Branch Call Number: S JEMISIN, N.
Characteristics: 445 pages : map ; 21 cm.

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gwendae
Jan 24, 2020

3rd book in The Broken Earth Trilogy

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 05, 2020

The third and concluding volume of what I think is one of the very best fantasy-science fiction series ever written. Each of the volumes won the Hugo Award for Best Novel. The conclusion is exciting and satisfying, answering most of the questions we have had. The series is so intricate and surprising that there is no way to do much of a brief review without giving things away. If you like fantasy writing, this series should be Number One on your list to read.

In *The Stone Sky*, the orogene Essun and her daughter Nassun have determined they must use the obelisks to capture the moon although, under the influences of different people and different Stone Eaters, the purposes of the two women are very different. Essun and her companions are leading the people of Castrima to a place where they can better survive this terrible Fifth Season. Nassun and Schaffa are trying to get to the world’s center of power, where the obelisks can be controlled.

This is a fascinating combination of futuristic science fiction (with geology and astronomy as the “sciences”) with the magic and psychic powers of traditional epic fantasy. The characters have the deep flaws and wide variety of real people. It is a marvelously creative series.

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ChrisMcMil
May 10, 2019

Fantastic ending to the trilogy, but a word of warning to hard core science fiction fans: this final installment relies even more heavily than the first two on devices of pure fantasy and magic, the utter absurdity of which occasionally destroys any hope of suspension of disbelief (at least for anyone with a basic science education). Otherwise it’s a very engaging saga, with compelling characters, a rich backstory, plenty of moral and ethical issues to ponder, deep interpersonal conflicts to struggle with, and enough action to keep it all interesting. I just wish the author had put more effort into the believability aspects.

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

The third book in a truly excellent series. Jemisin does some amazing world building, with deep history and metaphysics that follow well, and believable characters. There's great depth here, and an awe-inspiring story.

I'll also add that I listened to the audio version, and Robin Miles as narrator is AMAZING. She uses different but consistent accents and tones for each character, making it easy to tell them apart, and greatly enhances listening to the story.

As a note (and I'll put this over in the warnings), there's a lot of child abuse in the first book. Like, a lot. Like, "I did not realize that was a trigger for me" a lot. The second book sees less, and it is mostly a mention in the third book, but it's very much present.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 26, 2019

Such an amazing trilogy. Fantasy fans: start with The Fifth Season.

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Natashastales
Dec 16, 2018

Yes, yes, yes. I would clearly rank Jemisin in the group with Tolkien, Lewis and Martin. Her storytelling is powerful and relatable. She has created a fantasy world, I can see and feel every entity in it, without being there. She never rushed the ending, like other authors. She cleared up all the questions and connected all the dots. The 1st book introduced and grabbed you, so you could begin Essun's journey, by being in her POV and her other characters POV. Only if needed. The 2nd book showed you how people dealt with pressure and stress with the coming of a killer season. And this last, 3rd book, revealed the heart of everyone and their plan to end what would have begun a new season. The perfect conclusion to a series. I took away as a theme being forgiveness and overcoming your past. Especially in regards of Nassun.

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jmart2812
Sep 24, 2018

A must read for fans of fantasy or sci-fi. It’s so good!

OPL_DavidD Sep 18, 2018

A satisfying ending to an excellent series. I love the way Jemisin is able to draw from themes, such as generational conflict and how our experiences change us, that she was able to set up in the first book. It's rare to get such a fresh take on the apocalypse.

SCL_Justin Jan 29, 2018

As a conclusion to the trilogy, The Stone Sky did everything it needed to. There was resolution that didn't seem Deus Ex Machinaed and we got to see the characters we'd grown to know deal with bigger and bigger challenges. While I enjoyed it, and am glad I read the whole trilogy, I still think the first book is the most mind-ticklingly rewarding, in its revelation of a weird and interesting world you wouldn't want to live in. This book was about finishing the story for the characters, not the world.

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cottageunderh
Jan 22, 2018

I'm a little late in reviewing this book, considering I flew through it. So. Rusting. Well. Done. It is the climatic ending to the trilogy that took my breath away. And at its core was a mother-daughter story that just captured my heart. This book is amazing and the series is amazing. And I am so glad that I read it. :)

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haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

Violence: Child abuse (less prevalent than in earlier entries in series)

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