The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky

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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
Characteristics: 445 pages : map ; 21 cm

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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. :)

KateHillier Nov 21, 2017

The only ending that makes sense but still manages to take you by surprise and not totally destroy you in every way. This series was fantastic and this was a perfect send off for it. I am very close to picking up the Fifth Season and starting again!

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JLMason
Oct 05, 2017

This completion of the Stone Earth trilogy builds to the expected showdown between mother and daughter to determine the future of the volcanically riven Earth and the last of humanity clinging to life on its surface. The backstory of how the Earth got to this state is revealed. We learn that humanity’s arrogance and greed, supported by superior technology, led it to believe that it could harness the essence of a living planet for its benefit without consequences. We learn who the narrator is for the second person telling of Essun’s tale, how the Earth became tectonically unstable, what happened to the moon, who Hoa is, and how stone eaters came to be. The powerful emotions of anger, pain, and love that infuse the relationships in the book originate from the author’s own mother/daughter issues, which she tells us about in the Acknowledgements at the end. Some trilogies weaken as they progress. The final book in this series is the strongest in a trilogy that as a whole is an awesome work of creativity, imagination, skillful story telling, and fine writing.

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SCOTTDBELL
Sep 25, 2017

Best ending to a fantasy trilogy since Return of the King

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