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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 th 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.


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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 th 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.

30 review for The Stone Sky

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    (4.5?) Way to start the year on a good note! Great end to this series, the pace was better than book two. A fascinating magic system and world building that I will now recommend to fantasy lovers!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by Hachette in exchange for an honest review. 1.) The Fifth Season ★★★★★ 2.) The Obelisk Gate ★★★★ “Some worlds are built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don't lament when those worlds fall. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place.” You guys, I’m speechless. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read as perfect of a conclusion as The Stone Sky. The Stone Sky easily makes my best of 2017 list, and is also without a doubt one of the most powerful masterpieces I ARC provided by Hachette in exchange for an honest review. 1.) The Fifth Season ★★★★★ 2.) The Obelisk Gate ★★★★ “Some worlds are built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don't lament when those worlds fall. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place.” You guys, I’m speechless. I’m not sure if I’ve ever read as perfect of a conclusion as The Stone Sky. The Stone Sky easily makes my best of 2017 list, and is also without a doubt one of the most powerful masterpieces I’ve ever read in my entire life. I will cherish this book series until the end of my days, while also trying to convince every single living soul to give this series a shot. Please give The Fifth Season a shot. It is worth more than every ounce of hype and praise it has received. I recommend this series to any and everyone I know. Not just SFF lovers, hell, not even just book lovers; I recommend this to every human being. And I dare you to finish this series, turn that last page, and not feel the urge to change this ugly world we live in today. This series is a SFF dystopian, where earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other terrible things impacting the earth are constantly happening, but orogenes are able to manipulate the earth to ease them. Even though orogenes are continually saving the world they are constantly oppressed slaves. This world has convinced everyone that orogenes are dangerous and need to be controlled at all costs. Everyone in the Stillness is trying to survive the world's unforgiving environment. This planet is beyond unstable, because of Fifth Seasons. Two years have passed since The Fifth Season and in this concluding book our main characters are looking for a way to stop the Seasons once and for all. “They’re afraid because we exist, she says, There’s nothing we did to provoke their fear, other than exist. There’s nothing we can do to earn their approval, except stop existing—so we can either die like they want, or laugh at their cowardice and go on with our lives.” The greatest thing about this series is that it seamlessly mirrors the world we live in today. This book will make you think about your internalized racism and the prejudices that you hold without even realizing it. I mean, look at what is going on in the United States right now. Look at how we are allowing actual Nazis free hate speech. Look who we elected, because people’s hearts were filled with so much hate. Look how we are trying to protect confederate statues, while allowing our government to bulldoze native sites for pipelines. Hate is a powerful force, and white supremacy is real. Charlottesville is happening all over our world, and we don’t need orogeny to stop it, either. “But for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress.” I wrote in my review for The Obelisk Gate that the heart of this novel is oppression, but the soul of this novel is motherhood, and I stand by this assessment even more so. Again, I’m not a mother, but the underlying theme of parenthood and the indescribable love between a mother and child is something so pure and beautiful. I can’t even begin to describe the feelings and emotions this book was able to evoke from me. The constant messages and reminders of the importance of found families is also something that I appreciate with every bone in my body. I don’t want to keep using the word beautiful, but these messages that N.K. Jemisin has created are nothing short of the word beautiful. Blood is just that, blood, but choosing to spend your days with people who unconditionally love and support you is the true meaning of family. Just thinking of the people who have followed Essun throughout her journey makes me weep from equal parts of joy and sadness. I loved seeing people love the broken parts of Essun, seeing her friends love the strong woman she always was all along, seeing her family choose to follow her to the end of the Earth. “…if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” And seeing the choices that Nassun made all by herself from both places of hurt and love just broke my heart. The choices we all make from being hurt or being loved is a discussion I could write pages and pages on. The feelings and emotions in this book are so very complex and the narrative only makes you feel everything intensified. Right now, as I’m writing this review, I’m equal parts heartbreak and hope. “It’s just that love and hate aren’t mutually exclusive” And the representation in this book is the best I’ve ever read in all my years. First off, this book is unapologetically and beautifully black. Next, N.K. Jemisin writes about systematic oppression expertly. Then, she also seamlessly writes in LGBT+ representation effortlessly. This book has the best written trans side character I’ve ever read about. I’ve said it before, and I’ll scream it from the rooftops again: every author should strive to write representation like N.K. Jemisin. The writing is also exquisite. The prose is a tier above the rest. The narrative in unique and heartfelt. The world building is nothing short of perfection. The themes are relevant, important, and inspiring. The acknowledgments broke my heart. This series is truly a masterpiece. This is one of the best stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. No amount of words I can write here is going to do it justice, so I can only ask, or beg, you to pick it up and see for yourself. Thank you, N.K. Jemisin, for this masterpiece. I will never stop moving forward, and I will never stop fighting for a better world. “We could’ve all been safe and comfortable together, surviving together, but they didn’t want that. Now nobody gets to be safe. Maybe that’s what it will take for them to finally realize things have to change.” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Buddy Read with Mary & Petrik ❤

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    Now THAT is how you do a finale...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Petrik

    Buddy read with my favorite Orogenes: Melanie & Mary Jemisin has truly outdone herself with this book and trilogy. The Stone Sky, contrary to my expectation, has somehow become one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I’ve ever read, it’s simply extraordinary. My experience reading this trilogy can be summed up as if I’m on a see-saw. I loved the first book, dislike and disappointed with the second book, and then this one, I absolutely loved it. I was never bored with it and loved every single mom Buddy read with my favorite Orogenes: Melanie & Mary Jemisin has truly outdone herself with this book and trilogy. The Stone Sky, contrary to my expectation, has somehow become one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I’ve ever read, it’s simply extraordinary. My experience reading this trilogy can be summed up as if I’m on a see-saw. I loved the first book, dislike and disappointed with the second book, and then this one, I absolutely loved it. I was never bored with it and loved every single moment reading this book. I’ll be honest here, somewhere around the middle of this book, I thought to myself “Hmm okay this is great but it seems like Jemisin can’t surpass what she did in The Fifth Season” , I couldn’t be more wrong. If I was to judge this trilogy only from the first book, I would never have thought that the scope of the story will ever become this gigantic. I mean, the story spanned for thousands of years, and I love how it reminds us that the past will always influence the future, but it doesn’t mean we have to live and be stuck in it. “How can we prepare for the future if we won’t acknowledge the past?” Every question you have on the story so far will be answered here, what the Obelisk Gate truly is, the origin of Orogene, how the Shattering occurred, what caused the endless Fifth Season, everything and I mean literally everything from the first book is a preparation for the last five chapters of this book, which was full of revelations and imbued with emotionally thrilling climax sequences. It was without a doubt groundbreakingly marvelous. I have to also note that the world-building and prose in this installment are insanely good. Anybody who’s a fan of great world-building will definitely love this book and overall trilogy. However, the best part about The Stone Sky imo is its stellar character developments and interactions. As Jemisin said, the main theme of the trilogy is not about the post-apocalyptic world, the science, nope, they’re all great but the main theme at its core is about love and motherhood. “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” I can't stress this highly enough, this trilogy contains one of the finest storytelling on the topic of motherhood and parenthood in a sci-fi fantasy story I’ve ever read, probably ever. It tells us once again just how important love is, not even in a romance kind of way but just loves, towards your friends, family, and even strangers. Because this book is wonderful in its way of telling us how not only someone blood related, but a stranger could also become someone you can consider family within a short period of time. “She has seen him fight his own brutal nature, and the Earth itself, in order to be the parent she needs. He has helped her learn to love herself for what she is.” I haven’t read any of Jemisin’s other series but I highly doubt that she ever wrote something as great as this installment. I don’t even know how she’ll be able to surpass this particular book in the future. The Stone Sky is truly a stunning conclusion to a trilogy, I didn’t expect to love this one as much as I do, but this is definitely going on my 'favorites' shelf. It’s beautiful, poignant, and most of all, emotionally impactful. This is due to the reason that Jemisin faced truly hard moments during the time of publishing this book, specifically on her mother’s passing. You can read it in detail in the acknowledgment section, and you MUST do so. I legit almost cried reading the acknowledgment, I’m closing this review with a small section from it, and what I'm sure Jemisin is trying to convey to us all on what 'The Stone Sky' means to her and her readers. Even with my personal dislike about the second book, The Broken Earth trilogy is still a journey worth undertaking, Jemisin has poured all her emotions into this book and you won’t regret reading it. “I definitely haven’t been in the best place while working on this book, but I can say this much: Where there is pain in this book, it is real pain; where there is anger, it is real anger; where there is love, it is real love. You’ve been taking this journey with me, and you’re always going to get the best of what I’ve got. That’s what my mother would want.” – N. K. Jemisin Series review The Fifth Season: 4.5/5 Stars The Obelisk Gate: 2.5/5 Stars The Stone Sky: 5/5 Stars The Broken Earth trilogy: 12/15 Stars You can find this and the rest of my Adult Epic/High Fantasy & Sci-Fi reviews at BookNest

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bradley

    There's really no easy way to put this, so I'll come right out and say it. This is one of the very best stories I've ever read. All together now, all three books in this trilogy, together, make up one hell of a great story. I am amazed. I cried. I was blown away by the sheer immensity of what was going on, of the implications and the revelations and the final action. Sure, we knew that one of two things must happen by the end of the second book, but I hadn't quite realized just how invested I'd hav There's really no easy way to put this, so I'll come right out and say it. This is one of the very best stories I've ever read. All together now, all three books in this trilogy, together, make up one hell of a great story. I am amazed. I cried. I was blown away by the sheer immensity of what was going on, of the implications and the revelations and the final action. Sure, we knew that one of two things must happen by the end of the second book, but I hadn't quite realized just how invested I'd have gotten by that point. I didn't know how it would happen or what kinds of complications might arise or just how much enemies had turned into allies or who was good or bad... because that was never the point of these books. We are all people. Every single one of us... whether stone eater, rogga, or still. The fact that the point is far from belabored, rather gorgeous in exploration and execution, makes it more than icing on this cake. I'm simply shaken to my core. This is one of the best stories I've ever read. It's more than sheer imagination, storytelling skill, world-building, or fantastically complicated characters or world-shattering events. It's ART. I am 100% squealing fanboy here. I actually whooped aloud as I was reading and startled my daughter. :) THIS is why I read. This is the sheer fascination I always try to hold onto. :) THANK YOU!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    I don't know what the hell just happened! I'm going to have to re-read the whole trilogy again next year. I'm leaving this as being my mood because I enjoyed the first two books!! Damn it! Mel ❤️ I don't know what the hell just happened! I'm going to have to re-read the whole trilogy again next year. I'm leaving this as being my mood because I enjoyed the first two books!! Damn it! Mel ❤️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elle (ellexamines)

    “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” About the same quality as The Obelisk Gate, honestly, but with that STUNNING ending tacked on. I’ve talked about so much with regards to this series. Oh my god. You can always check out my reviews of The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, but I’ll give a brief summary of my thoughts. It won two Hugo awards. The characters could kill me and I’d be okay with it. The worldbuilding is i “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” About the same quality as The Obelisk Gate, honestly, but with that STUNNING ending tacked on. I’ve talked about so much with regards to this series. Oh my god. You can always check out my reviews of The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, but I’ll give a brief summary of my thoughts. It won two Hugo awards. The characters could kill me and I’d be okay with it. The worldbuilding is incredibly complex but not so convoluted as to be boring. The first book, which is still the best one, is a twisty mess and I adored it. There are reveals everywhere, about the world and the characters and the plot and so much more. The buildup and payoff dynamics are excellent. The thematic core around oppression is fucking awesome and done with an all-black and majority-queer cast. But let’s talk about this book, specifically. →complaints and errors← ✔I was really disappointed by the lack of focus on side characters. The side characters of books one and two were, in many ways, what made the series for me, and I am so fucking mad about how little we got out of them in this book. I mean, I love Hoa and Nassun, but I love all of them and you should let me live. ✔I still don’t love Essun as much as I did in book one. She’s really dislikable in several areas that I’m not good at forgiving, and it just taints a lot of her for me, and I feel sort of awful about it. ✔I think I also… didn’t understand the backstory chapters very well, when I understood them at all. This is the first book of this series that I’ve read entirely on audiobook, and though I absolutely adore Robin Miles and want you all to see what a fantastic job she does narrating these books, I don’t think this particular book is necessarily the best choice for an audiobook. →interlude: I share my opinions← In this book, we again get povs from three characters; Essun, Nassun, and a new narrator - Hoa. ➽Essun - This character is so mentally strong, so drily sarcastic, and so gorgeously developed. I have also finally noticed that she is very unlikable. I shockingly still empathize with her but I’m also mad at her and I would fight her if not for the fact that she definitely can and would kill me. And her second person still works for me. ➽Nassun - Essun’s daughter is becoming more and more of an antihero over time. I love villain arcs, and her villain arc specifically is so great; I love how she’s forced to learn to be manipulative, to play the emotions of her father and so many others. She’s also still such a fucking… teenager, and I find it really endearing and deeply sympathetic and yeah. I really like her. She’s my favorite. Give her a girlfriend and also eternal happiness. ➽Hoa - Let’s reveal some actual past to this world, finally. Via the biggest angel of an immortal deity I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about. Thematic motif: all the characters in this series are just Closet Soft Boys. [Alabaster would fight me for saying this but I don’t care.] →and now back to the good← This series has just been… a really good experience for me. In general. And I love these characters, so much, and I don’t think I could ever really hate a book containing them. So, we have a new narrator who we’ve all been desperately awaiting for a book now, and the characters - especially Nassun - have changed a lot since book two. Which is so awesome. You can really feel the development in them and the conflict within them. But you know what really made this book for me? The conflict around motherhood. I mean, since the beginning, this series has been adamant about how loving someone is not enough for them to know you love them, and drilled into our heads that Essun has not always been the best mother. But I wasn’t expecting… payoff. I was not expecting the degree to which a mother can mistreat her daughter, despite loving her, despite thinking she is doing the right thing, to become the focus. I love that it has become the focus. I can’t believe what a good job this story has done at balancing Nassun and Essun in this conflict, at seeing both their motivations and realizing that neither one is completely wrong or completely right, not really. And then… the ending. It’s just stunning. I love the writing of it - we finally see a powerplay we’ve been building up to for three books. I love the character bit of it - it is utterly gutwrenching. And I love the hope in it, and the sense that even though the world is fucked up, there is always, always hope. If you look hard enough. Blog | Goodreads | Twitter | Youtube

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~

    Oh well gee, golly, gosh, let me just to review this masterpiece, no problem, easy peasy??? The further I get into a series, the harder it is for me to review each individual book because so much of my opinion relies on understanding everything that happened in the preceding books. More than usual, I find it so difficult to express what this series has made me feel. Just saying "it was amazing" or "it was mind-blowing" starts to feel repetitive & those common compliments don't really do the n Oh well gee, golly, gosh, let me just to review this masterpiece, no problem, easy peasy??? The further I get into a series, the harder it is for me to review each individual book because so much of my opinion relies on understanding everything that happened in the preceding books. More than usual, I find it so difficult to express what this series has made me feel. Just saying "it was amazing" or "it was mind-blowing" starts to feel repetitive & those common compliments don't really do the novel justice. That is 1000% the case with The Broken Earth trilogy. This series is so complex, so full of raw emotion, & so beautifully distinct from other books of this genre. The writing here is some of the most engrossing I've ever read in my life. Jemisin is equal parts artist & scientist with her eloquent prose & meticulously organized plot points. I always say that I struggle to stay engaged with Hard Sci-Fi. I don't know if these books should be classified as Hard Sci-Fi, as they don't drone on & on in bouts of irrelevant tech speak, but they're similar in that there are so many facets to the science. But where Hard Sci-Fi often strikes me as boring, this series had me solidly engaged. It seems almost as though it's morphed together a handful sub-genres under the SFF banner & created an umbrella all its own. The scope of this story makes me feel so small; it is so full of detail & history that I feel as though I'm reading about events that have actually played out in some far away universe. Something I really appreciate in a series is reread value. I have no doubt The Broken Earth is a series that will have more to reveal upon each read through. The wrap of to this series is devastating but also wonderfully appropriate & well-crafted. I believe with this concluding novel Jemisin has truly set herself apart, not just as an author, but also as a vital contributor to the direction in which Fantasy will evolve as time goes on. I can say no more than to read this series & take the journey for yourself, but I will caution you that you must have patience. Nothing is immediately clear, and this story takes its time revealing itself to you, but I promise it is more than worth it. Honored to have read this with the wonderful, beautiful, amazing Melanie 💜 and the sweet, adorable, darling Petrik! 💜 This review and other reviews of mine can be found on Book Nest!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nick Imrie

    This book opens at the peak of edgy grimdark with this little gem: And I will tell you everything of how, later, as the quiet of death descended, I whispered: Right now. Right now. And the Earth whispered back: Burn. Which is so melodramatic that I could only imagine Hoa dressed as a teenage goth girl and I laughed out loud. The Broken Earth is hateful trilogy of hating; so it's appropriate that book 3 emphasised that the Earth was alive and conscious and really really hated humanity. Like every other This book opens at the peak of edgy grimdark with this little gem: And I will tell you everything of how, later, as the quiet of death descended, I whispered: Right now. Right now. And the Earth whispered back: Burn. Which is so melodramatic that I could only imagine Hoa dressed as a teenage goth girl and I laughed out loud. The Broken Earth is hateful trilogy of hating; so it's appropriate that book 3 emphasised that the Earth was alive and conscious and really really hated humanity. Like every other character in this book, Father Earth was petty and resentful, even going so far as to descend to the most childish of self-justifications: 'You started this!' He wanted revenge on humans because they tried to drill to the core, without stopping to think about how Earth would feel about that. Of course, humans didn't know that Earth was living and conscious, so they never gave a second though to his feelings. This was presented as a terrible failure on the part of humanity: So where they should have seen a living being; they saw only another thing to exploit. Where they should have asked, or left alone, they raped. Well, I'm sorry, but Father Earth was actually the one at fault here. Humans didn't know that Earth was conscious, but Earth knew that humans were. Why didn't he make some attempt to reach out and communicate? Instead, he just bided his time, let humans continue in their blithe ignorance, and went straight to genocide as his first move. Not cool, Earth. Not cool. The next paragraph got weird and vindictive: For some crimes there is no fitting justice – only reparation. So for every iota of life siphoned from beneath the Earth's skin, the Earth has dragged a million human remnants into its heart. Bodies rot in soil, after all – and soil sits upon tectonic plates, plates eventually subduct into the fire under the Earth's crust, which convect endlessly through the mantle... and there within itself, the Earth eats everything they were. This is only fair, it reasons – coldly, with an anger that still shudders up from the depths to crack the world's skin and touch off Season after Season. In every other human mythology it's understood that life comes from the earth and returns to earth and this is a good thing! Only in the twisted, miserable world of The Stillness is this not a natural part of the cycle, but an act of bitter revenge. It's also rather peculiar because presumably people were burying their dead long before the drilling started, which confusingly suggests that Earth was hating humanity long before they gave him a reason to – or perhaps somehow in the past he absorbed the dead but, like, not in a mean way? I don't know. Of course, Father Earth was just acting like every other character in the book. Alabaster began by tolerating the Fulcrum right up until he ripped the Earth in half. Essun kept her secrets in Tirimo until she murdered them all. Nobody in The Stillness seemed to understand the concept of attempting negotiation before waging war, attempting reform before launching revolution, attempting reconciliation rather than genocide, or ever, ever giving anyone else the benefit of the doubt. Which brings us to the Stone Eaters. It was pretty cool to discover that the stone eaters were created as a living bridge between the humans of the great civilisation of Syl Anagist and the powers of orogeny that the Sylanagistines were trying to control. They were created in the image of The Niess, a tribe of people who were objectively better at using magic than the Sylanagistines, and were subsequently destroyed and dissected by the Sylanagistines in search of the biological cause of their superiority (of course, this is The Stillness, so apparently nobody thought to ask them first, or observe. Nope, it's all genocide, all the time, here on the Stillness). So the Sylanagistines have created the Stone Eaters and actually given them the power that the Niess were only rumoured to have. Despite being their creators, the Sylanagistines were totally unaware of the real extent of the power of the Stone Eaters. This lead to an narrative of oppression that we're all familiar with from books 1 and 2. The Stone Eaters accepted their role until they were taken on a field trip of the city and learnt that the whole city was powered by the corpses of the Niess: Some of them we can see breathing, though the motion is so very slow. Many wear tattered rags for clothes, dry-rotted with years; a few are naked. Their hair and nails have not grown, and their bodies have not produced waste that we can see. Nor can they feel pain, I sense instinctively; this, at least, is a kindness. That is because the sinklines take all the magic of life from them save the bare trickle needed to keep them alive. Keeping them alive keeps them generating more. I don't mean to be unfeeling, but this is a perpetual motion machine! If you put in a bare trickle of magic and yet they put out more magic than you put in, then you have an unlimited supply of energy and there's no need to drill to the core of the earth! Problem solved! One might say that even if they Sylanagistines realised that they have an actual source of unlimited energy! it'd still wrong to use human beings as batteries. As a metaphor for slavery or imperialism, it's obvious as an anvil, but as something that we're supposed to accept as literally true within the world, it's a little hard to swallow. Hoa wondered about their scientist guide: 'It is as if he does not see what we're seeing. As if these stored, componentized lives mean nothing to him.' It is indeed exactly like that! I had to re-read it to check that the bodies were literally there and not something only visible to the Stone Eaters. Why didn't they ask him about it? Why didn't they try to get him to acknowledge the vast corpse field or justify it? Why did people never, ever speak to each other like normal human beings in this book? No instead, they accepted it silently and began to plot - what else – mass-murder of the the Sylanagistines. This is so frustrating for the reader. The Sylanagistines perpetrated some of the worst evil. And yet, in every other respect they're depicted as normal people. This is a disconnect that can only be bridged by letting them speak out and show how normal people rationalise and excuse the wrong that they do. Likewise, it's not clear how these scientists controled and punished the Stone Eaters. There are references to it like: 'I understand precisely why Kelenli has spoken in this dismissive tone, and why she hasn't bothered to say farewell before leaving. It's no more than any of us do, when we must watch or sess another of our network punished, we pretend not to care.' but without every saying what the punishments are! I can't help but feel in the end that we were never told what the punishments are so that we never got to form our own judgements. Likewise, we never heard any Sylanagistine explanation for their actions, just in case we agreed with them! Much easier not to ask and just take Hoa's word for it, staying safely in his perspective. And although we've seen enough horror to last a lifetime, what Hoa reacted to most is petty disrespect: They keep such lax security on us. […] Some of the sensors monitor our magic usage – and none of them, not one, can measure even a tenth of what we really do. I would be insulted if I had not just been shown how important it is to them that we be lesser. Lesser creatures don't need better monitoring, do they? Creations of Sylanagistine magestry cannot possibly have abilities that surpass it. Unthinkable! Ridiculous! Don't be foolish. Fine. I am insulted. And I no longer have the patience for Stahnyn's polite patronization. There is more rage about workplace patronization than there was about the field of corpses. And it's so woefully misplaced. Hoa assumed that they want him to be lesser, instead of realising that they might've genuinely believe it because he'd been making an effort to act that way: they didn't respect his power because he'd been carefully hiding it from them! And of course, it never occurred to him to gain their respect by showing his power or trying to initiate a conversation. No, he wanted a tighter prison and closer surveillance as proof of their respect! Hoa wasn't the only character with tragically misplaced priorities. Nassun, when deliberating whether to fix the world or destroy it, remembered the day when she came home to find that her father had murdered her brother. For three paragraphs she remembered in hideous detail her baby brother's broken, bleeding body. She remembered what a sweet boy he was, and how she made him laugh and she finally concluded: 'I wouldn't fix it, Schaffa. I wouldn't, I'm sorry, I don't want to fix it. I want to kill everybody that hates me!' I was genuinely shocked at this. What kind of hideous narcissist is so self-centred that she remembers a murdered child and rages that they world hates her instead of him? Or even us! She could have wept for her brother, or for orogenes everywhere, but instead she wept only for herself. Minor slips of the tongue that reveal the unpleasant nature of the characters are littered through out the book. At one point Essun gave a friend a compliment and thought: 'It's an olive branch. Or maybe just flattery. She doesn't fall for it. People don't fall for olive branches, they accept them. Only a cynic who was trying trick her friend would think of it as falling. Ok, ok, so I realise that I'm nitpicking now, but I came to find these characters so repellent that everything they said seemed to be poisonous. I felt as though this book were a world seen in a mirror that made everything beautiful seem ugly, and everything good seem sordid. It was just too bleak. Not only did I start nit-picking everything the characters said, but I loathed them so much that I diverted my attention to nitpicking the worldbuilding. After waiting for 3 books to wrap up, I can safely say that I don't quite believe the status of the orogenes in this world. They are hated and reviled everywhere, and it's revealed that this is because the Guardians, under the direction of Father Earth, have been spreading the hatred. But the orogenes have proven themselves far too useful. Castrima and Moev are the two of the more successful comms that we see in the book, and they both succeed due to the acceptance of orogenes. Book 3 is even filled with flavour-text about orogenes doing great things and saving towns. It seems like a much more stable equilibrium would be for comms to agree to harbor the orogenes and hide them from the Guardians, and in return the orogenes only use their power lawfully, if they try to hurt anyone with it then they get betrayed to the Guardians. If the stone-eaters could transport people through the earth in large numbers at vast speeds then why on Earth did the people of Castrima have to make that tedious forced march to Rennanis? Hoa could have ferried them all much faster and then they could've got on with the plot. I was holding out for the Season to be explained, but it never was. I know this is fantasy and not SF, but at the same time, I'm pretty sure that if there were a vent in the Earth the size of a continent, spewing so much detritus that it rained ash for two years, then the consequences would be a lot worse than just very ashy and a bit cold. When Mount Tambora erupted in 1815 then 1816 was known as 'The Year without Summer' or 'eighteen-hundred and froze to death'. OK, I'm becoming as petty as the characters in this book, banging on about minor discrepancies. Suffice to say that I'm glad that I read this series, although I've slated it. It had so much promise, so much inventiveness, so many moments of great writing and psychological insight, I only wish that they'd been stitched together better and that there had been somebody to like or something to alleviate the grim monotony of the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Philip

    5ish stars. This is an incredible series and a huge accomplishment for its author, N.K. Jemisin. It has every element of high quality fiction and, particularly, everything great about SFF. It's decidedly new age, but in a way that I don't doubt will stand the test of time. It's innovative in the way that Ursula K. Le Guin's work was innovative in the '60s and '70s (and continues to be influential today) and, maybe I'm foolish for saying this too soon, but I think it has the same potential to rea 5ish stars. This is an incredible series and a huge accomplishment for its author, N.K. Jemisin. It has every element of high quality fiction and, particularly, everything great about SFF. It's decidedly new age, but in a way that I don't doubt will stand the test of time. It's innovative in the way that Ursula K. Le Guin's work was innovative in the '60s and '70s (and continues to be influential today) and, maybe I'm foolish for saying this too soon, but I think it has the same potential to reach classic status. Admittedly, the first book in the series, The Fifth Season, is my favorite and I actually only rated that 4.5, but the series as a whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts. In this book specifically I found the first half to be slow, but once each of the separate storylines coalesced and the big picture came into view, the payoff was worth the journey. The ending wasn't mind-blowingly pulse-pounding but it was fitting and real and it felt right. It made me feel good. I respect Jemisin's talent immensely. Her prose is fantastic. She's not afraid to make her characters prickly, even unlikable at times and I love them all the more for it. Even the side characters who only make brief appearances are ones who I liked and would love to learn more about. The real greatness of this series is the world Jemisin has created- not only the "magic system," the blend of fantasy and sci-fi, or the diverse factions of characters, but how the nature of the world is primed to provide such deep commentary on so many grand, topical ideas. The way Jemisin addresses those ideas- duty, exploitation, love, humanity, morality, acceptance, xenophobia, motherhood, justice, mercy- is powerful and soulful and she doesn't take any easy ways out. She allows things to play out how they really do play out in human existence, not necessarily the ways we want them or expect them to in the literature we read. Congratulations to Jemisin for this achievement and congrats to me for getting to experience it! Posted in Mr. Philip's Library

  11. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    And this is how you end a trilogy. This book was quite possibly (/definitely) my most anticipated book of the year; N. K. Jemisin has yet to dissappoint me and I just love love love her brand of fantasy. I love how intricate and well thought out her worlds are and how political they are at their core while she still never ever sacrifices her story to make a point. The final installment made me appreciate the overall brilliant work she has done in creating this cruel, wonderful, amazing world eve And this is how you end a trilogy. This book was quite possibly (/definitely) my most anticipated book of the year; N. K. Jemisin has yet to dissappoint me and I just love love love her brand of fantasy. I love how intricate and well thought out her worlds are and how political they are at their core while she still never ever sacrifices her story to make a point. The final installment made me appreciate the overall brilliant work she has done in creating this cruel, wonderful, amazing world even more. This world and its social structure makes so much sense and feels so real that it made me sad. It is perfectly structured to mirror our own world in miserable ways. I adore this political core and its relevance ((view spoiler)[ and its ultimate optimism (hide spoiler)] ). I adore the originality of the stone eaters (and their creation myth in particular) and how their interactions are always just a little bit off to never let the reader forget that they are different. But even more than the world building I adore the characters. They are what makes this book a true favourite for me: Essun and Nassun are such vividly imagined, flawed, wonderful creations and I adore how their actions and reactions mirror each other while they are still separate and complete characters in their own right. I love how this, at its core, is a story of family, blood and found, about how violence breeds violence, how mistakes can be repeated, how decisions shape our lives. On thing I realized upon finishing this book is how much I appreciate how N. K. Jemisin frames her stories; I love how the framing makes sense and its originality, and here I especially adore it. The framing device used fits perfectly to the world she has created here and to the way her story unfolds. So yes, brilliant way to end a brilliant trilogy. I cannot recommend the series enough. I am in love, still. (And heartbroken.) First sentences: "Time grows short, my love. Let's end with the beginning of the world, shall we? Yes. We shall."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Always Pouting

    Finished this last night and I felt kind of unsure about it. I really enjoyed the whole series and I couldn't put the books down until I finished so the story telling was really good. Like I said through out I didn't really like any of the parts that were in second person POV and it felt less strong to have that in there, I think it only detracted from the books. Otherwise though I really enjoyed the books, though I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. I really liked the world building and th Finished this last night and I felt kind of unsure about it. I really enjoyed the whole series and I couldn't put the books down until I finished so the story telling was really good. Like I said through out I didn't really like any of the parts that were in second person POV and it felt less strong to have that in there, I think it only detracted from the books. Otherwise though I really enjoyed the books, though I'm not sure how I feel about the ending. I really liked the world building and the character development. I think the characters were all complex and multifaceted which is always a plus. I just think I always end up not enjoying endings regardless of whether or not theyre well written or built up to well. I think I only like endings that are sad and painful and this wasn't really like that. I wouldn't say it was even a bad ending per se. I don't think I liked this as much as the second book either and it did feel weaker than it. I think maybe it's something about series that I just like the books in the middle way better usually and the books at the end just feeling lacking in some way comparatively. The series was enjoyable though, would definitely recommend it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Elle

    Well here we are, at the end of maybe the most immense series I’ve ever read. These books are nothing short of extraordinary and I will repeat what I said in my previous reviews: they are a must read for sci-fi and fantasy fans. The Broken Earth series is the perfect blend of science-fiction and fantasy, with some dystopia thrown in for good measure. Since this the the final book in the trilogy, I’m not goin to put any specific book spoilers in this review, and instead talk about the series in it Well here we are, at the end of maybe the most immense series I’ve ever read. These books are nothing short of extraordinary and I will repeat what I said in my previous reviews: they are a must read for sci-fi and fantasy fans. The Broken Earth series is the perfect blend of science-fiction and fantasy, with some dystopia thrown in for good measure. Since this the the final book in the trilogy, I’m not goin to put any specific book spoilers in this review, and instead talk about the series in its entirety. At the center of these books is a story about a changing earth, which has both sharp differences and eerie similarities to our own. The Stillness, as it’s called, is subjected to a fifth season every indeterminate number of years, which unleashes cataclysmic levels of geological devastation onto the dispersed populations. People have organized themselves into Comms, as well as by castes, primarily as means of survival. Due to the unpredictable nature of these seasons, humanity’s growth outside of fulfilling basic needs has been stunted for thousands of years. Among the humans exist a divergent set of people known as orogenes, who have varying levels of power over the earth itself. If someone is discovered to be an orogene, best case scenario they are sent to a training facility known as the Fulcrum to teach them to use their powers and contribute to society. Worst case they are killed by their communities before the Fulcrum’s Guardians are able to retrieve them. “When we say that ‘the world has ended,’ remember—it is usually a lie. The planet is just fine.” The world of Ths Broken Earth series is the way it is primarily because of human actions. The books take a harsh but necessary look at climate change and the human obstacles in the way of correcting previous environmental missteps. A huge stress by N.K. Jemisin is put on the fact that the Earth does not need life in order to exist, but we—life—need to preserve the earth if we plan on surviving ourselves. But it’s the human elements of this series that are the real heart and soul of these books. Through the races of people on the page, Jemisin creates a stark comparison to how our own human history has subjugated and conquered other groups of people. Dehumanization is at the root of all of it, and is a necessary step in stripping people of their rights, livelihood and autonomy. And the generation trauma will be felt years and years beyond the initial offense, especially if left untreated and unacknowledged. History is written by the winners, and it must be thoroughly interrogated if you’re looking for anything that gives even a passing resemblance to the truth. “Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.” On a more personal level, Jemisin’s characters are filled to the brim with raw and often very painful emotions. They’re grieving and they’re despondent and they’re angry. There are moments of hope and levity, but this is a series that will make you feel things, so be prepared. So much of that hurt is rooted in love. The love of a mother to her children, the love between a child and surrogate parent. The love of a community and of humanity. Even when they all seem to let you down or fail you, that love is still present in the way you decide to keep living for them anyway. The mother/daughter relationship in particular between Nassun and Essun was so wrought and complicated it was hard for me not to start thinking about my relationship with my own mother. These books will really sink their claws into you. “I think...that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” A brief note one complaint I keep hearing—I don’t really understand the people who are bothered by part of the books being written in second person. Maybe they’re just so used to first or third that second just throws them off completely? There’s a reason these portions are told in this way, one that’s relevant to the plot. And even if it was just a rhetorical or stylistic choice, that’s the prerogative of the author, in my opinion. It just feels like a lot of backseat writing to me, and if you get anything from reading this series, it’s that every choice N.K. Jemisin makes is deliberate, considered and probably brilliant. This isn’t a quick or easy read. Some of the lore is very dense and you’re going to have to deal with unfamiliar terminology and names. But the examination of a complicated humanity, the kind of love that causes pain and what we owe one another & the world we all inhabit is totally worth that commitment for me. “Don’t be patient. Don’t ever be. This is the way a new world begins.” Me after finishing the Broken Earth trilogy, contemplating what life’s existence even means.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. *Spoilers* You know there's something wrong when a major character dies yet it leaves you unmoved. Having cruised through the preceding serials, I was underwhelmed by this conclusion. Not helping was the Info-dumping, likewise the glaring plot hole of the Onyx and Garnet Obelisk (read book one again to sess the inconsistency). Additionally, the author's attempts at bringing some social issues to the fore was heavy handed, which is a shame really since the reader already caught on to these nuances *Spoilers* You know there's something wrong when a major character dies yet it leaves you unmoved. Having cruised through the preceding serials, I was underwhelmed by this conclusion. Not helping was the Info-dumping, likewise the glaring plot hole of the Onyx and Garnet Obelisk (read book one again to sess the inconsistency). Additionally, the author's attempts at bringing some social issues to the fore was heavy handed, which is a shame really since the reader already caught on to these nuances right from the start of the series. Overall, I didn't dislike how the story ended, I just didn't love it as much as the first two.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mayim de Vries

    If you had the power to end the world, would you do it? Looking around, seeing the structural injustice, the corrupted power, contentment of the few and misery of the millions, would you just decide to erase or would you devote your life and try to fix it? Is humanity worth saving or is it beyond redemption? As we conclude our journey through the Broken Earth, this is the main question N.K. Jemisin invites us to ponder over. Would you side with Essun, who warped and broken, reborn under different If you had the power to end the world, would you do it? Looking around, seeing the structural injustice, the corrupted power, contentment of the few and misery of the millions, would you just decide to erase or would you devote your life and try to fix it? Is humanity worth saving or is it beyond redemption? As we conclude our journey through the Broken Earth, this is the main question N.K. Jemisin invites us to ponder over. Would you side with Essun, who warped and broken, reborn under different names but still with the same damaged legacy, stubbornly believes that the better world is possible? Or would you rather concur with her daughter, Nassun, that as a monster of a never-ending apocalypse, she has only one option. “Some worlds are built on a fault line of pain, held up by nightmares. Don’t lament when those worlds fall. Rage that they were built doomed in the first place.” “Burn for me, says Father Earth.” Essun is on the road with the survivors of Castrima comm and traverses the dying but still deadly, ashen landscape of Stillnes. After the destruction of geode, they need to reach Rennais in order to survive. The use of Obelisk Gate has taken its toll on her, but more importantly, if she truly wishes to save Nassun from the same fate she suffers, she needs to grapple with her Fulcrum-malformed sense of identity. Nassun leaves Found Moon behind, but as she embarks on the final journey, she also has to consider whether the sense of humanity is innate and hereditary like orogeny. Whether it can be cast away. Or cast in stone. This is the second question placed at the very fulcrum of Stone Sky - who is humanity? Who and on what grounds merit the ‘personhood’ categorisation. Is it the race? Skin colour? Or is it your genetic code that matters? When reading Stone Sky I kept thinking that we would have just aborted all the orogene babies (just like we are aborting babies with Down syndrome). Our grand civilisation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is very good at deciding who is and who isn’t worthy to be called and considered a human being. Also, excels in genocides without bodies (“But breathing doesn’t always mean living, and maybe… maybe genocide doesn’t always leave bodies.”). After all, people who live in the glass house shouldn’t throw stones. Even at the sky. “There’s nothing we did to provoke their fear, other than exist. There’s nothing we can do to earn their approval, except stop existing – so we can either die like they want, or laugh at their cowardice and go on with our lives.” One of the most poignant scenes is the conversation between Ykka, the leader of Castrima, and Essun and then later between Essun and her former fellow from Fulcrum, Maxixe. Ykka says: “Unbelievable. You think I'm pissed about the geode, don't you?” Ms Jemisin shows the two universes of perception, one geared towards survival, the other being an attempt to have life. Real life. As a prerogative of every human person (survival is for animals, isn't it?). "You didn't think about any of us while you were using those obelisks, did you? You thought about destroying your enemies. You thought about surviving - but you couldn't get beyond that.” And then Maxixe concludes: “We don’t have to be what they made us”, i.e. the monsters people imagined orogens to be. The Stone Sky can be read on many different levels: as a political manifesto, as a philosophical treaty, as a sociological study or on a psychological level as a mother-daughter story. It is also one of the greatest tales in modern fantasy/sci-fi told with an awe-inspiring boldness, it takes the genre to another level and redefines it. It spans thousands of years, encompasses different cultures, races, civilisations, and forms of existence. It is deep but it is also immediate, it is universal but touches on the very particulars of every soul. I am simply stoned by Jemisin’s talent to my very core. It is not the question whether you should read this series - it is rather the question of how soon you can do it. The answer is - the sooner, the better. I will need a couple of days to calm down. Or months. Or seasons. (might also try to eat some stones for breakfast) -- My review of The Fifth Season My review of The Obelisk Gate.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Merphy Napier

    3.5 stars I love the world building and depth of these characters, but I just didn't have a lot of interest in what was happening with the actual story after book one. I was hoping that would change with book three but unfortunately, the intrigue was just lost for me. I think this author is extremely talented and want to read more of her work though

  17. 5 out of 5

    Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller

    The Stone Sky left me shook. I had so many mixed feelings after finishing it (…in 2017. I’ll explain). On one hand, there had been a lot of buildup in the previous two books and I wasn’t totally convinced I liked the direction the story headed for about the first 75%. I was worried it wasn’t going to live up to my incredibly high expectations. And then some of the most truly profound scenes played out and I can still feel the emotional reverberation every time I think about it even years later. T The Stone Sky left me shook. I had so many mixed feelings after finishing it (…in 2017. I’ll explain). On one hand, there had been a lot of buildup in the previous two books and I wasn’t totally convinced I liked the direction the story headed for about the first 75%. I was worried it wasn’t going to live up to my incredibly high expectations. And then some of the most truly profound scenes played out and I can still feel the emotional reverberation every time I think about it even years later. This trilogy is brilliant. I held off on writing a review for two reasons: 1. When I finished it, my feed was filled with countless solid 5-star reviews and I didn’t feel strongly enough about my criticisms to become a rallying counterpoint to all of that positivity (and didn’t really want to because of how special the series had been for me overall). And 2. It left me so confused that I didn’t know how to express my slight disappointment at the direction but at the same time emphasize the 10+ star scenes that still kind of haunt me to this day. Do I dock my rating for what I didn’t like? Or keep it a solid 5 because the amazing parts were strong enough to overpower everything else? I think with time and perspective, I can finally land on 4 as a rating for this specific book with the disclaimer that the series still feels like a solid 5-stars as a whole. There are so many things I loved about it, but my favorite element by far is the basis for why parts of the books are written with different POV styles (specifically the controversial second-person present-tense passages). It’s brilliant. Or did I say that already? Ultimately, even though the story didn’t go along with any of my theories, it still shattered me. It’s also my emphatic, quintessential recommendation whenever someone mentions “unique” or “cool writing styles” or “unconventional.” It’s truly a masterpiece. My only recommendation: experience it for yourself. Via The Obsessive Bookseller at www.NikiHawkes.com Other books you might like*: *None of the recommendations really fit except for maybe Mirror Empire, so I tried to pick books that had elements that reminded me of this series. The Broken Earth Trilogy just stands too strongly on its own so far.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    Sale Alert 30Dec17 Kindle Daily Deal for $4.99 . This was one of the best series I read in 2017 and it is on sale today here If you didn’t give this series a go because it is listed as Sci-Fi, don’t let that deter you. This is probably one of the best completed Sci-Fi fantasy series I’ve read in a while. As the third book in a very strong and genuinely unique series I had a lot of expectations going into the final book. There were so many things I wanted to know and the story had been so stron Sale Alert 30Dec17 Kindle Daily Deal for $4.99 . This was one of the best series I read in 2017 and it is on sale today here If you didn’t give this series a go because it is listed as Sci-Fi, don’t let that deter you. This is probably one of the best completed Sci-Fi fantasy series I’ve read in a while. As the third book in a very strong and genuinely unique series I had a lot of expectations going into the final book. There were so many things I wanted to know and the story had been so strong that I was worried it couldn’t finish out just as strongly. I have no idea now why I was so worried because N.K. Jemisin delivered up to the very last page. “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” I’m going to give N.K. Jemisin some huge props for the way she tells this story. It is told from the perspective of three different people but it is told by a single individual. It sounds so much more complicated than it is and in the context of the story it makes perfect sense. There were certain things that I really wanted from this story. ① - I wanted to know so much more about the Stone Eaters. Who they are? How they came/come into being? Why they are fighting a war? What does the second faction want? I got answers to all of these questions any more. It was amazing to learn the history of the Stone Eaters and Hoa specifically. His story had so many true surprises and the world building around his story was really phenomenal. I’m tired, and overwhelmed, and perhaps a little angry. This day has upended my sense of self. I’ve spent my whole life knowing I was a tool, yes; not a person, but at least a symbol of power and brilliance and pride. Now I know I’m really just a symbol of paranoia and greed and hate. It’s a lot to deal with. ② - I wanted a satisfying ending. Let’s not confuse that with a perfect ending or a happily ever after ending. This is the end of the world we are talking about so I went in knowing that not everyone will make it to the other side of the book alive. I also know that there will be some painful moments that will possibly crush all of my feelings. I can handle all of those things if a story is told well and it isn’t just thrown in for shock value. I have read quite a few books lately that leave the end with an unfinished feeling to them and it really isn’t my favorite thing. For me, the ending was very satisfying. When all of the stuff happens near the end I understood all of the sides and the emotions and why the characters made the choices they made even if it was painful to watch them make those horrible choices. I loved how Essun wanted so desperately to be able to be the mother Nassun needed. I loved that Nassun found someone to love like a father since her father couldn’t find a way to love all of her. I loved how Hoa was there for Essun through her entire journey with the patience and strength of a Mountain. Hoa’s understanding of humans and the choices they make is definitely born of someone who has lived millennia. (She is such a good child, at her core. Don’t be angry with her. She can only make choices within the limited set of her experiences, and it isn’t her fault that so many of those experiences have been terrible. Marvel, instead, at how easily she loves, how thoroughly. Love enough to change the world! She learned how to love like this from somewhere.) ③ - I wanted Essun and Nassun to meet. They did and they are different people than they were the 2 years before. It was very emotional. That is all I can really say about that without spoiling something big. ④ - I wanted to know what happened to Alabaster. I had a few ideas that were totally confirmed in this. I feel good knowing more about why Antimony ate him and why Hoa is going to eat Essun. “This isn’t what you think of it,” Hoa says, and for an instant you worry that he can read your mind. More likely it’s just the fact that he’s as old as the literal hills, and he can read your face. “You see what was lost in us, but we gained, too. This is not the ugly thing it seems.” It seems like he’s going to eat your arm. You’re okay with it, but you want to understand. “What is it, then? Why …” You shake your head, unsure of even what question to ask. Maybe why doesn’t matter. Maybe you can’t understand. Maybe this isn’t meant for you. ⑤ - I wanted to know more about Father Earth. We get this too and more than I really expected. The origin story of the seasons and how the moon was lost explained so much. Once upon a time the saying was evil death and not evil earth. Oh but the new saying is fitting for so many reasons and I understood completely why Alabaster would want to be given to Antimony and never buried in the earth. So where they should have seen a living being, they saw only another thing to exploit. Where they should have asked, or left alone, they raped. For some crimes, there is no fitting justice—only reparation. There are really so many great things about this story. It was innovative and had some extremely cool ideas and cultures in it. It is a bit unique. The heroine is a woman in her forties with children and I really appreciate that as someone not in their twenties anymore. Just because you get older doesn’t mean that all the interesting stuff happens to other people. I keep forgetting to mention that most of the characters are brown and black. I’m not one to pay super close attention to all of the character descriptions but it is really strange to read a book where there are not any blond/blue eyed characters and that most of the descriptions of hair are ash blown and bottlebrush. The narrator is a character in the book and speaks in the voice of two other characters in the book if you read The Book Thief then you will have an idea of how that works. This was a truly wonderfully written series from beginning to end and I’m so glad that I didn’t know it was classified as Sci-Fi when I started or else it would have probably passed me by. I much prefer to think of this as dystopianesk fantasy since fantasy is my comfort zone. Audio Note: Robin Miles has done a fantastic job performing the entire series. It is one of my favorite audio presentations this year so far.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Wagner

    Now this is how you end a trilogy. N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy has been about so many things. But I suppose the only way to talk about how brilliantly it climaxes, without robbing you of the pleasure of experiencing it yourself, is to say simply that Jemisin not only delivers but overdelivers on reader expectations. And she does it in a way that might make you appreciate how rarely series fiction manages to satisfy so well when it comes time for the final curtain. While I don’t believe th Now this is how you end a trilogy. N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy has been about so many things. But I suppose the only way to talk about how brilliantly it climaxes, without robbing you of the pleasure of experiencing it yourself, is to say simply that Jemisin not only delivers but overdelivers on reader expectations. And she does it in a way that might make you appreciate how rarely series fiction manages to satisfy so well when it comes time for the final curtain. While I don’t believe that stories necessarily have to tie up all loose ends or answer every unanswered question to be satisfying, The Stone Sky manages to stick a very tricky and almost perfect landing, resolving the trilogy’s key conflicts, clarifying most of its mysteries, and outperforming on a level of sheer emotional and visceral punch whatever you might have been anticipating from its finale. This is the work of a writer in complete command of her craft. It’s the story of a mother and a daughter (continued)

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    1. Malazan Book of the Fallen 2. Stormlight Archives 3. Manifest Delusions 4. Long Price Quartet 5. Broken Earth Needless to say cracking my top 5 series of all-time list every book in this series was a full five stars. The top two are set in stone but the next three are all pretty close and yet so distinctly different in concept. This story hit home for me on so many levels. First it’s an epic story transitioning over 40,000 years. The back story given to us in a trickle is brilliantly dispatched 1. Malazan Book of the Fallen 2. Stormlight Archives 3. Manifest Delusions 4. Long Price Quartet 5. Broken Earth Needless to say cracking my top 5 series of all-time list every book in this series was a full five stars. The top two are set in stone but the next three are all pretty close and yet so distinctly different in concept. This story hit home for me on so many levels. First it’s an epic story transitioning over 40,000 years. The back story given to us in a trickle is brilliantly dispatched both in conceptual content and empathetic delivery. The cause and effect of humanities choices and their battle with the earth is so symbolic of some of today’s current issues. This book took on a lot of social issues. The stories of slavery both in the traditional sense and also to the capitalist ghosts in the machine as well were well delivered. Using the name Briar Patch and it’s connotations in conjunction with an almost Matrix like theme of sucking the life and magic out of people also resonated with me. The magic system was so unique and thought out but what really made it for me was you could feel the magic. That’s the difference between a fair to good story about magic and an epic one. What is the character feeling both physical and emotionally. NKJ puts you in the midst of that swirling silvery magic and you truly experience it. Simply brilliant. Last but not least what made this story epic for me and it’s the theme in all my top books/series the author had empathy bleeding out of the characters. You felt their pain. Experienced their grief. The sadness permeated from the pages. And yet you also experienced their hopes and dreams even when things were so dark they should be all but snuffed out. The climax of this book was cannot put it down, just have to get to the last page to see how this turns out reading. So many complicated story lines coming together. There were 4 big reveals during the books. Who were the different characters perspectives in relation to each other and the master narrator being the crux. All were brilliantly delivered. I figured them all out in advance but was still thrilled with how clever the breadcrumbs were leading to their discovery. This series blends GrimDark, Sci-fi and dystopian genres. If you’re a fan of any I would highly recommend it.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    In my review for The Obelisk Gate, I wrote that it felt more like the first half of a novel, so I am not surprised that The Stone Sky feels like the second half of that novel. I think I might have preferred if Jemisin had simply released these last to books as a single volume, so I didn’t feel so much like I had to wait a year to read the rest of a book. Some of The Stone Sky feels padded, and in particular the chapters that deal with the origin of the stone eaters could have been saved for a co In my review for The Obelisk Gate, I wrote that it felt more like the first half of a novel, so I am not surprised that The Stone Sky feels like the second half of that novel. I think I might have preferred if Jemisin had simply released these last to books as a single volume, so I didn’t feel so much like I had to wait a year to read the rest of a book. Some of The Stone Sky feels padded, and in particular the chapters that deal with the origin of the stone eaters could have been saved for a companion novella. Ultimately though, Essun’s journey as a broken woman in a broken world is one of the most compelling in all of fantasy literature, and the conclusion to that journey – where she makes her final stand to repair both the woman and the world – is magnificent.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” I was actually not very excited when I got into this one after the disappointment of book 2. I am usually a fast reader but I decided to slow down a bit with this one, take my time and try to enjoy it as much as I can. I was on the verge of a slump when I started this book and I was really worried that this will be the straw that breaks t This Review ✍️ Blog 📖 Twitter 🐦 Instagram 📷 “I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” I was actually not very excited when I got into this one after the disappointment of book 2. I am usually a fast reader but I decided to slow down a bit with this one, take my time and try to enjoy it as much as I can. I was on the verge of a slump when I started this book and I was really worried that this will be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. It wasn’t!! I actually enjoyed what I was reading, specially at the beginning, I tried to make sure that I understood what happened till where I stopped reading and although it enhanced my experience, I don’t think I ended up loving this series as much as I thought I would. For a series that won the Hugo award 3 times, I expected my mind to be blown but I can’t say that it was. Book 1 was excellent and it was my favorite in the series and it was hard to come up with something as great just for the lone reason of how brilliant the narrative was in that one. I think Jemisin’s writing is not easy, I really need to focus to understand what is going on. I think it is not necessarily a bad thing as I have seen many readers falling in love with the prose but I don’t think I was the biggest fan. Essun and Nassun are certainly characters that I will remember because they were so well-written! I actually thought the third POV in this book was not as good and was actually boring and confusing which impacted my enjoyment and rating of the book. I have seen reviews after finishing the series and it looks like I am not the only one who had this feeling which makes me feel less bad! “How can we prepare for the future if we won’t acknowledge the past?” The mix of fantasy/ sci-fi and dystopia is not something I was a very big fan of. I can say the magic system was cool but it was not complex and awesome as I thought it would be. I prefer hrad magic systems with rule and stuff and I thought the system here was more of a scientific rather than a fantasy one. Summary: For more than one reason, I think it is me not the books problem. I found this book well written, although challenging to read! With 2 out 3 interesting POVs and a cool magic system. The way the book and series was wrapped was not at all and that is another good thing about the series, I am finishing with a quote form the book itself: “To those who’ve survived: Breathe. That’s it. Once more. Good. You’re good. Even if you’re not, you’re alive. That is a victory.”

  23. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    A truly perfect concluding book to this excellent series. I thought all three books deserved five stars which is pretty unusual in a trilogy. Jemisin is an excellent writer. Her prose is good, her imagination is amazing and she expects a lot from her readers. No letting your mind wander while reading her books - one moment of inattention and you can miss a vital piece of information which will leave you totally confused chapters later. She also writes excellent characters who you care about and w A truly perfect concluding book to this excellent series. I thought all three books deserved five stars which is pretty unusual in a trilogy. Jemisin is an excellent writer. Her prose is good, her imagination is amazing and she expects a lot from her readers. No letting your mind wander while reading her books - one moment of inattention and you can miss a vital piece of information which will leave you totally confused chapters later. She also writes excellent characters who you care about and want to see happy and surviving. Not many achieve this but never mind! The ending is a major highlight and stays true to the whole series. The meeting between Essun and Nassun is fantastic and then the final paragraphs just left me with my head spinning. I actually went straight back to the beginning and reread the first parts to make sure I had drawn all the right conclusions. I had and it was beautiful. Loved it all and I highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a more serious, thoughtful fantasy.

  24. 5 out of 5

    TheBookSmugglers

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  25. 4 out of 5

    Markus

    A surprisingly spectacular conclusion to a surprisingly mediocre series. I was considering giving this five stars at some especially strong points. Maybe I still will, seeing as I am feeling generous. But it will take some deliberation.

  26. 4 out of 5

    TS Chan

    The Broken Earth is an extraordinary trilogy that is original, captivating and emotionally powerful. The Stone Sky going onto my favourites shelf is a reflection of the brilliance of the entire trilogy. This concluding volume is a stunning culmination of an ambitious narrative which defies convention and elevates the genre of science fiction fantasy to literary standards as far as I am concerned. Science fiction and fantasy can be such powerful allegorical narratives of the world in which we liv The Broken Earth is an extraordinary trilogy that is original, captivating and emotionally powerful. The Stone Sky going onto my favourites shelf is a reflection of the brilliance of the entire trilogy. This concluding volume is a stunning culmination of an ambitious narrative which defies convention and elevates the genre of science fiction fantasy to literary standards as far as I am concerned. Science fiction and fantasy can be such powerful allegorical narratives of the world in which we live. One simply needs to apply a bit of imagination to appreciate its literary value. Broken Earth serves as an excellent metaphor of the arrogance and cruelty of mankind as well as its treatment of our beautiful planet. The extreme prejudice and discrimination displayed by the people of this world against those different from them resulted in some truly disturbingly dark scenes. We also have the parallelisms of the hubris of humanity as technological progress and breakthroughs in science - specifically neurology, medicine and genetical engineering - bring us closer to perceived godhood. We should not forget that the planet has been in existence for billions of years before humans walked the earth and we were also far from being the first form of life. We should also not forget that should we, in our arrogance and impatience, destroy the delicate balance of the earth's environment that supports human life (resulting in what could be like the fifth season), we only serve to annihilate our species, but the planet will remain for billions of years more. The story continues with the three-part perspectives of first, second and third-person of the narrator, Essun and her daughter, Nassun, respectively. For those who still do not take too well to the second-person perspective, I would say that there is a tremendous payoff for persevering till the end. Frankly, I have only one word to describe the revelation which started to dawn on me halfway through the book - genius. The characterisation is so compelling and realistic that as much as I felt empathy for Nassun, I was also annoyed with her immaturity and childish fancies. As for Essun, what more can I say, except that her second-person POV made me live, think and feel as she did. The use of the pronoun 'You' was almost strangely really impactful and immersive for me. The Stone Sky concluded Essun's story from whence it took off in The Fifth Season as she went off in a desperate search for her daughter. Arising from this arc is a powerful story of motherhood and the extent of a mother's love for her children. Jemisin clearly poured her heart and soul into these books, and this comes out very clearly in the Acknowledgements. Please, readers, I implore that you read Jemisin's parting words at the end of the book as it is beautifully moving and the entire story of Essun and Nassun will resonate even more keenly in the depths of your emotions. Cover for Subterranean Press edition. So nuanced yet so perfectly encapsulated the story of Essun and Nassun. One of the reasons why it took me so long to write this full review was how it gave me cause to reflect on my relationship with my mother, and how much I want that to come out in this review, if at all. Being the eldest child and the only daughter, I went through my childhood pretty much as daddy's little girl. The fact that my father was a book lover (and still is one) and had been providing me with bookish treats now and then naturally made me drift closer to him, while mom was viewed to be the disciplinary figure. She is one of the loveliest and kindest persons I've ever known but had always believed in assertiveness and discipline with her children. For a while, I was more fearful of mom and always run to dad when I had cause to ask for something. As I grew older, however, I have begun to appreciate her firm hand in bringing me up into a more sensible young woman, and the sacrifices she made to ensure that we have a home to come back to. Sometime during my late teens, I realised that she was gradually letting go, probably with the belief that she had instilled in me sufficient common sense that she can trust me to start looking after myself. Around this time, I felt the shift in my relationship with my parents, and I started getting closer and closer to my mother. My growing independence brought me to another city to pursue my studies and my career, which progressed significantly enough for me to move to another country to take on a more global role. Given this, the amount of time that I can spend with my family naturally started to decline. And with the advancement of age, my mother increasingly cherished whatever time she can spend with her children, and especially me, her only daughter who is so far from home. Chinese culture back in the older days was not given to open gestures and declaration of love and affection. As such, my mother never grew up in an environment where family members hug each other and proclaim their love for one another, and this trickled down to how our parents conduct themselves with us. One day, several years ago, my mother told me how much she regretted not having hugged me or told me how she loved me when I was younger; that completely broke my heart. I still don't get to see her as much as I would like to, but thanks to technology we can stay in touch in real time now as she embraced the smartphone and learnt to use social media and chat applications. And the open gestures of love and affection are coming freely now. As mom is not a reader, it is highly unlikely that she'll read this review. Regardless, this review is dedicated to my mother, without whom I will not be the woman that I am today.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    "I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” The Stone Sky is a 2017 release N.K. Jemisin, the third and final book in The Broken Earth trilogy, and recipient of the 2017 Nebula, Hugo and Locus Awards for best novel. Spoilers follow! So What’s It About? “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 inherite "I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” The Stone Sky is a 2017 release N.K. Jemisin, the third and final book in The Broken Earth trilogy, and recipient of the 2017 Nebula, Hugo and Locus Awards for best novel. Spoilers follow! So What’s It About? “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.” What I Thought- the F Word In my experience it’s rare for a series to be able to maintain its tension, pacing and excellence all the way to its conclusion without stumbling at least a little on the way. This is one of the best examples of success in this regard that I have encountered – in my view the three books in this series are nearly equal in quality and momentum. They are unrelentingly astute, inventive and powerful. All in all I think it’s a pretty stunning achievement of a series, and a victory for Jemisin as an author as well as the speculative fiction genre as a whole. Each book tries something a little different – the three narratives from different periods of Essun’s life characterized the first book, while the second adds Schaffa and Nassun to the mix and is much more focused on post-apocalyptic community building. In the third book, things change again as we are cast back thousands of years and begin to learn of the stone-eaters’ origins and the way that the Seasons began. I love that each book experiments, but I also think they come together to form a successful, cohesive whole. Hoa’s perspective is fascinating because the stone-eaters have an entirely unique way of thinking and communicating and being in the world. They’ve been the enigma at the heart of this series, and I am so glad that their story is told in this book. It’s a story of awakening from willing enslavement – learning that things do not have to be the way that they always have been and that revolution is a possibility. It’s also riveting to finally learn about the empire that thrived before everything went so wrong, and Jemisin is very clear about the oppression and dehumanization that come about as a result of the project of empire-building. Exploitation and the thirst for greater power go hand in hand, and she is also very clear about the constant state of fear that accompanies power through oppression: “But there are none so frightened, or so strange in their fear, as conquerors. They conjure phantoms endlessly, terrified that their victims will someday do back what was done to them—even if, in truth, their victims couldn’t care less about such pettiness and have moved on. Conquerors live in dread of the day when they are shown to be, not superior, but simply lucky.” Later reflecting on that same phenomenon of the oppressor’s fear and the cowardice that lies at the heart of hatred: “They’re afraid because we exist, she says. There’s nothing we did to provoke their fear, other than exist. There’s nothing we can do to earn their approval, except stop existing – so we can either die like they want, or laugh at their cowardice and go on with our lives.” It is this dichotomy between options that becomes particularly relevant in The Stone Sky – is death for all the only release from suffering, or is the right answer to continue to live and fight and find meaning even after everything has been stripped away? It is young Nassun who believes that the world is unsalvageable and irredeemably evil – that the only response to its ugliness is to end it all forever. Essun, on the other hand, decides to continue to live and fight and try to create a world where no orogene child will suffer the way hers did.In their own unique way, each character in this book grapples with the following question: does the world deserve to be saved or not? After a series filled with so much ugliness, bleakness and despair, I think there is in fact an extraordinary amount of hope in this final chapter. It is about resisting the dehumanization and hatred that the world impresses on you, about choosing to be more than what you have been made to be. Maybe this particular version of the world does not deserve to be saved, but somewhere out there there is a future that deserves to exist, a new world that will be kinder to its inhabitants and will not demand that they have to answer such impossible questions. This is the world that deserves to be saved, deserves to be fought for. “Don’t be patient. Don’t ever be. This is the way a new world begins.” About the Author Nora K. Jemisin was born in Iowa City in 1972, and studied psychology at Tulane University. After obtaining her Masters, she worked as a therapist before becoming a writer full time. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was her debut novel, published in 2010, and it went on to win the Sense of Gender Award and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She was the first black woman to win the Hugo Award for best novel for The Fifth Season, and went on to break more ground by winning the Hugo again in the following two years for the next books in The Broken Earth trilogy. She is an outspoken advocate against racism and sexism within the SFF community, and lives in New York.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Justine

    A pretty solid 4 star finish to the series that ties up most of the loose ends. Less than a week after publication and I see there are already quite a few 5 star, favourite book status reviews out there. While I definitely liked this book, and thought it was well written and creative, I didn't think it quite matched the brilliant storytelling impact of the first book, The Fifth Season. What makes Jemisin's books such a joy to read are the combination of unique voice and imaginative worldbuilding t A pretty solid 4 star finish to the series that ties up most of the loose ends. Less than a week after publication and I see there are already quite a few 5 star, favourite book status reviews out there. While I definitely liked this book, and thought it was well written and creative, I didn't think it quite matched the brilliant storytelling impact of the first book, The Fifth Season. What makes Jemisin's books such a joy to read are the combination of unique voice and imaginative worldbuilding that she brings to bear. But I didn't think the actual story in either The Obelisk Gate or in The Stone Sky was told quite as well as it was in The Fifth Season. But that said, I enjoyed how Jemisin tackled her story. I love stories about family, friendships, survival, and sacrifice. The Stone Sky is about all of these things and more. It's a story about choosing between the easy route of quick destruction and the hard route of permanent change.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I loved this damn series with all my weird heart. I am absolute crap at writing reviews about books I love, but here it goes: - Evil Earth: I always thought that was a weird made-up phrase and this book explains EVERYTHING about where it came from. Mind = blown - Weird third-person/first-person narration: I always thought that was seriously strange when it came up, but again now we find out why and WOAH - Secondary characters: Some of these are way stronger than others, but Schaffa needs his own bo I loved this damn series with all my weird heart. I am absolute crap at writing reviews about books I love, but here it goes: - Evil Earth: I always thought that was a weird made-up phrase and this book explains EVERYTHING about where it came from. Mind = blown - Weird third-person/first-person narration: I always thought that was seriously strange when it came up, but again now we find out why and WOAH - Secondary characters: Some of these are way stronger than others, but Schaffa needs his own book! Also Hoa. And Alabaster. - Relationships: Nassun and Essun have the most complicated mother-daughter relationship ever and everything comes to a head in this book. I appreciate that it wasn't sugar coated. So yeah, go read this series. Or better yet, listen to it, because I think the narrator is pretty fantastic. This has definitely earned it's spot on my favorite series shelf

  30. 4 out of 5

    Algernon (Darth Anyan)

    Not so much change, all things considered, but then 'now' is nothing ago, tectonically speaking. When we say that "the world has ended", remember – it is usually a lie. The planet is just fine. What do we call this lost world, this 'now', if not the Stillness? Tectonically speaking, this is the most grandiose epic to hit fantasy shelves in a very long time. But calling this exceptional series epic fantasy is selling it cheap: this is one of the best stories about the human condition I have read Not so much change, all things considered, but then 'now' is nothing ago, tectonically speaking. When we say that "the world has ended", remember – it is usually a lie. The planet is just fine. What do we call this lost world, this 'now', if not the Stillness? Tectonically speaking, this is the most grandiose epic to hit fantasy shelves in a very long time. But calling this exceptional series epic fantasy is selling it cheap: this is one of the best stories about the human condition I have read in any genre. "The Stone Sky" is the conclusion of an incredible journey across this so-called Stillness: a continent periodically wrecked by geological cataclysms called Seasons. The only people who have any measure of control over these disasters are called orogenes ('roggas' in the vernacular) and are hunted to death as witches if their hidden talents are revealed. sidenote: as this is the conclusion of the series, some of my observations can be considered spoilerish. Anyway, there's no point in starting with the third book , so if you haven't done it yet, go and pick up "The Fifth Season" stat. They're afraid because we exist. There's nothing we did to provoke their fear, other than exist. There's nothing we can do to earn their approval, except stop existing – so we can either die like they want, or laugh at their cowardice and go on with our lives. Survival in the Stillness depends on people being prepared to face the worst, sometimes doing evil unto others before they do evil unto you. The most ruthless communities are the ones with the best chance of seeing the end of the Season. One such community became an Empire by using the despised 'roggas', with help from a special branch of knights called Guardians. This is the task of the Guardians, little one. We prevent orogeny from disappearing – because in truth, the people of the world would not survive without it. Orogenes are essential. And yet because you are essential, you cannot be permitted to have a choice in the matter. You must be tools – and tools cannot be people. Guardians keep the tool ... and to the degree possible, while still retaining the tool's usefulness, kill the person. Essun, a powerful orogene, escapes from the Guardians control in the first book in the series just as the latest and most destructive Season in the Stillness known history starts, (view spoiler)[ an event she is also directly involved in (hide spoiler)] . In the second book, Essun is searching for her kidnapped daughter Nassun, a powerful orogene in her own turn, and tries to make sense of the huge network of floating crystal mountains that span the world. This third book reveals most of the secrets hinted at in the previous episodes by going back to the source of all the troubles, a geological age ago, when a powerful, advanced civilization tried to put an end to famine and strife by harnessing the immense power at the core of the planet. So now I will tell you the way that world, Syl Anagist, ended. I will tell you how I ended it, or at least enough of it that it had to start over and rebuild itself from scratch. (view spoiler)[ sentience is not restricted to biological entities. The whole planet is self-aware and it doesn't like humans spoiling it rotten: Now, though, having pronounced us all guilty, the earth handed out sentences. ... and the sentences are given out as Seasons (hide spoiler)] The cause of the ancient crisis is mirrored by current events, as human nature remains fallible and easy prey to fear of the unknown, easy to be manipulated into bigotry and discrimination. I could make parallels to the wave of racism and fascism that is sweeping through the world in this third millennium of ours, but I believe the mythical drama of Essun and her family would only be cheapened by such easy political potshots. Perhaps it began with whispers that white Niess irises gave them poor eyesight and perverse inclinations, and that split Niess tongues could not speak truth. That sort of sneering happens, cultural bullying, but things got worse. It became easy for scholars to build reputations and careers around the notion that Niess sessapinae were fundamentally different, somehow – more sensitive, more active, less controlled, less civilized – and that this was the source of their magical peculiarity. This was what made them not the same kind of humans as everyone else. Eventually: not 'as' human as everyone else. Finally: not human at all. also, How can we prepare for the future if we won't acknowledge the past? The time has come for a decision: is the planet better off without the humans who pollute and drive other species to extinction? Is a little bit of family love enough to compensate for all the hatred and destruction those in search of power have wrecked? As big as the world is, Nassun is beginning to realize it's also really small. The same stories, cycling around and around. The same endings, again and again. The same mistakes eternally repeated. "Some thing are too broken to be fixed, Schaffa." —«»—«»—«»— I think I have said more than enough about the plot. What I wanted, but failed to convey properly, is to capture the emotional intensity, the personal impact of the drama – something that only Robin Hobb has come close to achieve in the past. The story of Nassun and Essun is a story that is repeated today all over the world that are plagued by war, slavery, natural cataclysms or discrimination. I urge you not to skip the afterword where the author explains a little about how the book turned out the way it has. It's truly heartbreaking.

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