The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Orbit, 2017
ISBN: 9780316229241
Branch Call Number: FANT JEMI
Characteristics: 398 pages : map ; 23 cm


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SCL_Justin Jan 29, 2018

As a conclusion to the trilogy, The Stone Sky did everything it needed to. There was resolution that didn't seem Deus Ex Machinaed and we got to see the characters we'd grown to know deal with bigger and bigger challenges. While I enjoyed it, and am glad I read the whole trilogy, I still think th... Read More »

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May 10, 2019

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

haushallmartinez Apr 11, 2019

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

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

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

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 26, 2019

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

Jan 01, 2019

I wished we could have lingered longer in Hoa's backstory, considering how long we spent on the other world building. I wanted to find out a little more about the Thniess/Niess, given how important they were. But why the story still works well without it is because it's ultimately about slavery, genocide, greed, and the stories people tell themselves to justify being monsters; Hoa doesn't need to show us much to prove that the civilization he came from deserved to be destroyed.

This was overall a satisfying end to a masterful trilogy, and one I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about anytime soon.

Dec 16, 2018

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

OPL_DavidD Sep 18, 2018

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

SCL_Justin Jan 29, 2018

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

Jan 22, 2018

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

KateHillier Nov 21, 2017

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

Oct 05, 2017

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

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


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