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The Broken Heavens

(Worldbreaker Saga #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  321 ratings  ·  61 reviews
The bloodsoaked concluding volume of Kameron Hurley’s epic fantasy, the Worldbreaker Saga, is unleashed.

The Dhai nation has broken apart under the onslaught of the Tai Kao, invaders from a parallel world. With the Dhai in retreat, Kirana, leader of the Tai Kao, establishes a base in Oma’s temple and instructs her astrologers to discover how they can use the ancient holy pl
Nook, 464 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by Angry Robot
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Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Broken Heavens is the third book in the Worldbreaker Saga (be warned, possible spoilers for book two ahead). I enjoyed it even more than the previous two installments. All the issues I’ve had with the previous two books, the chaotic POV shifts, the occasional lack of clarity, the excessive description, were trimmed away neatly and left me with just the story. Of course, it could also be that by the time we reach the last book in any series there’s simply not much extra left to tell.

The Broke
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2020 Pop Sugar Challenge
A book published in 2020
A book with a 3 word title
A book with at least a 4 star rating

Previous categories I completed but that still apply
A book with a map
A book that passes the bechdel test
It also passes the Mako-Mori test and the Vito Russo test.

This also satisfies my personal challenge of reading more LGBTQIA+ books this year.

Short Review:

This is one of my favorite authors and this series has been amazing. However, I feel like this book was a little disappointing
Stefan Bach
Mar 31, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Will. You. Ever. Finish. This. Book?
Still gathering my thoughts. Not sure I liked the ending but this feels like watching Avengers: Endgame. Fantastic worldbuilding (or worldbreaking).
If I had to describe The Broken Heavens in a single word, ‘deceptive’ would be it. This is a book that’s deceptive in just about every way, and I can’t think of a better way to end the epic intensity of The Worldbreaker Saga.

As the book opens, we’re presented with what feels like a smaller, more intimate tale, one that is focused on a few key players and a pair of key conflicts – Lilia and the Dhai versus Kirana and the Tai Mora – but (of course) it’s not that simple. Lilia is just as much in co
Adam Whitehead
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Tai Mora, invaders from a parallel universe, have overrun and conquered much of the island-continent of Grania. Their ruler plans to activate the five great temples and use their power to seal the ways between the worlds shut, ending the chaos that has engulfed every world and every timeline. For Lilia, the former scullery maid turned military leader, an opportunity to strike back at the Tai Mora is approaching, one that may hold the key to saving the world, but she must first persuade her r ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the final book in the Worldbreaker Saga trilogy. I have to admit I didn't remember much about the first two books. Not too surprising since they were published five and six years ago and I didn't do a reread. Perhaps I should have. This was pretty good regardless, though I do think I preferred the first book, if only because it set up this really fascinating world. This one did feel like Hurley had written a bunch of it only to put it aside for a while because it reads much like the firs ...more
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

If you haven’t read the first two books in this series, let me sell you on them: Hurley has created a world in full of different cultures which break gender binaries, heterosexual norms, patriarchal social systems, and embrace complex (and frequently polygamous) family units. Oh, and the novel takes place on a hostile world (the plant life actively tries to eat people) orbiting a bin
Orient Phoenix
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I must be the first one who complaining about this book here. It looked like the quality of the third book had dropped dramatically in compared of the first two. I don't know if Hurley had to rush because of the deadline or if she just lost interest in writting this series, but this book is so "out of shape", to the point it is unacceptable.
The most disapointment in this book is it character. I must say the main character of this series, Lilia, to me is not a strong lead at all. By strong charac
James Latimer
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women
Well, that was a helluva thing. Truly epic fantasy with wild worldbuilding, high stakes, a great cast, loads of magical action and political intrigue...a stunning conclusion to an amazing series.
Danika at The Lesbrary
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Worldbreaker Saga is a brutal, brilliant series. It is emphatically queer: it examines gender and sexuality from multiple angles, polyamorous configurations of genders are the norm for relationships, there are multiple non-binary point of view characters, and the main character is attracted to women. It boasts a huge cast of point of view characters and an ever-expanding setting made up of distinct, detailed cultures. It is complex and ambitious, and it challenged me at every turn. This is g ...more
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I suffer from end of series anxiety. I find myself reading the last book in trepidation, anticipating some blunder by the author that would disappoint me.

I have come to trust Kameron Hurley to deliver. This is especially true of the World Breaker Saga , where each book is stronger and clearer than the previous ones.

I think I'll need to reread The Mirror Empire now that I have a better understanding of this universe.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Disclaimer: This is disorganized word vomit disguised as a book review in which I repeatedly wonder why I didn’t just reread the first two books before starting this one. Anyway, onward …

At last, Book 3 !

Bodies raining from the sky, dismemberment, and pulsing flesh-temples! And that’s just the beginning.

After being tortured by several publishing delays, finally getting my hands on this book was amazing and I dived right in.

Several chapters in … I was less enthusiastic.

This isn’t to say th

Before reading The Worldbreaker Saga, I’d already read one trilogy and two standalones by Kameron Hurley, so I knew the series would be great. And yet my expectations were completely blown out of the water. I’m in awe of Hurley’s worldbuilding, of the fascinating magic system she’s created, of her effortless inclusion of diversity, and of her ability to write so many complex characters.

There are quite a few POVs in this trilogy, and Hurley pulls it off flawlessly. This is a series about paralle
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I still can't believe Ria finished reading before I did...
Samantha Sainsbury
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I started the series in 2017 (along with everything else Kameron Hurley had written at the time) and didn't reread to prepare, which may have helped with plot points and characters, but ultimately I made it through mostly coherent.

Hurley has written about having messages about creating a better world in her fiction, and this came through in ways I was not expecting at the close of the series (a lot about choices and the multitudes we contain). I agree with other reviews that draw a similarity to
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll admit, I had forgotten most of the events and names from the previous book by this point, so it took me a long time to properly get back "into it" whenever the focus shifted to characters who weren't Lilia, Roh, or Luna. I know this book had a troubled birth and took much longer than expected to finish, but there's a reason why TV series have a "previously on..."

This book also barrels down towards a finale and is mostly plot plot plot accidents plot. Worldbuilding is limited to essentials a
Elaine Aldred
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Dhai people are left reeling after the invasion of the aggressive Tai Kao, fleeing from their disintegrating world. Now Tai Kao leader, Kirana, seeks to close the rift between worlds before the power of the dark star Oma, fails. But in the process, there will continue to be a life and death struggle with the invaders and the Dhai still prepared to resist them.

Kameron Hurley has created a fantasy not in one world but many, since the rifts allow passage from one alternate reality to another.

Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, sci-fi-fantasy
3 stars cause ITS OVER. O-V-U-R
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading Kameron Hurley’s books! They each show the amazing creativity she has as a writer. I was introduced to Hurley’s writing when i was given a copy of the first book of the God’s War trilogy - I loved it and then proceeded to consume each book she has ever written. Her style of writing, the various characters in each story, the detailed world-building that she painstakingly creates in her series is unique and always exciting. I can think of no one to compare. She is a stand alone auth ...more
Galen Strickland
It's been over four years since the second book, I'd foolishly deleted it off my Kindle, and didn't have time for a re-read anyway. Due next month, this was another ARC I got from Net Galley (and Edelweiss). Wish I had gone with the Edelweiss ARC, since I found out later it has a fully functional contents menu so I could have accessed the appendix/glossary. The Net Galley ARC didn't, wasn't even sure it had the appendix til I got to the end. I had very little memory of how the previous book had ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have one very important thing to tell you about this book, and this series as a whole: Don't be afraid to use the glossary of terms in the back. Look things and characters up if you don't quite remember them. It will be worth it. I promise.
Hurley has densely packed this book, from top to bottom, with so many little worldbuilding details that I'd be shocked if you could hold it all in your head. But that's why we're reading Hurley, right? RIGHT.
This is a fitting conclusion to the Worldbreaker
Feb 27, 2020 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rec-ke
[DNF 7%]

After really enjoying The Mirror Empire and being very disappointed with Empire Ascendant - I expected both books to be 5-star reads for me - I was still curious about the finale but very apprehensive about it. And ever since it came out, I wanted to read it in theory, but not... in practice.

And, yup... Not even 2 chapters in I realised I completely lost interest in the (shallow) characters, their (even more shallow) relationships and their (view spoiler)
Jason Vanhee
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I liked but didn't love the conclusion to this series. The focus was often strange to me. The narrative felt bloated in places but also moved along too quickly in others. Time had jumped forward a ways but why we started at the moment we seemed arbitrary. The solution to the crisis seemed obvious to me as soon as it was clear what the crisis truly was.
I don't know. Perhaps it was just me not connecting fully with the book; I am struggling with novels in general.
On the very much plus side, it was
Apr 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, sequel
I enjoyed this book, the final one of the Worldbreaker trilogy, but not as much as the two previous ones. In this book, all the storylines come together - all the characters converge; indeed all the multiple worlds start to come tighter - some dead, some still very much alive. But the story seemed not to be as meaty or as imaginative as the previous ones - or maybe it was that the descriptions were more confusing. Perhaps I need to read it a second time, as I have done with the others? Anyway, i ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a great end to the Worldbreaker Saga trilogy. The pacing and twists and turns were utterly engrossing. I think I finished this in 3 days. I read the previous books when they first came out so things weren't exactly fresh in my mind. However, I think it was structured very well to bring the reader up to speed without feeling like an infodump review. That said, there were definitely a few things I think I missed because it had been so long since I read books 1 and 2. Ah well, just a good excu ...more
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fucking absolutely amazing- Hurley knocked it out of the park, which is really saying something given how lost/frustrated I got in book 2. This book made me start the series over again, back to book 1. Literally the day I finished reading. I couldn't put it down.

I did not like the weird "this jista goes here, that one there" and the "key, guide, etc" thing the surviving characters had to rag tag team up to do leading up to the end. It was tedious. However, the ending itself was just so fantastic
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A conclusion I spent a long time wondering about.

As a note, I would recommend reading the books together. Taking a long break and reading many books in between made it much more difficult to put the pieces of what was happening back together.

I had a lot of feelings about this book, the opening was a little slow (especially since I had forgotten some of the characters and backstory) but it picked up quickly. The pacing was very well done.

I ended the book/series with quite a bit to process and t
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, weird-shit
I waited a long time for this book and it was totally worth it. The Worldbreaker books have always been so original in their worldbuilding (hah) that they are a breath of fresh air (unless you live in the wrong world :P) when you need original fantasy. The antagonists are sympathetic in their own ways, despite all the terrible shit they've done, I found myself feeling bad for Kirana.

This book picks up a year or so after the events in the previous book, and people are settling in for the long ha
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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morn ...more

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