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The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  17,273 Ratings  ·  2,245 Reviews

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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Orbit
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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
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-fiction, sff
Now THAT is how you do a finale...
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mix of high fantasy & Sci fi fans
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
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
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 ❤
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, loved-it
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
Mayim De Vries
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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 strong
Thomas Wagner
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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
Nov 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Wow. I'm not sure of my final rating yet, but let me tell you, this series is an experience. RTC :)
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dec 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017

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
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
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
Aug 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wrapping up the story of the Broken Earth with Essun on a mission to save the Earth and her daughter Nassun on a collision course to destroy it.

After the events of the previous book Essun is now like Alabaster was in the previous book: on the verge of turning to stone if she uses her orogeny. The comm of Castrima is heading towards the Rifting on a desperate mission through the ash-blown world to shut it down and save the world from the Fifth Season that would last millennia. Meanwhile Nassun re
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:

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
Hiba Sajid
I'm still fumbling with my mind to produce some words to describe this brilliance, and I simply cannot. This series is too precious and too important for me to describe in words. It's so difficult to tell y'all how many emotions this book is making me feel because rusting earth, there are so many. I think this book is perfect on every level; be it the world buiding, the characters, the relationships, mixing of magic and science, everything is done down to the perfection. I am still speechless in ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
... yeah, I cried through the last 30 pages. Damn.
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-releases, 2017
Such a great ending but how am I supposed to go on now this series is over?
Stefan Bach
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Last book, as any last book in the series that means something to you, goes slower since you're trying to prolong the inevitable. End.
And after couple of days doing just that, sadly, I had to finish it.
Truly satisfying conclusion to one of the most innovative trilogy I had pleasure to read.

"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."

More so because it indeed felt intimate and real.

Thank you, Nora.
I give up on writing an intelligent, thoughtful review of this book. It has defeated me for almost two months, and I now take this opportunity to concede. Perhaps eventually I will be able to write coherently and comprehensively about this series, but for now, I will say that she stuck the landing, she stuck it good, and I will most certainly be revisiting the series as a whole in the future.

I will also say that I was happy with the ending because it did what I like my endings to do. It didn’t w
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The absolutely best part of this book (and series) is how powerful the feelings are. Described in a masterful way, the relationships are described with a raw power in a way that makes the feeling associated with the person come to life.

It is also an interestingly complicated world, worth reading and take in!
Tudor Vlad
Now that The Broken Earth trilogy has come to an end, it is time for me to reflect a bit on this book and the series as a whole. There’s no secret that this series was one of my favorite ongoing fantasy series and with The Stone Sky marking the conclusion of the series, I can now elevate this to my favorite (completed) fantasy series ever. It might be the recency bias, but I honestly can find no flaw with this series (at least nothing to affect my enjoyment of it). All the burning questions that ...more
Emily (BellaGrace)
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, a-own-it
Out of the trilogy this one was my least favorite. I found Nasuun to be really annoying and I never liked any of the Castrima people the way I like Alabaster and the people on the island from the first book. I also thought there were some overly long descriptions of buildings and machines from the pre-shattering world that made parts drag on for me. I did like getting the rest of Hoa's story. The stone eaters were my favorite part of book 3. Overall it was a great series, I would recommend it, I ...more
Monica **can't read fast enough**
The Stone Sky is the ending of one of the best series that I have ever read. As a matter of fact, it is the best concluding book that I can remember reading. Jemisin draws her readers in immediately into what happens after the climactic events in The Obelisk Gate. She wastes no time in showing the desperation and urgency that everyone is facing.

Essun has been forced to a destiny and fate that she did not want to choose. She is now physically paying the cost of her choices, while facing the scru
The Stone Sky: An Earth-shattering finale
Originally posted as Fantasy Literature
The climactic conclusion to N.K. Jemisin’s THE BROKEN EARTH trilogy, The Stone Sky (2017), has expectations erupting into the stratosphere since both the previous books, The Fifth Season (2015) and The Obelisk Gate (2016), captured the Hugo Awards for Best SF Novels of 2015 and 2016, and these wins were well deserved. Having just finished it, I think THE BROKEN EARTH trilogy is one of the most intelligent, emotionall
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“I think,” Hoa says slowly, “that if you love someone, you don’t get to choose how they love you back.” 52 likes
“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.” 35 likes
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