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The Stone Sky

(The Broken Earth #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  93,717 ratings  ·  8,451 reviews
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
Paperback, 416 pages
Published August 15th 2017 by Orbit
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Don McClintock The trilogy seems complete to me but I had the feeling that there could be more in store for us in this universe. Fantastic storytelling from Jemisin.…moreThe trilogy seems complete to me but I had the feeling that there could be more in store for us in this universe. Fantastic storytelling from Jemisin. I adored this series.(less)

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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(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!

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
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites-2018
Now THAT is how you do a finale...
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mix of high fantasy & Sci fi fans
Shelves: favorites
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
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 ❤️
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
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
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: year-2017, lgbt, 5-star
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
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
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Fifth Season: ★★★★
The Obelisk Gate: ★★★★
The Stone Sky: ★★★★ 1/2

4.5 stars

Stone Sky is a fitting closure for the Broken Earth trilogy and one of the most unique fantasies I have yet to read. N.K. Jemisin cemented herself as an auto-read author for me because of her wild imagination and compelling style. I honestly don’t know which book I prefer, it’s a tie between Stone Sky and the Fifth season. I’d give the trilogy a solid 4 stars. The three books feel more like one story rather than three es
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
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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
Always Pouting
Dec 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Merphy Napier
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
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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.”

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
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
TS Chan
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: black-writers
I have made it through the Broken Earth trilogy. What a relief! For the past three months I was on the verge of DNFing the last book (because I simply couldn't bother with it anymore) but I am happy now that I stuck with it. The Stone Sky did a great job at tying the loose ends together and giving the series a well-rounded ending. A lot of things finally clicked into place and started to make sense for me in this last instalment. And whilst I am somewhat bitter that it took over two books to get ...more
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