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The Stone Sky

Written by: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Series: The Broken Earth, Book 3
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
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Publisher's Summary

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 postapocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multiaward-nominated The Fifth Season.

©2017 N. K. Jemisin (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"Narrator Robin Miles keeps up the suspense throughout this dramatic conclusion to the Broken Earth Trilogy... Miles perfectly embodies the voices of the many characters... Listen and be transported to a meticulously built world that serves as a dire warning about the dangers of prejudice and power." (AudioFile)

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A real grind to get through

Great narrator, but the story just gets far to complex with characters that are hard to follow. Jumps all over the place without a solid storyline.

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Eh, the author seemed tired at the end

I read the first two books in this series and mostly enjoyed them. The author's apparent obsession with the appearance and breeding and cultural identity of every single darn character got really trying after a while. I want to know what hard choices people make, not things they can't choose. If I want that stuff I'll read the horrific day to day news coming out of the new yellow journalism.
Here in the third book I felt like Jemisin was kinda phoning in the story and stretching it out to fill pages. To be fair the fantastical ideas and descriptions were nice and entertaining, but it didn't carry the story for me. There was some really nice pay off with repeated motifs in the story and strong world building, but that's not enough for me.
In the end I can't recommend this and I won't be returning to this series or any other of N. K. Jemisin's books.

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Yes!

This is so incredibly creative! I don’t know how the author came up with some of the things in here. The characters are so raw and believable, I loved it

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Sad it’s over

Feel like a chapter of my own life has been ended after finishing this series on audible. Thank you NK and thank you Robin for providing such an incredible experience. I will forever be saying “rusting” this and that and “evil earth”.

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sticking the landing

loved book 3 less than 1, but more than 2. A fitting end to the trilogy.

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Everything Sci Fi and Fantasy SHOULD be!

This series offers up a compelling adventure with memorable characters. There are genuine ethical dilemmas that engage with some of the deepest social issues out there, but not in a way that feels trite or cliché. The author successfully experiments with narrative perspective in a way that places the reader in the position of detective attempting to piece it all together without sacrificing the 'readability' of the text. There is an actual blending of the languages of lore and science.

Jemisin is a master of her craft.

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Excellent!

Excellent finish to the series and well made audiobook. Highly recommend this series and this book.

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Fitting Ending to the Trilogy

This book is very well-written. Jemisin has created a rich, interesting setting...a world as complicated as Middle Earth...if Tolkien was a Sociologist.
Relations between people are integral to the mystical/apocalyptic plot. It has an interesting structure, follows three plotlines (two of which are adventurous quests), eventually bringing them together with an interesting climax. Thought-provoking and entertaining.

This book is completely unable to stand alone. Without Books 1&2, the story makes no sense. But the story is a good one if you invest the time. A little heavy on the social structures and the mystical, but good.

Robin Myles does a decent job reading.

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Excellent narrative

This book is by far the best book I’ve listen to because of the story and narration

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Awe-inspiring storytelling

The Stone Sky brings the Broken Earth series to a close with the raw power of an earth shattering earthquake. Never letting the incredible pace slow, N.K. Jemisin weaves a journey through the discovery of so much, uncovering the history of her world piece by piece so that in the end we are left to marvel at its masterpiece.

I was enraptured from the start, Robin Miles produces another amazing performance, giving life to every character in the book. An ending to a trilogy that gives all you could hope it would offer and more. This book is a masterwork in world building and story telling, an adventure of a lifetime.

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  • Audra Lorton
  • 2019-07-29

Dragged Out

N. K. Jeminsin has a great way of unfolding a story and creating twists and turns. However, you have to endure so many mundane details and chapters to get to what people are doing and why. Additionally, I listened to this book on 2.45x speed just to get through the mundane details and the long, slow, awkward pauses of the narrator.

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  • Jesslyn H
  • 2017-09-05

This review is for the entire series

(Review added to all books in series)
This was so good, I'll probably re-read the entire series again by the end of this year. This was truly a 5-course meal of a trilogy. Jemisin never hesitated staring an ugly truth right in the eye and it really paid off. Nothing came easy and there wasn't a hint of a Mary Sue moment.

It was refreshing to be offered a series where the main character was over 40, had kids and had already lived a full range of experiences. This is the second series that I've read by Jemisin and as much as I loved the 1st one (The Inheritance Trilogy), this was even better. I hope it doesn't sound pompous, but you can see more maturity in both the writing and the story-line.

The audio-book narrator, Robin Miles, is headed to the top of my narrator list. She can add everything from an African to a Gaelic? to a Slavic accent without sounding fake. It really brings the characters to life in a nice way.

I'm sure I'll still be re-reading this series decades from now. It's easy to see why Jemisin won the Hugo back to back on this one.

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  • Darwin8u
  • 2020-02-01

Mother Earth vs Earth Mother

"But for a society built on exploitation, there is no greater threat than having no one left to oppress."
- N.K. Jemisin, The Stone Sky

Book three in the Broken Earth series turns solid what the earlier books hinted at. You could tell this was a series about race, culture, power, slavery, greed, family, etc., earlier in the series but The Stone Sky hammers Jemisin's themes home. This book had some serious Earth Mother energy to it. And while I was VERY impressed with the series, and I loved it, I still prefer the poetic writing of Ursula LeGuin. I feel like N.K. Jemisin has incredible (10 Ring) potential and while it appears these books came out like they were fired from a 9mm (fast and hard) in 2015, 2016, 2017. Perhaps, it took her longer than a year to write them. If THIS is what she can do in a bit over a year, I wonder what she could do if she refined her prose just a bit. But don't mistake my criticism as being heavy. It is a piece of sand on an eyelash. It is a mouches volantes. And, it may just be something I ate.

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  • Nickolai P.
  • 2017-10-18

Powerful and satisfying conclusion

Excellent narrator really captures the emotional undercurrent of each scene. Like the previous two books, major plot points can be seen approaching from some distance off but the upside to this is that the plot is resolved in a very satisfying and neat conclusion. The whole narrative just comes off as very cohesive and focused.

Personally I find some of the premises underpinning the main themes to be questionable but it does not prove difficult to suspend my disbelief and imagine that thy might hold true in a world that is fundamentally different from our own.

A very enjoyable experience overall bolstered by good pacing and a narrative focus on critical characters and events. Some of the tension was significantly undercut by the predictability of certain events but the writing style, choice of point of view, and the performance of the narrator combine to consistently and powerfully capture the complex emotional forces ravaging the critical characters.

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  • Richard Bennett
  • 2018-01-22

Fizzled out

I wanted to like it more but I felt like the ending fizzled out. Not sure what I wanted though

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  • Daniel
  • 2019-05-03

Slow and uneventful

I am a fan of this series and love the world of earth magic created by the author. This book, however has a sluggish pace that never truly becomes captivating the way the first two did.

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  • Nick
  • 2018-10-06

this book was a slog

I really enjoyed the first book. the second two were just incredibly slow. I wanted to finish because of how much I enjoyed the first, but I would not recommend them.

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  • Veronica L Miskowski
  • 2017-10-31

Ends weakly

Generally a good trilogy, though the story seems to run out if gas in book 3. I was confused most of the way through this meandering wrap up. I was left unsatisfied.

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  • Reuben
  • 2018-11-11

Imaginative and well written

In a genre (fantasy) with so many books that are derivative, it's nice to get an original story.
#FemaleProtagonist#Mindbending#tagsgiving#sweepstakes

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-01

An incredible imagination. Totally original.

Don't think I've ever read a set of books with such a unique "world" view. The resolution of the narratives is awe inspiring. I think we can all agree that making a better world is a universal necessity and desire. The framework in which she makes this simple point is complex and challenging and worth every minute.

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