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The Stone Sky

Written by: N. K. Jemisin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (162 ratings)

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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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AMAZING

this book is truly wonderful and good and I cannot recomend it higher! please give this series a listen.

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Definitely a Hugo Award well earned

Its simply a fantastic piece of writing. d
Definitely worth a read for anyone seeking a divverent style of fantasy novel.

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Jemisin fan convert!

this was a truly great trilogy with both epic magic and heart wrenching emotional journies. Narrator was quite good as well. there were half a dozen or so glitches in the recording where there were repeats which is sloppy editing by the publisher.

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  • jp
  • 2018-11-23

Excellent

Excellent story, wisely crafted and superbly performed. I'm sorry it's over, it's like leaving friends behind

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Amazing!!

The story was amazing and captivating and the narrating was superbly done!! Definitely recommend this series!

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Final part of the trilogy: tying up loose ends

Wrapping up the Broken Earth trilogy. Essun finally catches up with her daughter once again, only to find Nassun has clearly increased in skill to at least a ten ring level also. We learn more about the stone eaters and their origins at last, as well as where Alabaster went and what he was doing before Essun found him again. And, of course, we finally learn what happened to the moon in the first place, and what will happen next.

Overall this book felt like a huge tying-up-loose-ends from the past two books; although the various stories did proceed a bit more it felt as if there was less movement in the present and more back-and-forth in time catching us up with what happened in the past. It's still a fascinating and detailed world with good characters, but still a bit of a slow read as you keep track of multiple story threads and timelines until they finally fit together. #Audible1

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loved thos series

loved these books so much they just kept getting better as they went along #Audible1

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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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PERFECT ENDING

TIES UP THE FIRST TWO BOOKS NICELY. WOULDN'T RECOMMEND GETTING READINGS BOOKS TO LISTEN WITH.

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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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  • Nickolai Paromov
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brian Gray
  • Pittsburgh, PA United States
  • 2017-10-15

very satisfying ending to the broken earth trilogy

Possibly slower than the first 2 in the series, Jemisin takes time to wrap up all the loose ends and explain every part of this world that has been teased since the first book. Am incredibly thorough world, a tragic though ultimately hopeful conclusion and a powerful story. I definitely recommend it!

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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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  • David Wellman
  • 2018-08-06

The new gold standard for Fantasy.

After reading the Broken Earth trilogy, and then reading something by Feist, or Martin, or even Sanderson, I feel let down. The most recent of these men's works feel quaint, old-fashioned, compared to what NK Jemisin has achieved. The Stone Sky brings the trilogy to an emotional and awe-inspiring ending, in which the fate of humanity comes down to, and in fact is a microcosm of, a mother's turbulent relationship with her daughter. The real villains of the story are our own worst drives and desires, and it feels that the heroes are every one of us. The prose is like nothing I've ever read, and is still striking after having had the first two books to get used to it. Anyone who is unsure about this series, pick up "The Fifth Season," the first volume, and dig in. Just be prepared to have the rest of the fantasy canon slightly ruined forever more.

Oh yes, and Robin Miles is just plain awesome. Holy cow is she awesome.

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  • Brent
  • Columbia, MO
  • 2018-08-06

Good story, very good writing

Jemisin is a better writer than a lot of the fluff that is popular today. I read a lot and this one was a welcome upgrade in terms of using an educated vocabulary, artful prose, and good flow. The story is a really good story. Not overly obvious and has some fun mysteries that keep you reading.

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  • Mike
  • 2018-03-11

Great closure, great magic system, felt lacking

After reading all 3 parts I feel like I finally get it. I often come to fantasy books for the world building elements. that part was really intriguing. I often left these books with epic imagery from the events.

Still struggled getting through this seriers. Books from authors that lead me here have spoiled me to character development that made me feel in their shoes. The characters in this book left me not caring much about them. The biggest reason I can name for this is because it didn't feel like the characters themselves cared. These characters went through hell and back (metaphorically speaking), and I didn't get tossed into their passions with them. Sure, the hardship they endured was displayed, but what did they care about? The protagonist just seemed to float by with wherever she went, what kind of lead protagonist don't have drive? To be fair, Given the circumstances I don't know what else I would have done in shoes. Maybe survival is the only thing you can afford to think about at these times.

Honestly, I became vastly more interested in the character after the book was at its end.

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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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