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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Stone Sky

Updated: Jul 13, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐

"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 Stone Sky is the final installment in N.K. Jemisin's sci-fi fantasy series The Broken Earth Trilogy.

Like the rest of the series, the first few chapters are rough to read. Half because I don't remember how that last book ended, and half because there's just a lot going on. This book, as a whole, was kind of rough read.

A large part of that has to do with Nassun. I didn't really like about her perspective and thought that she didn't really add much to the story. I find it especially hard to read from her perspective because you are reminded of the fact that she is only 10 years old. Pair this with her uncomfortable relationship with Schaffa and I was not having a good time.

The other reason this book wasn't my favourite was because of the direction it goes in leading up to the end. Towards the end, I felt like all of a sudden the plot was pushed into overdrive and a lot was happening. I felt like I skipped a bunch of chapters because I had no idea what was going on and how we got there. The character decisions at the end and what happened for the characters to reach those decisions also felt very sudden.

Overall, I am a bit sad that I didn't like this series as much as everyone else seemed to. I just didn't find this to be a very excited read.

I would still give this a shot since I am an outlier when it comes to my opinion on this book. If you want a sci-fi fantasy book that is creative and unique but not too complex, try this out.

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