The Stone Sky

The Broken Earth #3

N.K. Jemisin

fiction fantasy science fiction
adventurous medium-paced

416 pages | first published 2017

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 post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed trilogy that began with the multi-award-nominated The Fifth Season.

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adventurous 80%
dark 75%
emotional 67%
challenging 51%
tense 44%
reflective 30%
mysterious 25%
hopeful 24%
sad 23%
inspiring 7%
funny 1%
lighthearted 0%


medium 76%
slow 14%
fast 8%

Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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