The Stone Sky

The Stone Sky

Book - 2017 | First Edition.
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The final season falls. Essun has mastered the Obelisk Gate. But halfway across the Stillness a pretender rises: Nassun. As the icy white eye of the Moon opens above the world, ancient battle lines are redrawn between mother and daughter, stone eater and orogene, slave and rebel. The destruction of humankind -- or something worse -- looms nigh.
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780316229241
0316229245
9780316402699
9780316229258
9781478916291
Characteristics: 445 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Summary: The final season falls. Essun has mastered the Obelisk Gate. But halfway across the Stillness a pretender rises: Nassun. As the icy white eye of the Moon opens above the world, ancient battle lines are redrawn between mother and daughter, stone eater and orogene, slave and rebel. The destruction of humankind -- or something worse -- looms nigh.
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SCL_Justin Jan 29, 2018

As a conclusion to the trilogy, The Stone Sky did everything it needed to. There was resolution that didn't seem Deus Ex Machinaed and we got to see the characters we'd grown to know deal with bigger and bigger challenges. While I enjoyed it, and am glad I read the whole trilogy, I still think the first book is the most mind-ticklingly rewarding, in its revelation of a weird and interesting world you wouldn't want to live in. This book was about finishing the story for the characters, not the world.

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cottageunderh
Jan 22, 2018

I'm a little late in reviewing this book, considering I flew through it. So. Rusting. Well. Done. It is the climatic ending to the trilogy that took my breath away. And at its core was a mother-daughter story that just captured my heart. This book is amazing and the series is amazing. And I am so glad that I read it. :)

KateHillier Nov 21, 2017

The only ending that makes sense but still manages to take you by surprise and not totally destroy you in every way. This series was fantastic and this was a perfect send off for it. I am very close to picking up the Fifth Season and starting again!

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JLMason
Oct 05, 2017

This completion of the Stone Earth trilogy builds to the expected showdown between mother and daughter to determine the future of the volcanically riven Earth and the last of humanity clinging to life on its surface. The backstory of how the Earth got to this state is revealed. We learn that humanity’s arrogance and greed, supported by superior technology, led it to believe that it could harness the essence of a living planet for its benefit without consequences. We learn who the narrator is for the second person telling of Essun’s tale, how the Earth became tectonically unstable, what happened to the moon, who Hoa is, and how stone eaters came to be. The powerful emotions of anger, pain, and love that infuse the relationships in the book originate from the author’s own mother/daughter issues, which she tells us about in the Acknowledgements at the end. Some trilogies weaken as they progress. The final book in this series is the strongest in a trilogy that as a whole is an awesome work of creativity, imagination, skillful story telling, and fine writing.

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SCOTTDBELL
Sep 25, 2017

Best ending to a fantasy trilogy since Return of the King

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