This is the way the world ends, for the last time.
The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.
Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever.
Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.
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"Exceptional." (Library Journal)
"Robin Miles continues as narrator, and the large cast of characters allows her to draw on her vast store of accents. Her narration is intimate and engaged, and she enriches the complicated relationships.... Miles draws out the emotions - sometimes volatile, sometimes seething beneath the surface--as the complexities of this postapocalyptic world unfold." (AudioFile)
Current fave in all fiction
Mile's voice is like a massage on my ears, and her performance drops me right into the middle of this world.
Such an amazingly rich and different world. Extremely unique and a wonderful travel experience. I'm going to listen to the first book again right now.
I need book 3 yesterday!! This writer is EVERYTHING!!
I knew I'd be a fan since book one. I finished both book 1and 2 in only a few days and now I am just sad book 3 isn't ready yet.
I'm new to afro futurism/sci-fi but I can already tell NK Jamison is going to be someone to look out for. She's 1 of 3 to that have inspired me to get back into writing myself. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Can I give this 10 stars? Jemisin is a freaking writing god. If anything, this was better than the 1st book. I rate this series alongside the Stormlight Archive and have no doubts that I'll be reading and rereading them both many, many times.
The narration was just beautiful. I love the varied accents that Miles can bring to the table.
My only complaint is that the audio and Kindle versions aren't synced so I had to always make sure I switched back and forth at a chapter break. That is more than a bit of a pain.
I am an avid reader and believe in good literature. All of my reviews aim to separate the good from the trash.
This books continues the story lines from book one. The world is going through another season but this one will last thousands of years with the resulting planet being inhabitable. But the people do not accept this or understand it. It seams that the extinction of the human race is eminent but Alabaster has been to the mountain top and returns (broken and half-dead himself) to tell the only person who can finish what he started to heal the Earth. Tons of questions are answered. Revelations are realized. Nassun comes of age in this madness. Essun grows in her craft, realizes her potential and that she can't do it alone.
It is nothing like N.K. Jemisin's other series which is nothing short of amazing because world building is hard and that is exactly what the writer does here. Among horrifying post-apocalyptic events, dogmatic guardians who believe their evil is good, the mysterious absence and presence of celestial staples we continue to learn about the relationships of the characters, their histories as to how they came to be who they are and one I didn't see coming...Father Earth.
This books has something for fans of Octavia Butler, Jules Verne, world ending scenarios, dysfunctional families and of course...N. K. Jemisin.
Alabaster (sp?). I think Robin did an excellent job capturing his unique personality and quirks.
The constant struggle for acceptance for who a person is as a human being.
This is the third world built by this author. I don't know many who can do this. I am not surprised that the author won a Hugo for this series.
Beautifully written. Heartbreakingly emotional performance. This series has been one of the best in the genre that I have read in ages, certainly the most thought provoking. Amazing.
The tale continues with new and unexpected twists and turns. The reader learns what is happening aling with the characters. I can't wait for the next book.
*Creeps the edge of containing Spoilers!*
I can't convey how much I love this series!! It is fantastic. First of all, Robin Miles is an incredible preformer of this series. Her voices, pauses, inflections... the life she brings to the books is amazing. I hope she is the voice of Book 3. That said, N. K. Jemisin is a story telling genius. The world becomes clearer and makes sense in broad circling swipes of her story telling. The chill I got when I understood what was causing the seasons, and when Origins power made more sense... I was excited and thrilled to see how the characters, the world!, would deal with such revelation. The beginning is almost always better than the middle, and this is true of the two books in this series as well. But, unlike a lot of second books, this one is by no means filler. ***True Spoilerishness begins*** It is never boring, it builds and develops character in pace with the first, and most conflicting for me, you see characters you love aren't all good despite best intentions. You see the damage they leave behind, and how that damage is carried through generations. You also see how the damage from so many years of oppression and lies might destroy the world for good. Fantastic!
perfectly paced, a well developed original world. N.K. Jemisin is not afraid of making her characters suffer, but there is a lot more than suffering going on, characters discovering who they are, trying to navigate and ease the pain of the past
book and music junkie
I never thought anyone writing speculative fiction could be as great as Octavia Butler, but with this novel the student may have matched the teacher. Jemisin has the rare talent of being able to cover the complexity of a character's conflicted thoughts following a question while maintaining the tension of the situation. She writes with a forward-thinking patience without spilling a drop of suspense. The world she has built is wholly original, yet wholly believable and authentic. Nothing but love for the author and her unmatched patience to craft.
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