• The Stone Sky

  • The Broken Earth, Book 3
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (434 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The remarkable conclusion to the record-breaking triple Hugo Award-winning fantasy trilogy that began with The Fifth Season.

Winner of the Hugo Award 2018

Winner of the Nebula Award 2018

Winner of the Locus Award for Best Fantasy 2018

An Amazon Best Book of the Year

The incredible conclusion to the record-breaking triple Hugo award-winning trilogy that began with the The Fifth Season.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the phenomenal power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every outcast 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.

©2017 Little Brown (P)2017 N. K. Jemisin

Critic Reviews

"Amazing." (Ann Leckie)

"Breaks uncharted ground." (Library Journal)

"Beautiful." (Nnedi Okorafor)

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This is a very special read

I am a geologist that enjoys fantasy books. I have not found a better yet.

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Difficult and amazing

A unique story - trilogy - with a world and beings both so like us yet so unlike us. Somewhat mesmerising.

My first audio book experience. Wonderfully read and interpreted.

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Loved fifth season but not the sequels as much

This final part I felt a little disappointed about. There was not much going on in this book. Found myself mostly wanting it to end since I've come this far and can't Not finish it

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Disappointing journey

While an unusual method of storytelling the 1st book promised so much but the latter 2 books, especially the last one, disappointed as a whole. Pointless character building to rapidly kill off characters will little or no context, a rushed explanation to the key background event and a wholly unsatisfying conclusion that felt rushed.
As a reader you always want to give the storyteller the benefit of the doubt and complete the story journey but I felt this conclusion wasn't really thought out and struggled to engage to finish the book.

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Reading This Trilogy is a Transformative Experience

The depth of narrative is equaled by the nuances of character psychology. The Broken Earth is a poem of trauma, sacrifice, and the transformative alchemy of survival. Completing this trilogy is ranked among my most satisfying experiences of some five decades.

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Great story but for some reason did not "flow"

I usually "gulp" these books but this one surprisingly took some time to finish. Nevertheless it is still definitely a good book

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Expected a lot more after the first two parts

Endless musings and rather childish descriptions trying to describe a distant past. Trilogy going out with a snore.

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Top level story telling.

N K Jemisin's characters are complex and emotionally raw. The epic storyline reaches raw emotional depths rare in such fantasy series.
The literary mastery of this series puts Jemisin on a level with the likes of Ursula LeGuin, Doris Lessing and Octavia E Butler. I am eagerly awaiting her next work.
The narrator did an excellent job on almost all of the characters, though Shaffa's accent slipped and slid somewhat between Scottish and other Rural British accents, it wasn't overwhelmingly distracting. Her voice and delivery was so delightfully smooth that it was a pleasure to listen to.

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A great series

I found this series almost by chance, while looking for a book to listen to on a long business trip. And what a find it was! A very innovative setting, characters I immediately feel in love with, and am innovative choice of second person narrator. Highly recommended!

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Amazing end to a fantastic sci-fi trilogy

This book is a fitting conclusion to the the broken earth trilogy. It's a must read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-18

Incredible!

Just phenomenal stuff, the characters are immense, the world building rich and hugely detailed. Just sad I've reached the end. I look forward to sharing with my Daughters when they're a little older.

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  • fergus grant - stevenson
  • 04-07-18

Brilliant series! Excellent Narrator

Brilliant series! Excellent Narrator. Good story concept and engaging characters. Well worth listening to. I have been raving about it!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-18

wow

wow and wow and wow again until fifteen words have been used in this review.

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  • spellacl
  • 11-12-17

Great Series!

Listened to nine hours of this book over two days. Fascinated about how it was going to end! Really enjoyed the series! Found this book slightly slower than the first two.

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  • Katerina
  • 10-25-17

Fabulous story, fabulous narration

I just listened to all three books of the trilogy back-to-back and it was a wonderful time. I’m sad it’s over.

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  • Mr. M. G. Helliwell
  • 09-20-17

Very good and not what I expected

I think this is the best written of the trilogy. I wasn't expecting much from the plot when I started listening but there's lots of interesting plot going on. The writing is a little slow and the narration, whilst excellent, is also a little slow but other than that I really enjoyed the book.

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  • Tomas Petrén
  • 09-07-22

Struggled to finish.

Nope, I don't get the hype. After having finished all three books I'd say this is a pretty mediocre fantasy fare. Some interesting ideas and characters. A good story and decent world building. These things compete with a slow tempo, a peculiar writing tone and a total lack of humour or wit.

I struggled to finish the last couple of hours since I kept falling asleep, but the ending was satisfying and while I probably won't ever listen to the books again I don't regret listening to them.

The narrator felt good the first two books but less so now, probably more to do with me being tired of the writing than her performance though.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-27-22

Earthshaking

Robin Miles is spectacular, elevating an already great story to even greater heights. Definitely well worth the read

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  • Ashton Easter
  • 07-27-22

THE best fantasy book/series of recent times

After reading this flawless, epic series, I've searched for other series to listen to, trying out Mistborn, In the Name of The Wind etc, and nothing gets close.

The world and story is original and always interesting; the characters fully developed, flawed and sympathetic; the dialogue feels natural and rarely clunks with heavy handed exposition; and each book is as good as the last.

Everything else since (apart from maybe In the Name of the Wind) feels miles away in quality.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-22

A fresh breeze

An amazing book about grand designs and an epic story, but without losing touch of the small details that matter and make a story believable.

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  • emmoff
  • 09-07-17

Brilliant Trilogy

Achingly brilliant post-apocalyptic sci fi fantasy. I am overawed by the depth and complexity of this trilogy. The destructive force of the planet matched only by the destructive force of prejudice directed at those who could actually save the planet.
If your young daughter has the magical ability to cause earthquakes how do you ensure that she controls and doesn't use that gift, because you are in hiding and the consequences of being found out are dire. In book 3 the fate of the planet pivots on the dysfunctional mother/daughter relationship created by this circumstance. The climax of this book more than equals the often harrowing journey. Flawed characters and the reason for their flaws. Listening to these books was a fabulous experience. Such warmth and depth and originality and heartache.
N.K. Jemisin you rock (no pun intended)! I predict you get the Hugo for this book - that's a well deserved 3 for 3.
Excellent narration by Robin Miles.

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  • A. Kane
  • 11-01-17

Perfect narration

Fantastic conclusion to a great series, though a bit slow and complicated in parts. Definitely worth pushing through those parts to get to the ending though. Satisfying.

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  • Ashlea Broomfield
  • 12-05-17

Great trilogy. Awesome story. Voice performance variable

This trilogy was so cool
Voice performance confusing at times and had to repeat some sections to figure out who was talking. Variations in accents from each character.

Story had me hooked!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-18

tricky, unnecessarily confusing for little payoff

Throughout the series their was unnecessary twists and turns that soaked up time, confused amd boree the listener, and took away from the core story.

Each book could have been a third shorter and better for it.

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  • Amanda
  • 09-06-22

Spectacular

This is the best series I've read in years. Beautiful and captivating. A joy to read

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  • Geoff Sharp
  • 03-22-22

Such a shame …

The first 2 books were good. This one was a chore to get through. It’s as if the author ran out of ideas. Very disappointing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-22

Amazing Ending to this trilogy

Perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. Was balling at the end. So wonderfully written!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-04-22

Beautiful and moving series, I highly reccomend!

Beautiful and moving series, so much pain and humanity on display in amazing and horrific scenarios. The world has so much thought and love in it with a very inventive ans capivating way of telling a story. I would highly reccomend!

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  • Jenni
  • 10-29-21

great read

loved listening to.this story
really enjoyed the story line had trouble putting it down

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-21

Worst of a good series.

If you were to judge this book by it's predecessors you would probably walk away like I did a little disappointed and unresolved.
Is it a good book in its' own right? probably.
Did I enjoy the final chapters of this amazing saga? not as much as I'd hoped...

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