Friday, September 8, 2017

The Stone Sky (The Broken Earth #3), by N.K. Jemisin (author), Robin Miles (narrator)

Hachette Audio, August 2017

What can one say about The Stone Sky?

It's the utterly wonderful third book of an uttlerly wonderful trilogy. One could make equally excellent cases for it being science fiction or fantasy, but Jemisin says it's fantasy. (And as the author, she gets a vote, right?)

It's the most complete, compelling, original world-building I've seen in fantasy in years. The characters are complex, interesting, and compelling.

The trilogy starts with the end of the world, and why not? And then we learn both how we got there, and where we're going after.

I'm honestly not sure whether a reader who hadn't read the previous two volumes could find their feet by starting with this third volume. On the other hand, skipping the two previous books would be a real loss, so, go get them. Read the whole trilogy.

This volume brings vital threads to a conclusion, and answers questions that have been haunting the reader from the beginning. The ending leaves room for further stories in this world, some of them involving characters we've met, if Jemisin is so moved, but they would be different stories, not continuations of this one.

For myself, I don't care what Jemisin writes next. I want to read it. She's a stunningly good writer.

Highly recommended.

I bought this audiobook.