The conclusion. The finale. The coup de gras. I feel like a lot of trilogies end on a disappointing note. Mostly because the most exciting build up and events happened in previous novels but the tale has to end. This is a series that was hard for me to start. It was jarring, complicated, and broke some of the fantasy molds I was used to. But I kept at it and was rewarded tenfold.
It’s essentially the same plot as the second book but without any side plot distractions. Essun must still grab the moon as it passes Earth and get it into orbit. Nassun, her daughter, has seen enough misery and decides that she will rope the moon in a way that will destroy all life on Earth.
What may be the best part of this novel is that we finally get to understand why the world is the way it is. Through flashbacks told by the stoneeater Hoa, we learn the true story of the stillness, the guardians, and magic.
Which is expertly described by N.K. Jemisin. She has such a way with words. And she might have used literally every word in the English language to complete this book.
The Stone Sky is the fantastic conclusion to an amazing series that just gets better as you go on. Power through the early confusion and enjoy some great literature.
4 out of 4 stars