An Amazon Best Book of the Year.
Shortlisted for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018.
Shortlisted for the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2018.
The incredible conclusion to the double 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.
The Broken Earth trilogy begins with The Fifth Season, continues in The Obelisk Gate and concludes with The Stone Sky - out now.
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By WarwickStudent on 27-07-18
Get ready for more travelling.
I thought the endless travelling in book 2 was filler but you could cover the first five hours of this with 'uneventful travelling happens'. I don't know why magic only happens in one place on the stillness or why no-one headed there earlier but everyone is heading there now.
There are also a bunch of new characters and a new perspective introduced which is a bit annoying for a final book. This new perspective is set in obelisk-builder times and covers why the Earth is so angry. Not super interesting and could have been shorter, the stupid levels of evil and racism are about standard for the series.
I also started to notice in this book that all the strong, clever, independemt characters are women (and Tonkee) and all of the mental cases and otherwise disabled are men. I hadn't noticed before because the narrator struggles with male voices but once I did it was so predictable that it was actually laugh out loud funny. Like: Oh, they've come across an independent bloke, what's wrong with this one? Actually, he's lost both his legs! etc. etc. I think the author struggles writing men.
The plot was dull too, spoilers for book 2 but you are either going to get the Moon in orbit or crashing and frankly neither seems bad. The Earth is pretty messed up and could be euthanised or a super racist society is saved.
You'll also get endless anecdotes about how the ragas are heroes and sacrified themselves for everyone around them. We know they ice people and leave tons of people indiscriminately dead. Trying to paint them as blameless heroes is boring and felt wrong.
All in all, I think the author struggled here. The descriptions weren't as good. New words amd concepts were introduced to fill gaps. The characters don't evolve or change. Nothing really happens until the last half an hour or so and even then it isn't exciting. I would recommend Fifth Season to friends but I'd give them a synopsis of the last two books.