The Stone Sky

Orbit: Hachette. (Broken Earth, Bk. 3). Aug. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9780316229241. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316229258. FANTASY
Essun is now the planet's most powerful orogene, a human in full possession of the elemental powers. Having unleashed the power of the Gate, destroyed the community that took her in, and killed Alabaster Tenring, she now suffers the same effects that Alabaster was succumbing to. Before she completely turns into stone (the result of wielding her full orogene powers), Essun has two goals: catch the Moon and save the human race, and find her daughter, Nassun. Nassun is on her own quest. She travels with the damaged guardian Schaffa to the other side of the world, where Nassun believes she can find the root of the power she feels. The anger and hatred toward her own kind, until now, has shown her life's darker side. For Nassun, sometimes the only way to fix something is to destroy it.
VERDICT The powerful conclusion to the "Broken Earth" trilogy (The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate) will please the author's many fans with its fully developed world, detailed settings, and complex characters.
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