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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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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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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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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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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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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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N. K. Jemison I love your Mind!

One of the most imaginative science fantasy books I have ever read. Something truly unique.
My only wish is that you do a child friendly version, as my daughter would love it.

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Awesome book, good narrator

brilliant story, didn't want to stop it playing to go to bed. complex story without becoming stupid.

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Unrelentingly doleful

By the time you get to this book in the trilogy, if the narrator's voice hasn't driven you to slashing your wrists, the over-extension of the story line will. Jemisin should consider winding up an idea in one volume. Three is a reach too far.

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Great Conclusion

Very interesting & unexpected story developments. Hope in a dark world. Deep and raw like the earth.

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A long slow burn that's ultimately rewarding.

I must say I was looking for something different and I definitely got it.
alien yet archetype similar.
the narrator grew on me , I was concerned initially as I had a issue (my issue) that a female voice lent itself in my head to kids books. Not so .
overall well worth my time and money.

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  • 20-01-2018

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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  • 01-04-2019

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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  • 10-01-2019

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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  • 08-08-2021

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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  • Stefan Blickling
  • 29-01-2021

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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  • Jenny
  • 23-12-2020

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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  • Giuseppe Redaelli
  • 30-08-2020

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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  • 13-05-2020

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-01-2020

Best Books I've Read in Years

This entire trilogy was such a joy to read, even if it was quite dark in theme. Was so refreshing to have a true adult, fantasy/scfi storyline that didn't shy away from heavier topics. I was completely emersed until the very end. Best books I've picked up in many years

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  • Axel
  • 06-12-2019

Dull narration and weird perspective

Dull narration and the weird second-person perspective makes the listener lose consentration of the plot. Don't recommend, at least in audiobook form.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-06-2018

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
  • 07-04-2018

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
  • 09-01-2018

wow

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

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  • spellacl
  • 12-11-2017

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
  • 25-10-2017

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
  • 20-09-2017

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-08-2021

Brilliant

Exceptional narration of a compelling story. As with all the best science fiction, it shines a light on our own world.

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  • Mr Ben Bland
  • 15-06-2021

Subtle and original

While I didn't fall in love with this series as much as others must have (to warrant 3 Hugo Awards!) there is something magical about them. They have real heart, are beautifully written, create an immersive and original story world, and feel original.

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  • DJ
  • 31-05-2021

weakest of the 3 books but still ok

wish it was told In similar manner to other books but still good listen.

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  • RYAN TURNER
  • 21-05-2021

amazing

fantastic series from start to finish. I highly recommend this saga for anyone wanting to sink their teeth into a vast and detailed world

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