This was simply perfection. The second book had been much easier for me to ease into and really enjoy the story well enough.
Essun, here she mostly remains the same. All the while she looks for her daughter, and ends up discovering a whole new lot of things. Her turn at the end, was really interesting as to how she stopped everyone from deciding who was expendable. And she has her own badass moments here.
As for Nassun, she is basically one of the most interesting characters as she shows a lot of development. Despite only being ten, I could relate to her and her extremely warped view on her parents. It just felt normal for a child to develop that, after seeing her brother die and everything.
Nassun grows a lot here, where she becomes more and more aware. And eventually going down a pretty dark path. And I just want to see how it would be when they reunite(their relationship does feel complicated given how Essun is)
As for orogenes, they are also considered not just evil and their treatment doesn’t really get any better. Even though it does have some fantastical elements here now, one which can be explained. As for guardians, stone eaters and the Obelisks. I really enjoyed seeing more and more tp them and slowly going deeper and deeper.
As for science, the entire thing about Earth becoming hostile to its inhabitants once the moon was lost is a fascinating and interesting possibility. One that can be explained using science and also using the term father earth and the moon being the child. That theory was plausible and made it far more interesting.
In the firsr book, I mentioned that this is a good apocalyptic fantasy I have read. Here it just proves it even more, and I just love it more here. The characters, the orogenes, the seasons, all of it comes nicely together. So, I would say read this trilogy even though it may not be for everyone. The first book dragged a little for me, but this didn’t and more or less was satisfying and setting up the scene for the finale.
Rating: 5 out of 5