I’m afraid this book suffers a little from being the second book in a trilogy. There is a great deal of exposition here and for some reason, I didn’t find those sections as engaging to read as in the first book. I will reread The Stone Sky soon (probably some time in the next few weeks) but I hope I don’t forget anything important, because some of the details of the setting just didn’t stick in my head the way they have with other books. (I am one of those people who loved all the footnotes in Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, so I can really get into this sort of thing with the right book.)
This book is told from three perspectives: Essun, Nassun, and Schaffa. Most of that slightly frustrating exposition is in Essun’s chapters. Essun spent most of the first book searching for her daughter, and in this book we find out where she is: her father Jija took her to a community called Found Moon hoping to cure her orogeny. Nassun’s chapters have a lot more dramatic tension than Essun’s, and we learn a lot about her difficult relationship with her both her parents. I liked having Schaffa’s point of view; in the first book he’s almost a villain but I had some sympathy for him here.
Some of my favorite quotes:
”But if you stay, no part of this comm gets to decide that any part of this comm is expendable. No voting on who gets to be people.”
”It’s not hate that you’re seeing. Hate requires emotion. What this woman has simply done is realize that you are a rogga, and decide that you aren’t a person, just like that.”