The Cloud Roads: Volume One Of The Books Of The Raksura by Martha WellsThe Cloud Roads: Volume One Of The Books Of The Raksura by Martha Wells

The Cloud Roads: Volume One Of The Books Of The Raksura

byMartha Wells

Paperback | March 1, 2011

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Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Series

Moon has spent his life hiding what he is — a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community. What this stranger doesn't tell Moon is that his presence will tip the balance of power... that his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony's survival... and that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell! Now Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himself... and his newfound kin.

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Martha Wells is the author of more than a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Ile-Rien series (The Death of the Necromancer) and the Books of the Raksura (The Cloud Roads). Her work has been nominated for the Nebula and Compton Crook awards, and published in seven languages.
Title:The Cloud Roads: Volume One Of The Books Of The RaksuraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1597802166

ISBN - 13:9781597802161


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Martha Wells' Best Work Yet I love this book. Wells' world-building, characterization, and grand adventure plot are sublime. It has a relatable main character in Moon, a Raksura orphaned as a child who spent years searching for his people among the diverse sentient species of the Three Worlds. The book begins when Moon finds them by accident after he has long since given up his search. He then is throw head-long into a fight for survival, as the Raksuran court he comes to is in danger from an inimical race who seem to only want to eat sentient species. Despite being distinctly inhuman -- the main character Moon can shapeshift from 'groundling' (read humanoid) to a winged and tailed creature with spines -- the strength of this book is centred in the universal human themes of trying to find a place to belong and be accepted for who you are. The settings are picturesque, as the landscape of the Three Worlds is littered with the ruins of past civilizations. There is plenty of action and adventure. And through Moon's eyes we learn about the complex, fascinating, and alien culture of the Raksura. If you have never tried Wells, I cannot imagine a better book to start with.
Date published: 2016-04-18

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Cloud Roads and The Books of the Raksura "Breathtakingly surprising and fun. Wells is a master worldbuilder."-The New York Times "The Cloud Roads has wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It's that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn't go where ten thousand others have gone before."-N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms "Truly inventive and stunningly imaginative world building perfectly melded with vivid, engaging characters make the Books of the Raksura one of my all-time favorite science-fiction series."-Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series"That rarity-a completely unique and stunning fantasy world."-Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear "Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be-poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up."-Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War "With these books Wells is writing at the top of her game, and given their breadth, originality, complexity, this series is showing indications it could become one of the landmark series of the genre."-Adventures Fantastic "An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through."-Publishers Weekly "Martha Wells' Raksura books are dense, and complex, with truly amazing world building, and non-human characters who are quite genuinely alien, yet still comprehensible and sympathetic."-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade novels