Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud by Martha WellsStories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud by Martha Wells

Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

byMartha Wells

Paperback | October 7, 2014

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Moon, Jade, and other favorites from the Indigo Cloud Court return with two new novellas from Martha Wells.

Martha Wells continues to enthusiastically ignore genre conventions in her exploration of the fascinating world of the Raksura. Her novellas and short stories contain all the elements fans have come to love from the Raksura books: courtly intrigue and politics, unfolding mysteries that reveal an increasingly strange wider world, and threats both mundane and magical.

“The Dead City” is a tale of Moon before he came to the Indigo Court. As Moon is fleeing the ruins of Saraseil, a groundling city destroyed by the Fell, he flies right into another potential disaster when a friendly caravanserai finds itself under attack by a strange force. In “The Dark Earth Below,” Moon and Jade face their biggest adventure yet; their first clutch. But even as Moon tries to prepare for impending fatherhood, members of the Kek village in the colony tree’s roots go missing, and searching for them only leads to more mysteries as the court is stalked by an unknown enemy.

Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With these two new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of the Raksura has many more stories to tell

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Martha Wells is the author of more than a dozen fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, The Gate of Gods, The Element of Fire, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. A full-length trilogy introducing the Raksura universe was released in 2011 and 2012, and is followed by a two-volume set of four n...
Title:Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and CloudFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1597805351

ISBN - 13:9781597805353


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A rough introduction to the world, but extraordinary effective in making me want to read more As much as I enjoyed Stories of the Raksura and will definitely be going back to read the original stories (beginning with The Cloud Roads), this is a difficult read for a newcomer to the worlds of Martha Wells. I don't regret giving it a read for a moment, but I do regret not having read the previous novels first. There are a lot of nuances to the stories that I just didn't get, particularly in regards to the relationships, but I'm sure fans will pick up on them right away. Having said that, the world building here is really quite astounding, right from the concept for the Raksura themselves, to the construction of their world, to the social hierarchies, to the gender politics. Amongst the Raksura there are two distinct forms, which each have their own unique manifestations. The Arbora, who are kind of a worker/artist class, are scaled humanoids with retractable claws, spines, and frills. The Aeriat, by contrast, are more of a noble class, marked as much by their wings as their roles. The Queens are powerfully aggressive, and very protective of their Courts, while their male consorts are largely shy and submissive. Otherwise, there don't seem to be any sort of rigid gender roles here, and sexuality seems to be very open and flexible. While the races appear reptilian, they behave very insect-like, at least from a societal point of view. Anyway, onto the stories. The Falling World is a classic adventure-quest type story, with a party from the Indigo Court setting out to discover why their diplomatic party never reached their destination. There's some nice jostling for position in the search party, a good bit of mystery regarding who can and cannot be trusted, and some breathtaking action scenes. The imagination at work here is top-notch, and my own sense of wonder easily carried me past the confusion as to who the characters were and why their relationships mattered. The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is an historical background tale, exploring events that I presume happened long before the original trilogy. This, for me, was a much more accessible story as I didn't feel like I was missing out on nearly so much. It was more of a political tale, exploring the origins and animosities between the Courts, but I found it fascinating. The world here seems a bit more primitive than in the other story, which just makes me that much more curious about how the Courts developed and what's really out there in the wider world. The other two short stories - The Forest Boy and Adaptation - were interesting but, once again, suffer from those missed nuances. They were too short to really engage a new reader, but readers who already know the characters will likely appreciate them. Overall, Stories of the Raksura is a rough introduction to the world of Martha Wells, but extraordinary effective in making me want to read more. I did have her Ile-Rien series high in my TBR pile, but it looks like Raksura may just leap ahead in the queue.
Date published: 2014-12-11

Editorial Reviews

“Wells fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. . . With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample.”—Publishers Weekly“Immensely pleasing. . . the shorter stories still encompass everything that makes the novels so satisfying, from the daily interactions between Raksura to the incredible creatures, mysteries and landscapes of the Three Worlds, and if Martha Wells were to never write anything other than Raksura stories from now on, as much as I love her other work, I can’t say I’d complain.”—A Dribble of Ink“I wonderfully enjoyed these storiesI urge readers with any interest in secondary world fantasy who have not done so to pick up The Cloud Roads and begin there and work your way to this volume. And then, like me, you can hope and wait for future volumes set in Wells’ rich and endlessly entertaining world, peoples and characters.”—Paul Weimer, Skiffy and Fanty“This short story collection deserves all the praise it gets, because there's no fluff here, only quality fantasy from start to finish ... it's a perfect collection for fans of the Raksura.”—Rising Shadow“All in all it’s a great collection of stories. . . all of them colorful, imaginative and fun. . . Must reads for fans of the series.”—Roqoo Depot, 5/5“The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!”—N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms