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The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura)

The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura) [Kindle Edition]

Martha Wells
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 591 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1597802166
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (1 Mar 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OOFD58
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #299,316 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and entertaining fantasy... 21 Jun 2011
Before I write anything else I must say it's great that Martha Wells found a publisher for The Cloud Roads, because it's an excellent fantasy book. Night Shade Books has done a big favour for all fantasy readers by publishing this book, because it's without a doubt one of the best and most original fantasy books of 2011. This rich and well imagined fantasy book invites readers to explore a new world which is inhabited by strange beings. It also offers wondrous and beautiful vistas to its readers, because the world is full of wonders.

The Cloud Roads is an unconventional and genuinely fascinating fantasy book, because Martha Wells avoids clichés and writes fresh fantasy. The Cloud Roads is an interesting and beautiful tale of what it means to be different. It's also a fresh story about love, loss and loneliness. That's partly the reason why this book is charmingly irresistible (when you begin to read this book, you'll soon notice that it's impossible to put it down - I read this book in one sitting, because I loved it).

I think it's fantastic that Martha Wells has written a story about a strange world and non-human shapeshifters (Raksura) and has ignored all the usual fantasy clichés, because there's plenty of room for this kind of inventive fantasy. In my opinion there are too many clichéd fantasy books out there, so we need more books like The Cloud Roads to remind us that there's more to fantasy than young farmboys who grow up to be powerful wizards.

The Cloud Roads is a story about Moon, who in the beginning of the story lives with a tribe called the Cordans. He's a shapeshifter and he hides his ability from others, because he has been cast out of other tribes for being different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Written Unique Adventure 21 Jun 2013
By Ginny
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After hiding in his human form and constantly travelling between different races of humans, Moon is finally caught out. Having been spotted transforming, Moon is discovered for what he really is: a creature who can shape shift from human to a being with black scales, wings, claws, and a tail. The group of superstitious humans he has been living with mistake him for a demon race known as the Fell. Poisoned, tied to a post in the middle of the forest and left to die, Moon is rescued by a stranger, named Stone, who turns out to be a shifter like him - not a Fell, but a Raksura, the people he has been searching for his whole life. But when Stone takes Moon back to his court, it's not the happy homecoming Moon has always hoped for. Tensions rise at his arrival between two Queens, the ruling Queen Pearl and her sister Jade, while other court members are trying to discover why all their new born children seem to be dying, and what is causing the court to sicken. Moon must help strengthen his new home and defend his people from a Fell invasion.

Books like The Cloud Roads remind me of why I love fantasy. The world building and detail that are included are simply beautiful, and after reading it I still want to know more about the many different races of creatures mentioned. The way the world was presented was both skillfully done and revealed slowly in an almost frustrating way. Martha Wells teases her readers with glimpses of one race/culture that you can't help but want to know more of, only to then show you another, equally as fascinating. I hope for many more books in this series, just to see every part of the Three Worlds - sea, land and sky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something different in fantasy 6 Dec 2012
By Naomi
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How great to see the start of another Martha Wells' series. She eschews the cliches of fantasy in both plot and characterisation and, in doing so, keeps you guessing as to where the story's going; a refreshing change from much of the current fantasy market. Her world-building is worthy of special mention; detailed, intricate and robust. No cod medieval borrowing here. She peoples the world with a large cast of well-realised characters and handles them deftly, never losing sight of her protagonist, Moon. I understand there are further books in the pipeline and, having enjoyed this one tremendously, I shall definitely be reading the following ones.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A stranger in his own land 4 Jun 2011
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Growing up amongst the different races of the world, Moon has never quite known what he himself is. He only knows that if anyone learns his secret, it's time to move on fast, because sooner or later there'll be a howling mob outside the door...

Charming, fast-moving coming of age tale, with Martha Wells' trademark sympathetic characters and intricate world-building. Highly recommended to anyone who's looking for character-driven light fantasy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 18 April 2012
An original, smart story set in an interesting world and filled with characters who aren't gormless (I'm tired of shouting at gormless characters, so this was a relief).

Highly recommended, as are Martha Wells' other books.
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