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The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura Series #1)

The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura Series #1)

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by 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

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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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Publishers Weekly
Moon's world is populated by many different intelligent species (none of them human), and he has never known which one he belongs to. Orphaned at a young age, he's wandered from tribe to tribe, hiding a dangerous secret. Like the universally hated Fell, whose only aims are slaughter and conquest, Moon can fly—which leads to predictably violent cases of mistaken identity. When he does find his own people, the Raksura, life doesn't get any easier, since their internal politics are vicious, and they too are in imminent danger from the Fell. Cue hairsbreadth escapes and feats of derring-do, as Moon helps his new family evacuate their doomed colony and then rescues a group of kidnapped children. Wells (The Gate of Gods) merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with. (Mar.)
Library Journal
For most of his life, Moon has hidden his shape-shifting nature from the human tribe that sheltered him. When his secret is discovered, he is cast out and rescued by another winged shape-shifter who introduces him to a new world and a common foe: the winged, malevolent creatures known as the Fell. Wells (The Death of the Necromancer) has created a new world of dragonlike shape-shifters and human tribes that could serve as the background for future novels in this exotic setting. VERDICT Concise storytelling and believable characters make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802161
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
03/01/2011
Series:
Books of the Raksura Series, #1
Pages:
300
Sales rank:
245,203
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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