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

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

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by Martha Wells
     
 

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Martha Wells returns to the Raksura with a pair of brand-new novellas!

In “The Falling World,” Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort, Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out

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Martha Wells returns to the Raksura with a pair of brand-new novellas!

In “The Falling World,” Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, has traveled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort, Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.

“The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon was born. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could spark war throughout all the courts of the Reaches.

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 two brand-new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of the Raksura has many more stories to tell . . .

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
Two novellas and two short stories expand the setting of Wells’s dreamlike fantasy novels. In “The Falling World,” a vanished envoy triggers a diplomatic crisis between two courts, and investigation reveals a long-forgotten tragedy. “The Tale of Indigo and Cloud” sets two queens against each other, with an unhappy consort as the prize. Familiar characters appear in “The Forest Boy,” a prequel to The Cloud Roads that examines a brief encounter between Moon and forest dwellers, and “Adaptation,” in which Chime deals with an unwanted transformation and its disquieting implications. Wells is adept at suggesting a long, complex history for her world with economy, and, while her protagonists may not be human as we understand it, they are definitely people, sympathetic figures constrained but not defeated by their environments. Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells’s deft touch with characterization and the fantastic. (Sept.)
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"Two novellas and two short stories expand the setting of Wells's dreamlike fantasy novels. ... Longtime fans and new readers alike will enjoy Wells's deft touch with characterization and the fantastic."
Publishers Weekly

“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 Spiritwalker trilogy

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597805353
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Series:
Books of the Raksura Series
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
245,053
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

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 novellas, all published by Night Shade Books.

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Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm excited to return to the three worlds. The novella and short story format works well to explore the further adventures in The Reaches. It's a treat to see how the colony is progressing, and the world remains vibrant and full of unusual peoples, cities, flora, and fauna.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While this book won't work as well if you haven't read the novels, it is perfect for those of us who are craving more stories about the Raksura. Wells has created a vivid and unique world, and her characters are an absolute delight. The glimpse of baby Stone made me squee, and it made for a heart-wrenching contrast to the old Stone as he listens to stories from long ago, about friends long dead.
BenT-Gaidin More than 1 year ago
An excellent collection of novellas that really help expand the story, and provide an amusing glimpse at some of the history hidden in her world.
upstate_eli More than 1 year ago
Wells' other work is fantastic, so I've been looking forward to this return to the world of the Raksura. If you've not read anything else by her I cannot recommend enough The Wheel of the Infinite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so looking forward to the new collection of Raksura stories, and it did not disappoint! The world-building and characters continue to be terrific, and the plots (especially the first story -- did not see that coming!) are very fun.