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Stories of the Raksura, Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below
     

Stories of the Raksura, Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below

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by Martha Wells
 

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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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/13/2015
Wells (The Serpent Sea) fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. As readers follow a shape-shifting Raksura called Moon through a series of encounters, plenty of vivid descriptions help newcomers get up to speed. Moon is always at the center of any conflict, whether it’s learning the secrets of a long-buried city (“The Dead City”) or defending his adoptive Raksura community of Indigo Cloud from a foe that can’t be seen (in the longest and best entry, “The Dark Earth Below”). The Raksura world features innovative and alien creatures; Wells thinks far outside the humanoid fantasy box. The line between animal and person is drawn extremely thin, and the power structure among the races resembles nature more than it resembles any human civilization. With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (June)
From the Publisher
“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 stories…I 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597805377
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
06/02/2015
Series:
Books of the Raksura Series
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
188,518
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Martha Wells was born in 1964 in Fort Worth, Texas, and graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Anthropology. She is the author of fourteen novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in eight languages, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Dutch. Her newest fantasy novel is The Siren Depths, published by Night Shade Books.

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Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Keebler62 More than 1 year ago
I think Martha Wells does an exceptional job at building alien worlds and sticking to the rules she sets up.   And yet, even as she creates a believable matriarchal society of shape changing dragon-like beings who live in a mountain tree, it's the "human" reactions -- like embarrassment at the co-worker who blurts out whatever is in his head or dealing with roughhousing kids or wanting to fit in to a home -- that really pop for me.   That said, I think that it would be difficult to fully appreciate this book without first reading the trilogy beginning with Cloud Roads.  Or, maybe reading it jointly, since this second collection of stories contains some taking place before the trilogy and some after.  By the way, for those with e-readers, there's a bundle of the trilogy.   Well, no matter how you combine it, the series is highly recommended.  I hope there's more coming.
OtterB More than 1 year ago
More Raksura, yay! The world of this series has that feeling that you'll find something new and strange – probably fascinating but possibly dangerous – around every corner. Plus people who have highly recognizable and relatable goals and fears and friendships and frustrations but are matriarchal bisexual shapeshifting lizard people. With disemboweling claws. What’s not to like? I'd recommend starting with the first book in the series, The Cloud Roads, but I think you'll be able to understand what's going on if you begin with this one.