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

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

by Martha Wells

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597803038
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Series: Books of the Raksura Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 61,365
File size: 463 KB

About the Author

Martha Wells was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1964, and has a BA in anthropology from Texas A&M University. She is the author of ten previous novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Element of Fire, Wheel of the Infinite, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. She has also had short fiction published in Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate Magazine, Lone Star Stories, and the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, and has articles in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever and Mapping the World of Harry Potter. She lives in College Station, Texas, with her husband.

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The Cloud Roads 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
MatNastos More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this book 6 stars because it surprised the heck out of me with how much I enjoyed it. The author created an incredibly unique setting that was a lot of fun to get to see and explore with the lead character. It really reminded me of how I felt when I read "Dragonriders of Pern" back in Junior High School - how I was never really sure what was going to happen or what was waiting around the next corner. Great book by a fantastic author. It made me a fan.
jmf_83 More than 1 year ago
This is scifi with a truly original slant -- I adore the world this book is set in, and love the diverse and well-rounded characters. I always like Martha Wells' books, but this one is a real favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
read it four times, couldn't put it down, great series!
Skuldren More than 1 year ago
The Cloud Roads is an imaginative experience that surely stands out from its fellow fantasy novels. At the heart of the book is the tale of a character trying to find his place in life, but around him is a setting that is profoundly different from anything in the real world. It is a place inhabited by strange humanoids, flying islands, and a nefarious race of flying creatures called the Fell. Most of the inhabitants can fly, some can shapeshift, but the one thing they all have in common is that none of them are normal. The book stars Moon, a shapeshifter whose family died when he was young. He doesn’t know what kind of creature he is, and he’s never met another member of his own kind. Living with groundlings (people who do not have wings), he tries to fit in, but it never works. Yet his life changes when he meets Stone, a shapeshifter like him. Stone tells Moon what he is, where his people can be found, and about their way of life. This new knowledge begins to spark a kernel of hope in Moon that he might finally find his place in life. The story is interesting in that it has a slow, steady pace throughout that remains engaging and entertaining. It’s not exactly a page turner in that you can’t put it down, but it’s one of those books you have to come back to. The world Martha Wells creates is pure food for the imagination. This is partly because it is so unlike any other. There are floating islands in the sky, kingdoms on or under the sea, and no familiar land masses or cities. The people come in all colors. Many of them have unique features like tails, tusks, scales, or wings. The one thing there is none of is humans. A lot of the fun in the story is the exploration of this world and its inhabitants. The other half of the fun is Moon’s journey. The action in the book is centered on the conflict between everyone and the Fell. The Fell are a race of creatures that destroy everything they encounter. Like ancient Rome, they do not invent their own things, but take from others. They come in several different types: dakti, kethel, and rulers. They all have wings and they’re all destructive. If one of their kind dies in combat, they won’t hesitate to consume the corpse. The more powerful Fell can even influence other races’ minds. Through the story, Moon learns that the Fell are threatening his people. If he wants to find his place in the world, he’ll have to fight for it. I loved the inventiveness of the book and how fresh it was from typical fantasy. There isn’t much that is normal about the story. I also liked how the tone of the story stayed mellow. It wasn’t a dark tale or a lighthearted, happy story. Instead it was somewhere pleasantly in the middle. The characters were fully fleshed out, believable, and realistic in their decision making and actions. Moon’s adventure was also thoroughly enjoyable. Best of all the ending was not a cliffhanger. It was substantial enough that the reader can stop right there. Of course there are two more books in the series, so if the reader wants to continue he journey, the option is available. If you’re tired of elves, dwarves, orcs, and humans, then The Cloud Roads is definitely a fantasy story worth checking out.
OldReaderVa More than 1 year ago
consistently very good writer
AdrianneM More than 1 year ago
Martha Wells worlds are glittering gems, each one more fascinating than the last. Her characters in The Cloud Roads are very well drawn, and the tension between them keeps the reader guessing. The plot has fantastic twists and turns. I read far, far too late into the night because I couldn't put it down.
Librarian247 More than 1 year ago
This is a great new book by one of my favorite authors. I always look forward to new Martha Wells books, and this one lived up to my expectations. The characters are fully realized individuals -- they are believable, complex, and compelling. They made me care about their struggles, but more importantly, they made me care about them as individuals. The setting is a fascinating new world, and I enjoyed exploring it. The societies, cultures, beings, and environment are all interesting separately, but meld together into an even more interesting whole. Add to this a plot that keeps you wondering what will happen next and great dialogue (always a hallmark of a Martha Wells book), and the result is a book that's hard to put down. I highly recommend this.
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BabaTaro More than 1 year ago
I read all three books this week.  Very hard to put down. There are great review here, to give you an idea of the plot, I just want to add this: If there were really a race of intelligent dragons, the Raksura would be it.  The building of a unique race with unique characters, is unparalleled.  
shadowVP More than 1 year ago
I have read this book several times from our library and decided to purchase it for my ereader so I can enjoy it whenever I want. I really hope this author continues to write more about Moon, even after the third book. There needs to be more.
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enadal More than 1 year ago
Great start for the series... This was my first time reading a scifi and I truly enjoyed it! This has become my new favorite series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A unique fantasy world with great characters, plotting, suspense. Unusual species, family organization, situations. Wells is always good.
SophieRose More than 1 year ago
I wasn't captivated at first but, after the first chapter, I couldn't put the book down.
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I apsolutly loved the cload roads I thamk Martha Wells for writing such an amazing bool!
Ampris More than 1 year ago
Great fantasy story. The Raksura are well developed and the plot takes an interesting turn. Moon is easy to relate to and full of surprises. The climax blew me away! I couldn't wait to finish it so I could read it again.
Lord_Pendragon More than 1 year ago
The first in a series, The Cloud Roads follows the adventures of Moon, a shapeshifter able to take a humanoid dragon-like form. He's been an orphan since he was a child, trying to fit into non-shifter societies and failing as often as not. But early on in the novel he is discovered by his own kind, and the plot takes off from there. Moon is an extremely likable, well-defined character, and easy to relate to. He knows nothing about his people, and his insecurities in trying to fit in, his fears of forming emotional attachments for fear of being hurt, and his courage in struggling to make things work, are things many readers will recognize. The writing style is lighter than say, George R R Martin, but that does not mean simple. Wells is a talented writer technically, and her prose flows smoothly. An amazing read, highly recommended.
CaliforniaNookLover More than 1 year ago
Fascinating world! Well written
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KEKimbriel More than 1 year ago
Welcome to a panorama of world building that you may not have seen for a while. Martha Wells always takes us places we haven’t been before, and in her Books of the Raksura, her new series from Night Shade Books, she’s brought us SF that is wonder, exploration and adventure all rolled into one. Moon is a young orphaned adult adrift in a world not his own. He can pass, for the most part, among the people he lives with, but he hides a dangerous secret. He has another form – and he can fly. A strong resemblance to a dangerous flying species called the Fell has caused him catastrophic problems in the past – and nearly gets him killed once again. But this time, someone chooses to save him – someone who bears a strong resemblance to him. Someone who claims to know what he is, and where he belongs. So Moon’s journey continues, from loss to hope and finally, in the end, finding belonging and love. This book has many different sub-themes – friendship between different people (who in this book are literally different peoples!) belonging, alliances with Others for mutual benefit and protection, fighting for life and freedom – but the strongest thread in the weaving is Moon’s search for self, and a place to call home. The only reason I haven’t re-read this book yet is because it remains so vivid in my mind. I nominated this for the Nebula award. Recommended!
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