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...
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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Stories of the Raksura: Volume Two: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
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.