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Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud Paperback – Oct 7 2014

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books (Oct. 7 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597805351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597805353
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #427,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

About 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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HASH(0xa2f4cf3c) out of 5 stars They did not disappoint. Moon is still Moon but has also noticeably ... Sept. 2 2014
By Arachna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read and adored all for the Raksura books so I was impatiently waiting for the new stories. They did not disappoint. Moon is still Moon but has also noticeably grown/settled and his relationship with the court has developed. While the story of Indigo and Cloud was excellently done by keeping Cloud very much not Moon but still very likable and relatable (which I would have thought would be tricky because our idea of the "perfect" consort is so tied up in Moon versus the "usual" consorts, or maybe that's just me). Though for me it was more the story of Cerise, who I liked a great deal. Moon will forever remain my favorite.

Can not wait for future stories and hope the author does not stop playing in this world.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2f4cf90) out of 5 stars Utterly fantastic: a world you will never want to leave Sept. 2 2014
By C. Bonorris - Published on Amazon.com
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How wonderful to sink myself once again into Martha Wells' delightfully rich and layered world building of the Raksura, a universe which seamlessly blends both science fiction and fantasy elements. In The Falling World, Moon shows his increasing mastery of complicated court traditions and politics (and his still somewhat obtuse and bullheaded approach to Raksuran interactions that so delighted me in previous novels.) When Jade and Chime, et alia disappear on a routine trading mission, Moon, Stone and crew hare off on a search and rescue mission that is the best kind of flying road trip, and find something absolutely astonishing.

The second piece is a novella in which we finally learn the full backstory of how Indigo "stole" Cloud, in a nice untwisting of the damsel trope. One of the things I adore about the Raksura novels is how customary gender relations do not apply in their culture. Another is how the byzantine dance of court diplomacy can avoid bloodshed in the right claws. Brilliant!

In addition, there are short stories such The Forest Boy, and if anyone was wondering how tiny Moon survived as a fledgling without a family, this is one such story, where he finds, for a short while, a home. Once again the microcosm is complete and satisfying, and your heart will ache for young Moon and his friends and the confusions of growing up. Also included is the story of when Chime, to his profound dismay, first shifts into an Aeriat. Oh, Chime.

I cannot recommend this volume highly enough.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2fbc288) out of 5 stars Short Stories, Repeats, Not Much Development. Oct. 8 2014
By Vastelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I absolutely love the Raskura and especially Moon, who is the main character. However I was a bit disappointed that though I knew it was going to be short stories ( a bit sad in and of itself) there was only one new one containing Moon really, and it wasn't about much.

The first short story does contain a small adventure, but no further development of his status in the colony, with himself as a consort, or anything is shown. It feels more like a filler story to appease those wanting to read more about him, but not really being satisfied as there was nothing in it that developed him or the colony from what was written.

The second story is about the history of the colony, and as a short story, yes it does add a bit of depth to the Raksura you find yourself reading about. It let's you learn how they came to be, and the relationships that were forgotten about and developed with other colonies generations ago.

The remaining 2 short, and I mean very short stories, can be found on her webpage. They are nothing new. And were put on her web page a few years ago. I guess it's nice having them in print, but really, I am disappointed. Martha Wells claimed she was going to be publishing a couple other short stories over a year ago on her webpage, but they never came to be. I would have hoped that her promise on them would have a least filled those last pages instead of repeats of what she already freely put out for others to read.
HASH(0xa2fbc180) out of 5 stars Loved it! The characters are so real to me-- ... Oct. 31 2014
By DS - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it! The characters are so real to me-- can't wait to find out how the first clutch goes for Jade and Moon in vol 2...Wish Martha Wells could write as fast as I read; I hate to wait! I'm also waiting and hoping for a 4th book for Ilias and Tremaine- the Fall of Ile-Rien series..
HASH(0xa2fbc36c) out of 5 stars Wonderful Novella Set Sept. 30 2014
By Jessica B. Peters - Published on Amazon.com
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Stories of the Raksura by Martha Wells was a wonderful set of Novellas. All the stories included offered new insight into the characters of her Raksura novels, as well as expanding on an often mentioned historical event from the colony of Indigo Cloud. It was satisfying to finally know the full story of Indigo and Cloud, rather than just the snippets discussed within The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths.

Wells' writing does not disappoint. Each of the novellas was a self-contained plot and story, leaving the reader satisfied with each novella, and wanting more at the same time. More in regards to the inner workings of the courts would be excellent, as the intricacies involved in court life are fascinating.


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