Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud Paperback – Oct 7 2014
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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
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Can not wait for future stories and hope the author does not stop playing in this world.
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.
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.
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.