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  1. Mimi Mimi says:

    My favorite author is continuing my favorite series Doesn't get any better than this I'm always glad to be back in the Three Worlds and hanging out with the Indigo Cloud court it's like coming home again While this book is only one half of the adventure it's still a fulfilling tale that makes you eager for and I'm eagerly looking forward to the other half of the story Update May 2020While everyone is getting their Murderbot fix with Network Effect I'm returning to the Raksura and faffing about in the Three Worlds Reread July 2020Sometimes you just wanna be a sexy flying shapeshifting lizard person who live in giant trees

  2. Mayim de Vries Mayim de Vries says:

    “If eyes fall on this and no one is here to greet you then we have failed Yet you exist so our failure is not complete”Disclaimer this is not a bad bad book It is a bad good book It simply gave me less that I have grown to expect from Martha Wells and the Books of the RaksuraSince the whole series has been written in the 32 format theoretically although I would not recommend it you can start your Raksura gig here What makes this even possible is the fact that all that happens in the first 100 pages or so is a recapitulation of what has already transpired and reading this novel back to back with its predecessors I found the repetitions sometimes down to the minor detail a bit tediousIf I unleashed my snark I could even say that the whole book is a one fat rehash of the same pattern 1 danger is identified 2 long travel to a distant land ensues 3 giving the characters time to proceed with various personal dramas angst incorporated 4 which stop when they arrive at their destination 5 that turns out to be ancient magicremnant of a gone civilisation Warmed up plot devices from previous books are supplanted with the same set of tropes and so the old problems of identity book 1 belonging book 2 and past versus present book 3 are revisited again and again sometimes in an angsty way suitable for a YA than the adult fantasy tale Also the euilibrium between description reflection action that Ms Wells kept diligently throughout the original trilogy is lost here — and it baffles me because this book is longer than its predecessors so in theory there was enough space to balance things out On top of issues with pacing the continuing gender problem exacerbated thinnes of character development in this instalment As Moon is settling into his culturally ascribed role and everybody takes this for granted he has less opportunity for growth And because this series was and to a huge extent still is Moon centred this affects the whole design Because Moon is increasingly conforming to the predefined role within the Raksuran society lack of rationale for seamlessness of this process made me feel that the book started expanding sideways in breath not in depth This vast shallowness was also evident in the new insights into the Three Worlds While again we meet new species and see new sights in depth exploration is not there Also with the introduction of a new potentially fantastic protagonist view spoilerie the half Fell ueen hide spoiler

  3. Kristalia Kristalia says:

    Final rating 455 starsAnd done It was amazing This review will be spoiler less for non series readers up to the point I markNo uotes at the start because I highlighted so many sentences I forgot which one was the one I wanted to put So no uotes this time For those unfamiliar with the series I highly recommend it This is 4th and at the same time 6th book in order because of the two book in between that had a lot of short stories that were in fact useful and necessary to read This series has everything Literally Did I tell you that this fantasy throws all standard human social norms and behaviors out of window? Because it does just that Reversed gender roles? Checkueens in charge? CheckDragonoid shapeshifters? CheckUniue races and none of them are entirely human? CheckLGBT? Check Everyone is bisexualPolyamory? A standard in Raksuran CourtA race that can choose their gender before maturity? CheckAwesomeness? Check Check Check This series is among my absolute favorites from the book I The Cloud Roads had everything that I hadn't known I needed and I loved it for it But I made a mistake I should have waited for the last book The Harbors of the Sun to come out first Why? Because it is the only book with the cliffhanger so far If you hate cliffhangers my advice is to wait because this is a big one I'm in agony called waitingI had a bit of an issue with pacing but it was understandable because this time we have an actual arc And the first book in this arc gave us enough information of new characters and some of their culture and customs Did i mention amount of fluff it had? Tons of it Tons of fluff and I was surprised And also other POVs than Moon's The angst part hit near the end and it was like thiiiiiiiiiis i have been waiting for thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis because Martha Wells knows how to angst From this point on starts the section for Raksura fans so if you are not a reader of this awesome series don't read bellow but go and get the first book ► STORY CHARACTERS I will be merging Story and Characters sections because they are already well established through the previous books and there is no I can add well except for the new characters that appear such as Kalam what a cutie and Rorra a badass sealing cutie But on that a bit later Some very slight spoilers but nothing too seriousThere is actually no point in describing the plot of the story The synopsis does a great job of it There were twists in the story I certainly hadn't expected and I was amused and saddened by them I honestly can't wait to find out what happens in the seuelThere is a lot of fluff between Chime and Moon in a way even than previous books and I just loved that There was also a lot of scenes between Jade and Moon but I believe Chime and Moon took the spotlight this time It's such a blessing that polyamory here is real and that we have a perfect triangle of fluff and cuteness Honestly There were also POVs within Opal Night court members and Ember's as well Ember is so nice wonderful and even though he was so nervous he figured out someone else needed help to escape so he provided I am proud to see that because Ember is another wonderful character in this seriesThen there is Shade who is traumatized a lot since the happenings in third book but still has strength and will to go on in a dangerous territoryI was wondering when Moon was going to lose it to be honest Through the first books he was always on edge not trusting anyone but now that he finally realized that he found his home and that no one will abandon him any he is afraid of dying himself or Jade dying or both of them dying because it would mean leaving their clutch orphans just like he was He was so overwhelmed with it that he wanted to stay home and take care of them But then it changed and he went with Jade and other Raksura and groundlings on an expedition trying to prevent the vision they all had shared Don't get me wrong as much as Moon is stable now when it comes to Fell he can and he will fight but there is always that underlying fear that Fell will capture him and he himself knows what Fell have in store when it comes to Consorts like fearChime still feels useless but others are trying to tell him otherwise also can you tell that I love him so damn much? he is adorable And he is still not confident in his flying poor guyDelin is back and he probably just kidnapped himself on this expedition I shouldn't have expected it otherwiseDrift crying over the fact that River is going with Moon and company to once again prove that he is useful and worthy of going with them because he lost his place in the courtI was also so happy with the fact that Stone did not trust anyone on the Kish expedition to the measure he didn't want to show his other form and instead played a weak old man that later turned into giant but you know it was all for the shock effectMoon ended up with 8 children How can he resist their cuteness? The short answer is he can'tMoon fake fainting? Oh he was successful I can't even There were so many precious parts like for examplepredators come on board raksuran ueen literally sends the message you boarded the wrong ship you little shits and they collectively nope and fly away And many parts like that oneFrom the new characters I will talk the most about Kalam and Rorra Because they left the biggest impression on me Of course the whole crew was interesting but I have no time nor will to write about them all So here we goAlso Rorra is amazing notmermaid sealing who lost her fins and now she decided to stay aboard and help her newfound family She is also just adorable and has an aura of irritating races with good scents but she can't help it Stone is immune though WinksKalam is adorable He comes from a species Janderan that does not chose gender until they reach maturity He chose to be male and is maybe a bit too sheltered by his father Callumkal and is generally just inexperienced sometimes nervous and adorkable he entered sealing drug bar by accident instead of a trading station and Stone and Moon had to rescue him I definitely didn't expect him to have a crush on view spoiler Moon and that he even kissed him hide spoiler

  4. Mogsy (MMOGC) Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Edge of Worlds is the fourth novel of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura I haven’t actually read any of the previous installments unless you count the short story collections so I had some initial concerns about jumping in mid series despite it being billed as a new adventure Happily though this turned out to be a pretty great place to start my Raksura journey and I would strongly encourage others to try it out as wellThe story begins with a shared nightmare Moon wakes up from a dream about an attack from the Fell the enemy of the Raksura and finds out that everyone else in Indigo Cloud court also experienced the same visions No one is sure how to interpret what they saw but they do know that an omen like this cannot be ignored Soon their worries are compounded with the arrival of a groundling emissary who tells them that the people of Kish have discovered an ancient sealed city by the sea Callumkal the leader of the groundling expedition intends to find a way into the city and has come to the Raksura asking for help in this endeavorThe Raksura are torn on how to move forward There are fears that this ancient city may have been built by the forerunners distant Raksuran ancestors and no one could forget that the last sealed forerunner city they encountered was actually a prison for a monstrous creature of evil In the end though the Raksura of Indigo Cloud court decide to help the groundlings splitting themselves up into two groups One group would remain behind to guard the colony while the other one would accompany the groundling expedition to investigate the mysterious cityI’ve said this before and I’ll say it again; the Raksura are one of the most original fantasy races I’ve ever encountered in fantasy fiction For those who are unfamiliar with them taking in the sheer amount of information about Raksuran culture physiology and social hierarchy will probably be the most overwhelming aspect should you decided to start the series here The truth is the plot of The Edge of Worlds is actually uite simple and straightforward But the Raksura themselves? Not so much There are a lot of characters to meet details to learn I think I would have struggled had I not received a crash course about the Raksuran race back when I read volume one of Stories of the RaksuraBasically the Raksura are shapeshifters whose physical characteristics remind me of bird people but their societies are reminiscent of insect colonies There’s a ueen who rules and she and her mate called a Consort will produce royal clutches composed of ueens Consorts as well as Warriors that are infertile males and females who defend the court All three of these types are capable of flight and they are called the Aeriat Then there are the Arbora who are Raksura that have no wings but are capable climbers They are made up of Teachers who oversee the young Hunters who provide food Soldiers who guard the colony and Mentors who are seers with magical abilitiesIt’s a bit overwhelming at first but all the information about Raksuran ways can be picked up on the fly no pun intended Wells was clearly writing with new readers in mind because she provides plenty of information for us to understand what’s happening Presumably this book also takes place after the events of the previous novel The Siren Depths so there’s a lot of recap about what went on in the Raksura’s previous encounter with a sealed forerunner city along with the history of the FellAnd speaking of the Raksura’s enemies I loved the suspenseful build up to their arrival at the ancient city Martha Wells fills the expedition’s journey with interesting events so that even the parts that involved traveling were enjoyable and engaging As I said the novel’s plot is actually very simple but you get an incredibly rich experience nonetheless thanks to the fantastic world building and smooth pacingThis was also the first time I got to have uality time with Moon the series protagonist I only got to know him briefly from the first anthology so I really enjoyed seeing him as a fleshed out character here settled into his life at Indigo Cloud From the short stories I was able to glean some details of Moon’s past so I know that he grew up very differently than his fellow Raksura and therefore still has much to learn about the culture of the court as well as how to be a Consort His behavior and ways of thinking make him something of a wild card among his peers and it’s fascinating to see how that affects the social dynamicsIn sum I can personally attest that The Edge of Worlds is a good starting point for readers new to the world of the Raksura Taking in all its beauty and wonders may take some time but it’s worth it There’s certainly no lack of creativity in this series making it perfect for fantasy readers looking to escape into a totally original tale and settingAudiobook comments The audio edition of The Edge of Worlds is narrated by Christopher Kipiniak who also provides his voice for all the other audiobooks in the series I’ve long heard about his excellent performance on these books but this is the first I’ve ever listened for myself He has a very rich and powerful voice and I think much of the atmosphere I felt from the story was thanks to his superb narration Some of his voices for female characters sound awkward to me but I’m still beyond impressed by the huge range of voices he is able to perform I never had any problems distinguishing who was talking and considering the large cast of characters in this novel that’s no small feat

  5. Laura Laura says:

    binge binge binge Series binge BR with the lovely MayimBecause we love Moon and Malachite rocksThis one is action than feeling but I still loved it And just a little warning make sure you have the seuel at hand when starting this one because cliffhanger that will make you want to start the next book on the spot In fact I'm doing that right now D

  6. Connor Connor says:

    Hmm 35 Stars Video Review love the Books of Raksura series I love Moon and Jade and Chime basically all the characters I especially liked the introduced characters in this We haven't seen too many sealings so getting to know about them in this was great I really like learning about the other different species of people in this world generally and how their customs overlap and differ I love the explorations of these open ish relationships where Moon is romantically and physically involved with both Chime and Jade I like that Moon is the little spoon in almost every scene with Jade Even when the cuddling is in a non romantic familial situation Raksura are very touchy feely Raksura can be cuddling with their sibling one moment and then gutting a Fell in the next Awesome I have mixed feelings about how long this installment takes to get moving I appreciated that we got a lot of recap of who was who and how they were related to each other It's been years since I read the two collections of short storiesnovellas so it was awesome to be gently reintroduced to everything However it took much longer than necessary for things to get going Besides a one time hunting skirmish at the beginning the plot of this one is SLOW to pick up There is a lot of traveling which takes up the vast majority of this book I think this installment and the next one probably go together very well but this book doesn't have a whole lot of catharsis when you finish it There is so much build up with going to another ancient city with secrets to discover inside that I expected much from it Don't get me wrong there are a lot of things in motion that I'm excited to know about I'm pumped to see Shade and Lithe I really want to see their positions within the greater Raksuran culture explored further I want on what was discovered in the city which I'm sure we'll get but I thought some of the smaller plots would be completely wrapped up in this other than just knowing what was in the city I also thought the situation that we're in at the end of the book was so predictable because the foreshadowing was pretty heavy handed I won't spoil it for anyone but I'd be shocked if people don't know exactly whats coming from miles away All that said I still love this world these characters and this culture I'm here for anything Raksura and Martha Wells so I'll be reading The Harbors of the Sun soon hopefully

  7. Milda Page Runner Milda Page Runner says:

    This book doesn't have a conclusive ending and is best read back to back with The Harbors of the Sun

  8. Athena Athena says:

    Stunning I finished it 6 months ago and am still not worthy to write a review In this fourth book Martha Wells takes us on the beginning of a whole new adventure with the people of the Indigo Cloud court expanding on some plot elements from the first three books You really should read the first three before Edge of Worlds to get the full impact of the plot elements although Wells' writing is good enough that it is possible to read this one by itselfSo since June I've been drumming my fingers on a figurative table waiting waiting WAITING for the fifth book to come out Guess I'll just have to re read the previous four books while I wait D

  9. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    While this is book four in the series it picks up some years after the first trilogy and it forms a duology with the next book there's no conclusion in this oneThe Indigo Cloud Court has been peaceful for a long time but that peace is shattered when nearly the entire Court has a shared dream of a Fell attack Soon after a new flying boat arrives with strange groundlings and an old friend of the Raksura They bring news of a found ancient city of a type similar to the one that caused so much trouble in the previous book An expedition is mounted but like before the Fell are in the race as well with the prophetic dream indicating what's at stakeI love reading about the world of the Raksura It's interesting from the point of view of an ancient lived in world with many intelligent species coexisting in many different environments as well as the rigorous construction of the Raksura themselves The emotional journey inthis one isn't as compelling as in previous volumes Moon is so clearly grounded with his Court now doubly so now that he has relations with his birth Court There's of the half Fell half Raksura in this book which is interesting but not enough to satisfy It's clear there will be much in the next bookThere's also some issues around pacing with nearly a third of the book gone before the mission is embarked on and large parts of the book then end up feeling like a DD dungeon crawl with little emotional heft Lots of setup for an interesting finale though

  10. Allison Allison says:

    Yes A new Raksura series Full length novels about Indigo Cloud with Moon and Jade Sign Me Up Thank you Martha Wells

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The Edge of Worlds [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Edge of Worlds By Martha Wells – An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura shape shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups An expedition of groundlings from the Empire of Kish have traveled through the Three Worlds to the Indigo Cloud court of the Raksura shape shifting creatures of flight that live in large family groups The groundlings have found a sealed ancient city at the edge of the shallow seas near the deeps of the impassable Ocean They believe it to be the last home of their ancestors and ask for help getting inside But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors the Forerunners and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison The Edge PDF/EPUB or for an unstoppable evilPrior to the groundlings’ arrival the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches Now the court’s mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger A small group of warriors including consort Moon an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura’s idea of family and sister ueen Jade agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate But the predatory Fell have found the city too and in the race to keep the danger contained the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release itThe Edge of Worlds from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands uncanny beings dead cities and ancient danger.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 439 pages
  • The Edge of Worlds
  • Martha Wells
  • English
  • 24 April 2016

About the Author: Martha Wells

Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels including The Books of the Raksura series beginning with The Cloud Roads the Ile Rien series including The Death of the Necromancer as well as YA fantasy novels short stories media tie ins for Star Wars and Stargate Atlantis and non fiction Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in the final novel in The Books of the.