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The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura)…
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The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura) (udgave 2011)

af Martha Wells (Forfatter)

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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.… (mere)
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Titel:The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura)
Forfattere:Martha Wells (Forfatter)
Info:Night Shade Books (2011), 300 pages
Samlinger:Read, Favoritter
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The Cloud Roads af Martha Wells

  1. 30
    Delan the Mislaid af Laurie J. Marks (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Fantasy worlds without humans, both featuring outcast winged characters- some similar themes, though the settings and plots are actually quite different.
  2. 10
    Ildbringerens fødsel af Meredith Ann Pierce (MyriadBooks)
  3. 00
    The Other Half of the Sky af Athena Andreadis (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Wells' story "Mimesis" in The Other Half of the Sky takes place in the same setting as her Books of the Raksura series.
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Struggled to get into the story a bit, but enjoyed the ending. I'll read the next one in the series. ( )
  Greenfrog342 | Jan 22, 2024 |
I've seen so many amazing reviews for this book, and I was excited to get into it. Unfortunately, it just didn't do a whole lot for me. I found the world building to be pretty good overall, but Moon annoyed me. The constant hand-wringing about how everyone hated him and he'd never fit in anywhere got old really fast. He's supposed to be 35 but he sounded and acted like he was 17. I didn't much care for any of the other characters either, and about half-way through I realized it didn't matter to me what happened to any of them. If it had been marketed as young adult fantasy, perhaps it would make more sense, because overall it seemed like a thinly veiled high school clique kind of book, and I really, REALLY wanted to tell Moon to stop sulking and just grow up already. So, yeah... not the series for me. ( )
  Elizabeth_Cooper | Oct 27, 2023 |
Sometimes you can learn a lot about a person by comparing themes across their works. Wells loves to write books about protagonists who are different and slowly come to find their place within a group. They have morally ambiguous pasts, about which they feel guilt. Her settings are expansive and luscious with rich world-building. Her villains have mind-control powers. It gives you a sense, right?

This was a very solid epic fantasy. I'm not in love yet, but I wasn't in love with murderbot by the end of the first book either. I'm interested to see what happens next. ( )
  settingshadow | Aug 19, 2023 |
This was really enjoyable! In a way it feels like a combination of Murderbot, "The Nascent Diplomat" by Not-Poignant, and the "Gargoyles" TV Show/comic series, all of which work together to be really fun!

The cast is awesome, and Moon is a wonderful ball of paranoia, hope for love, dry humor, compassion, intelligence, capability, and wounded pride. His backstory is crunchy, his journey is really exciting to follow, and his constant expectation to be pushed aside is tragic. He is wounded and lovely, and the way others reach out to him as he finds acceptance is so good, and the ways he struggles to handle that are sad and sweet. Wells shines in creating believably complex casts, and this is no exception. From Moon's initial groundling family and neighbors to the Raksura courts and the Fell, and the many other species on the Three Worlds, the universe is heavily detailed and fascinating. Stone and Moon's relationship is wonderful, and the way Wells plays with trust and suspicion is really great. Like Murderbot, Moon may be very anxious and paranoid, but he has valid reasons for it, and it's often a good survival instinct. Chime is another of my favorite characters, and his relationship with Moon is really sweet. Jade and Pearl are also really fun, and Selis is excellent as a curmudgeonly woman who just wants her life in order.

I'll admit I couldn't quite keep track of the many different species in this, but Wells' descriptions are quite good. Mostly I imagined something half-between the cover art and Goliath from "Gargoyles", and honestly if this story started as "Gargoyles" fanfiction with a bisexual/pansexual Goliath, I would not be surprised. That's not a bad thing, and I don't honestly think that's what happened, but it made it easier to imagine things, especially when it came to fights and Raksura crawling around on walls and ceilings.

For folks looking for more queer stories from Wells, yes, this book is queer. It's far less queer than Murderbot, but Moon and a number of other characters are overtly queer.

The plot itself is a lot of fun, and it's a great ride from one problem to the next, with a great fish out of water/outsider story, and some interesting things with gender stereotyping and dynamics. There is some gender essentialism and a caste system to this, if that's not your taste, but for what it is, it's well-written. I will say that even within that framework, Wells pushes boundaries. Queens may be always cis female, but they are warriors, too, and active participants in their court. Consorts may be cis male, but they help to care for a court's young, and there's no divide on men fight/women caretake/w/e, including courting rituals. There's even a reference to clownfish gender changes, which is pretty neat.

All in all, this is an excellent novel, and a great start to a series. If you're coming from Murderbot and want more Wells while waiting for the next book to release, start here, not with Ile-Rein (unless you reeeeally love detective fiction, in which case maybe you'd like "Death of the Necromancer", but it's still a really long slog). In many ways this feels like Murderbot but with fantasy shapeshifters, and if you love "Gargoyles" but wanted more queerness outside one comic issue most people never read, you'll probably love this, too. ( )
  AnonR | Aug 5, 2023 |
Loved it. ( )
  OhDhalia13 | Apr 9, 2023 |
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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.

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