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Edge of Worlds: Volume Four of the Books of the Raksura (udgave 2016)

af Martha Wells (Forfatter)

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Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Series 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 for an unstoppable evil. Prior 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 queen 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 it. The 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. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.… (mere)
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Titel:Edge of Worlds: Volume Four of the Books of the Raksura
Forfattere:Martha Wells (Forfatter)
Info:Night Shade Books (2016), 355 pages
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In the fourth full-length installment of the Books of the Raksura, Moon and his companions journey with a group of groundlings to an ancient abandoned city that may or may not have been built by forerunners, the common ancestor of both the Raksura and their enemy, the Fell. I felt that this was the weakest book of the series that I have read so far. The pace dragged through the first three quarters of the book, as the characters were mainly concerned with getting from point A to point B with not much happening along the way. It didn't help that the basic plot (journey to an ancient forerunner city) was similar to that of the third book, making me feel that I'd read all this before. Also, Moon's role in the series has changed. The first three books were concerned with Moon trying to adjust to his new life as a Raksuran consort, but by now, that's not really a concern, and the interactions between the Raksuran characters in this installment were not that interesting. I was expecting some conflict with River, but even that didn't really happen. Then, the book ended on a cliffhanger, my least favourite type of ending!

That said, I still love these characters and this world, and I was happy to read this book, especially after the pace picked up and things got a lot more exciting in the last several chapters. It was interesting to get a few differnet viewpoints other than Moon's, and I was especially glad to see Shade and Lithe again. Wells's world-building is still terrific, and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. ( )
1 stem Heather39 | Aug 28, 2021 |
You know it's a good book when you suddenly reach the end without realizing it and starting shouting a string of profanity because there isn't more to read. Then another string of profanity when you look up the next book and find it doesn't come out for another two months. ( )
  MonicaJohnson | Jun 22, 2021 |
Read 2016, favourite. ( )
  sasameyuki | Aug 12, 2020 |
Things I really like:
*The amazing and original worldbuilding, especially the wide variety of sentient (and non-sentient) species.
*The diversity in character development this allows, including casually treated polyamory and bisexuality (although those may not be quite the right words for a species with such different procreation and childrearing practices)
*Specifically in this book, I like the added touches of character development for Moon and Jade as we see what it does and does not mean for them to be parents now, and the new character Rorra, who turned out to be one of my new favorites.
I also really liked seeing more of the Fell/Raksura crossbreeds, especially this new queen. I am really intrigued to see where things go with her (and am hopeful that the Fell's breeding experiments end up backfiring on them as she becomes another ally of the Raksura instead).

What I didn't like as much: a lot of this book felt like it was moving very slowly. There's a lot of sailing around without really knowing what's going on. Yes, we get character development throughout, but the A-plot is pretty ponderous and only really picks up in the last quarter of the book. Also, I really could have lived without the cliffhanger at the end. I am terrible at waiting years for resolution!

In general, though, this is another solid novel of the Raksura, and I will be looking forward to the next book in this series.

I received a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways, which encourages recipients to provide an honest review - thanks to the publisher for the free copy! ( )
1 stem elenaj | Jul 31, 2020 |
This one is not as good as the previous. For the first two thirds of the book, it is essentially the same plot as the second book but with less interesting settings. The end was exciting, but the action resolution and cliffhanger were not satisfying at all. (We switched to River's point of view, I thought we were going to get a dramatic rescue from him and Rorra, or at least an interesting part to play. Or a mistaken use of a fire weapon accidentally starting a bloodbath. That thread led nowhere.)

2.5 stars rounded up. ( )
  gabarito | Feb 28, 2020 |
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Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Series 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 for an unstoppable evil. Prior 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 queen 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 it. The 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. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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