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The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura) (edició 2011)

de Martha Wells

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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.… (més)
Membre:nocturnish
Títol:The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura)
Autors:Martha Wells
Informació:Night Shade Books (2011), Edition: 0, Paperback, 300 pages
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Etiquetes:martha wells, fantasy, raksura

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The Cloud Roads de Martha Wells

  1. 20
    Delan the Mislaid de 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.
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    Birth of the Firebringer de Meredith Ann Pierce (MyriadBooks)
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    The Other Half of the Sky de 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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Really enjoyed a world where the populations are diverse as heck, and the stories were excellent as well. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Meh. I could sort of see where the author was trying to go with this, but it didn't really work for me. Having your protagonist as a non-human requires very careful world-building and this didn't manage to achieve that. It was somewhat clunky to have Moon's mother flee with the children, and subsequently die, leaving Moon alone and hence require explanations of his species' way of life. There was too much exposition early on describing aspects that Moon should have already known.

Moon is a Raksura, a humanoid species capable of shapechanging into a winged demon-shaped creature. He lives on the Three Worlds - not explained - along with a large number of other humanoid species, most of which have some form of abilities, but few of which fly. Why there are so many humanoids of different types is not explained at any point, although presumably it's something to do with how the Three Worlds came to be, the characters all believe refers to land sea and sky. One of the other flying species are the Fell, who are, of course, evil predators with no culture or reason for anything other than destroying. They look remarkably like the Raksura, which leads to Moon being kicked out of his current home among some non-Raksura, when his identity is 'discovered'. He's finally found by some of his fellows, and is trying to learn to live in this new to him culture amidst all their expectations when the Fell arrive.

I don't like antagonists who are evil 'just because', and I'm not that keen on Protagonists having all kinds of special abilities either which the Raksura do, all split into different types which makes no sense. And I do like carefully explained world-building, even if I have to work out as it goes along, but even by the end there's no explanations, and so it feels like anything could happen next.

Does gain a bonus for having all the character names clear, easy to read and remember, and distinct from each other, more authors should take note of this!

I'm unlikely to continue with this series, although the author's SF novellas are very good. ( )
1 vota reading_fox | Nov 2, 2020 |
I'd just finished Murderbot 4 and was in the throes of "Martha Wells can do no wrong!" so I immediately ordered the e-book of the entire Raksura series.

Oops.

This was not for me. There's nothing obviously wrong about it (I'm giving her 2 stars, not 1), but yikes, it's a downer. Before I stopped reading (because life is finite and there are books better suited to me) I realised that not only was I very much not-into the protagonist (massive whiner) there was nobody else who was particularly interesting, aside from a grumpy groundling wife he had to leave earlier, and whom I didn't expect to appear again.

I'm better at realising I'm bored while watching TV, since reading a book is so active, and you're investing your imagination and all that ... but I was bored, so I stopped. Some readers were attracted to how there aren't any humans, but when it's about quasi-dragons having sex, it seems to be rubbing up into a kind of fetish entertainment, like those horrible self-published awful "I Was Forced By the Brontosaurus" nonsense dreck. I'm fine with humans and human-like characters with slight ear extensions, but not into scales and wings and all that. Plus, why turn into humanoids? Why not stay dragons? I don't get it. Seraphina was more palatable, by a long shot.

So, sadly (because I LOVE Murderbot and was hoping for something equally kickass) I've set this aside.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, but I grade on a curve! ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
Fantasy that very much reads like science fiction, with a great plethora of intelligent species and a magic system that feels—not mechanistic, but orderly and natural. Main character is a shape-shifter who is rediscovered by his kind, and becomes involved in a struggle to survive against a ruthless invading species. Quite fun, adventurous, put me vaguely in mind of both Avatar (the blue one) and Gears of War. ( )
  jakecasella | Sep 21, 2020 |
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Lee, MichaelDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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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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