Stories of the Raksura, Vol 1
by Martha Wells
Series: The Books of the Raksura #1
Setting: The Three Worlds
Published by Night Shade Books, 2014
Synopsis: In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more difficult.
The Tale of Indigo and Cloud explores the history of the Indigo Cloud Court, long before Moon came to Court. In the distant past, Indigo stole Cloud from Emerald Twilight. But in doing so, the reigning Queen Cerise and Indigo are now poised for a conflict that could ruin everything.
Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted, and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With two brand-new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of Raksura has many more stories to tell…
“The Falling World”
Stone hissed in more than his usual level of annoyance. “You’re good at feeling sorry for yourself, but I don’t want to hear it just now.”
Moon snarled and pushed to his feet. Stone caught his arm and yanked him back.
- As soon as I opened this book I was happy I was back in the world of the Raksura. It’s so much fun to read about Moon, Jade, Stone and all the others from the three books.
- In this novella, Jade and Moon are separated for much of the story. The story is told from Moon’s point of view and once the Indigo Cloud Court realizes Jade and her entourage are missing Moon is determined to find them.
- I like Moon’s determination and interactions with the other Raksura especially Stone. Stone is the line grandfather of the Indigo Cloud Court and the Raksura who found Moon.
“The Tale of Indigo and Cloud”
Raksuran life was all about living without killing each other.
- So happy to read the story. The three books (The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea and The Siren Depths) all have given hints about Indigo and Cloud (who started a new Court when they led Raksura to a new home).
- The Raksura have lots of rules for interacting with other Courts, but Indigo turns that on its head when she steals Cloud from another court.
- However, it’s not as simple as that. Whether or not it’s a simple abduction or not this could mean war between the Courts.
- Some of this story is about Cerise (Indigo’s birthqueen). She must try to figure a diplomatic way out of the problem Indigo has caused. I like the cunning and intelligence she shows.
- Indigo is also very strong and intelligent. She realizes what she wants and goes after it.
- Cloud isn’t the usual shrinking violet that consorts are.
- My favorite part: Stone is a child during the story!
The book also has a short story, a prequel and appendices:
“The Forest Boy”
- Moon as a boy wandering the Three Worlds after he is orphaned. Shows that he never was able to fit in anywhere.
A Prequel to The Cloud Roads
- The story of Chime’s change from mentor to warrior.
- Appendix I provides names and information about the members of the different Courts.
- Appendix II tells about the two breeds of Raksura and the castes in each group.
- Appendix III explains about the Fell (who are mentioned very little in these stories, but are very important in the three novels).
And a few thoughts . . .
- I really enjoyed these stories. So much fun to read the two novellas. My favorite is “The Tale of Indigo and Cloud.”
Have you read this book? How did you like it?
- Martha Wells is the author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Books of the Raksura series, Star Wars: Razor’s Edge, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as short stories, nonfiction, and YA fantasy. Her books have been published in seven languages.
- Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.