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The Edge of Worlds summary The Edge of Worlds, series The Edge of Worlds, book The Edge of Worlds, pdf The Edge of Worlds, The Edge of Worlds dd831a2c86 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 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 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


10 thoughts on “The Edge of Worlds

  1. 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 t 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


  2. 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 Raksura.Since the whole series has been written in the 3 2 format, theoretically although I would not recommend it you can start your Raksura gig here What makes this evenpossible is the fact that all that happIf 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 Raksura.Since the whole series has been written in the 3 2 format, theoretically although I would not recommend it you can start your Raksura gig here What makes this evenpossible 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 tedious.If 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 magic remnant 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 waysuitable for a YA than the adult fantasy tale Also, the equilibrium 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 spoiler i.e the half Fell queen hide spoiler , the fact that the series sports one dimensional bad guys the Fell becomes truly jarring Maybe Ms Wells wanted to shift the focus from Moon to other characters Indeed, there are POV changes introduced for the first time in the series However, the changed narratives and certain alterations when it comes to syntax suddenly the Raksura are swearing casually, if mildly, and I really don t understand why this occurs made me wonder whether I am really still reading the same series.In general, the novel is less compelling and vibrant whereas the previous three were for me a one sitting read, I struggled with the Edge of the Worlds as it was not able to grip me Essentially it is a bloated version of The Serpent Sea with less action and character development, butspectacular, albeit not so intricate, worldbuilding and an inconclusive ending, which means that if you invest your time here, you should be prepared to continue Proceed with caution.___Also in the series 1 The Cloud Roads 2 The Serpent Sea 3 The Siren Depths 5 The Harbors of the Sun


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    Final rating 4.5 5 starsAnd done It was amazing This review will be spoiler less for non series readers up to the point I mark.No quotes at the start because I highlighted so many sentences I forgot which one was the one I wanted to put So no quotes 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 Thi Final rating 4.5 5 starsAnd done It was amazing This review will be spoiler less for non series readers up to the point I mark.No quotes at the start because I highlighted so many sentences I forgot which one was the one I wanted to put So no quotes 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 Check.Queens in charge Check.Dragonoid shapeshifters Check.Unique races and none of them are entirely human Check.LGBT Check Everyone is bisexual.Polyamory A standard in Raksuran Court.A race that can choose their gender before maturity Check.Awesomeness 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 waiting.I 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 noI 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 serious.There 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 sequel.There is a lot of fluff between Chime and Moon, in a way eventhan 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 series.Then 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 territory.I 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 isafraid 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 fear.Chime 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 guy.Delin is back, and he probably just kidnapped himself on this expedition I shouldn t have expected it otherwise.Drift 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 court.I 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 effect.Moon ended up with 8 children How can he resist their cuteness The short answer is he can t.Moon fake fainting Oh he was successful I can t even There were so many precious parts, like for example predators come on board, raksuran queen literally sends the message you boarded the wrong ship you little shits and they collectively nope and fly away And manyparts like that one.From 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 go.Also, Rorra is amazing not mermaid 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 Winks Kalam 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 , but he was so fascinated with them that it wasn t all that surprising Hehehe.And finally, the Fell Here s a twist There was a view spoiler Fell Raksuran Queen hide spoiler who is a confused little bubble of insecurities and is prone to making mistakes, but it was definitely a Fell Flight I wanted to knowabout and I can t wait forof them in the future OVERALL Great sequel Not as amazing as the books before, but it is a set up for the bigger picture, ends up with a cliffhanger and is cute, fluffy, with angst at the end, full of adventure, awkward moments, some bad flirting, fake fainting, catching boyfriend so he doesn t crash land, mentors being mentors and arguing who should go, the royal clutch 1 being reasonable bunch, cuties being cuties, a lot of alksdjalksdjlasjasd moments OTHER IMPORTANT INFOStandalone No Part of a series Point of View Third POV, multiply characters Cliffhanger Yeeeeeees Triggers nothing new Angst Mostly near the end D Recommended Just read this and scream with me REVIEW S RELATED TO THIS BOOK The Cloud Roads Books of the Raksura, 1 The Serpent Sea Books of the Raksura, 2 The Siren Depths Books of the Raksura, 3 Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1 The Falling World The Tale of Indigo and Cloud Stories of the Raksura, Volume 2 The Dead City The Dark Earth Below The Edge of Worlds The Books of the Raksura, 4


  4. 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 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 well.The 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 endeavor.The 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 city.I 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 quite 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 struggledhad I not received a crash course about the Raksuran race back when I read volume one of Stories of the Raksura.Basically, the Raksura are shapeshifters whose physical characteristics remind me of bird people, but their societies are reminiscent of insect colonies There s a queen who rules, and she and her mate called a Consort will produce royal clutches composed of Queens, 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 abilities.It 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 Fell.And 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 pacing.This was also the first time I got to have quality time with Moon, the series protagonist I only got to know him briefly from the first anthology, so I really enjoyed seeing him as afleshed 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 dynamics.In 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 setting.Audiobook 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


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    binge binge binge Series binge BR with the lovely MayimBecause we love Moon and Malachite rocks This one isaction than feeling but I still loved it And just a little warning make sure you have the sequel 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. says:

    Hmm 3.5 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 knowabout them in this was great I really like learningabout 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 Hmm 3.5 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 knowabout them in this was great I really like learningabout 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 anon 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 stories novellas, 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 muchfrom it Don t get me wrong, there are a lot of things in motion that I m excited to knowabout I m pumped to see Shade and LitheI really want to see their positions within the greater Raksuran culture explored further I wanton 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


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    This book doesn t have a conclusive ending and is best read back to back with The Harbors of the Sun.


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    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 itself.So since June I ve been drumming my fing 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 itself.So 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


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    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 one.The 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 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 one.The 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 stake.I 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 sof the half Fell half Raksura in this book which is interesting, but not enough to satisfy It s clear there will be muchin the next book.There 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. 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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