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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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"Moon's world is populated by many different intelligent species (none of them human), and he has never known which one he belongs to. Orphaned at a young age, he's wandered from tribe to tribe, hiding a dangerous secret. Like the universally hated Fell, whose only aims are slaughter and conquest, Moon can fly — which leads to predictably violent cases of mistaken identity. When he does find his own people, the Raksura, life doesn't get any easier, since their internal politics are vicious, and they too are in imminent danger from the Fell. Cue hairsbreadth escapes and feats of derring-do, as Moon helps his new family evacuate their doomed colony and then rescues a group of kidnapped children. Wells (The Gate of Gods) merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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Tim Lewis, May 21, 2012 (view all comments by Tim Lewis)
I haven’t read something as unique and creative as The Cloud Roads in quite a while. It is a page turner from beginning to end and packs an immense amount of world building into a tight and entertaining book. Though there is enough in The Cloud Roads to be complete by itself, there is also plenty here to make me rush to read the next book in the series. Martha Wells has built a wondrous world here that exceeded my expectations.
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windwright, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by windwright)
My favorite SF read in 2011. The hero doesn't know what he is, but he can shape-shift from humanoid to a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in. His latest adopted tribe misidentifies him and in their fear... Well let's just say things start revealing themselves to him, what he is, who he is and how he fits into this unique society. I love that his people are ruled by queens and that the author weaves this society type in seamlessly. The story has lots of adventures and a lot of character development. The setting is unusual too. I can't wait for the next novel!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781597802161
Author:
Wells, Martha
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Science / General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
The Books of the Raksura
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 in 12.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Moon's world is populated by many different intelligent species (none of them human), and he has never known which one he belongs to. Orphaned at a young age, he's wandered from tribe to tribe, hiding a dangerous secret. Like the universally hated Fell, whose only aims are slaughter and conquest, Moon can fly — which leads to predictably violent cases of mistaken identity. When he does find his own people, the Raksura, life doesn't get any easier, since their internal politics are vicious, and they too are in imminent danger from the Fell. Cue hairsbreadth escapes and feats of derring-do, as Moon helps his new family evacuate their doomed colony and then rescues a group of kidnapped children. Wells (The Gate of Gods) merrily ignores genre conventions as she spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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