The Cloud Roads 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

  • Title: The Cloud Roads
  • Author: 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 discovered and cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape shifter like himselfmeoneMoon 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 discovered and cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape shifter like himselfmeone 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 powerat his extraordinary lineage is crucial to the colony s survivald that his people face extinction at the hands of the dreaded Fell.Moon must overcome a lifetime of conditioning in order to save and himselfd his newfound kin.

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    1. Martha Wells

      Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including the Books of the Raksura series beginning with The Cloud Roads , the Ile Rien series including the Nebula nominated The Death of the Necromancer as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie ins, and non fiction Her most recent fantasy novels are The Edge of Worlds in 2016 and The Harbors of the Sun forthcoming in July 2017, the end of the Books of the Raksura series She will also have two new SF novellas, The Murderbot Diaries series, forthcoming from Tor in 2017 Her books have been published in eight languages.She has had short stories in the magazines Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Lone Star Stories, Lightspeed Magazine, and Stargate Magazine, and in the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, The Other Half of the Sky, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, Mech Age of Steel, and The Gods of Lovecraft She has essays in the nonfiction anthologies Farscape Forever, Mapping the World of Harry Potter, Chicks Unravel Time, and The Kobold Guide to Magic She has also written media tie in novels, Stargate Atlantis Reliquary, Stargate Atlantis Entanglement, and Star Wars Razor s Edge.

    768 thoughts on “The Cloud Roads”

    1. This book was a total surprise It didn t really look all that interesting to me based on the jacket copy stock story, possible last of his kind looking for a place to belong, etc But where other stories end last of his kind finds a place is pretty much where this story started, nearly ended, then started again Moon finds his people early in the book, and it s not a happy experience for him He learns that a he s a member of an especially coveted subgroup within his people, and b he is simultaneou [...]

    2. Tired of the orphan s heroic quest as he ventures into the world to discover himself and claim his birthright Don t give up yet Wells has managed a satisfying twist on an old trope by creating species and setting that feel quite alien Cloud Roads is certainly one of the most original fantasy worlds I ve read in months, and the steadfast plot provides familiarity when navigating the strange races of the Three Worlds Moon knows he is different he s been unable to find anyone quite like him since h [...]

    3. Final rating 5 5 starsHe spoke the thought that had become increasingly obvious all day long, with every interaction he had had I don t belong here Stone made a derisive noise You re afraid you don t belong here There s a difference This book is the prime example of how to do world building If there is something exceptionally strong in this book, it s completely alien high fantasy world building where there are almost no humans barely normal Earth like humans at all The closest thing to humans a [...]

    4. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2016 10 28 Finally making good on my promise to go back and read The Books for the Raksura from the beginning, I decided to pick up The Cloud Roads with the SF F Read Along group Up until this point, I had only read one volume of the Raksura short stories as well as The Edge of Worlds which is formally the fourth book of the sequence but can also be read as a jumping off point for a new era of the series As such, I started The Cloud Roads with the [...]

    5. Great world, lots of adventure, and so many interesting creatures.The Cloud Roads begins with a solitary Raksura shapeshifter named Moon, who had been living among various groups of groundlings for most of his life but had never been able to fit in anywhere He doesn t even know what he is or where he came from.This is high fantasy unlike anything I ve ever read before, and it s a breath of fresh air Martha Wells writing pulled me in right from the start and didn t let go until I finished the who [...]

    6. Three realms sea, earth, and sky Everyone remembers the sea realms, but they ve forgotten the sky realms It s been so many generations since the island peoples fought among themselves They re mostly gone now, with no one left to tell the stories Moon wondered if he had been right about the sky islands all along Is that where we re from His gaze distant, Stone said, No We ve always come from the earth La historia comienza con Moon, viviendo en una comunidad de cazadores recolectores l siempre ha [...]

    7. Martha Wells, you had me at disemboweling claw.The Cloud Roads is high fantasy and by that I mean NO HUMANS ALLOWED Instead, there are all kinds of interesting species those of the air, those of the land and those of the sea but the main character Moon has never met any that are like him When he was very young, Moon s family was killed and ever since he s been searching far and wide, hopping between tribes of groundlings, in search of who and what he is Even troubling, the closest species resem [...]

    8. The Cloud Roads is a fairly traditional fantasy novel with worldbuilding that at first seems fairly original It took me until I was about halfway into the book before I realized why it felt derivative Of course saying a fantasy novel is derivative is not necessarily a bad thing I think fantasy readers sometimes overrate originality Very few great fantasy novels are great because their worlds are so unique and different it s the characters and the sweep of the story that makes them great.The bigg [...]

    9. More reviews can be read The BibliosanctumTL DR Review 5 stars Totally accurate portrayal of my reaction when I finished This book Aw yeah Highly recommended for people looking for something different in the fantasy genre, especially as far as the characters themselves are concerned.Longer Review The Cloud Roads introduces us to Moon, an orphaned shapeshifter who has spent years living among the groundlings traditionally humanoid looking races disguised as one of them Moon has long given up on [...]

    10. I was not enad with this book although I realize that some of the points that caused my dislike might be exactly the same points that attracted other people to this unusual novel StoryThe story is entertaining, although not very original, and the pacing is okay Most of the 3 stars go to the story A young shape shifter Moon is living with a tribe of hunters, camouflaging as one of them He s been an orphan for a long time and he doesn t know what race he is He knows he is different but he has stop [...]

    11. Many works of fantasy tell epic tales without a single non human character in them Most have largely human casts with a sprinkling of non humans thrown in for effect a few elves or dwarves or demons But here we have a world, it seems, with no humans in it at all The main character, Moon, is a Raksura, a shapeshifter a humanoid in one form, and a somewhat reptilian winged creature in the other His family was killed long ago, leaving him to survive amongst the groundlings , a variety of humanoid s [...]

    12. This one caught me right from the first page It was so nice not to have to work so hard to get into something I ve had a string of those lately It just carried me right along, and didn t drag at all Refreshing The Cloud Roads is a non YA high fantasy set in a very alien world There are no humans the species that we meet have scales, shells, or wings, and are very colorful Some live on land, some in the air, and some in the water There s the feeling of a large and varied world beyond what we are [...]

    13. This book was really good It was an interesting to me take on dragons, though they aren t technically called dragons I was actually kind of surprised by how much I liked it So much so that I m really tempted to continue this series and that s saying a lot coming from me and I may just end up bumping my rating to 5 stars once I start writing my review For now, I just wanted to say this was a great way to end the MacHalo Summer TBR Cleanout Bonanza RTC Laterish.

    14. This was on my to read pile I grabbed it to fill a couple of free reading hours, except I quite literally could NOT put it down read straight through to the end Devoured it, actually, and got way behind on the chores It s indisputably in my top ten remarkably inventive readable books of the last decade I even bought the next two books because my usually reliable county library has gasp NOT GOT THEM Onward Martha Wells has done a brilliant job of world building, creating a place with creatures qu [...]

    15. Originally published at The BiblioSanctum ETA April 3, 2016 I keep returning to this book, the beginning of an incredible series, filled with such incredible world building and characters that I have come to love so much I see that I only gave it four stars initially, but under these circumstances, I really should have given it the full go So fixing that now.Moon has spent his life working to fit into the other societies, but when he finds his own, he has difficulty I appreciated the way Wells b [...]

    16. I greatly enjoyed this book Sure, it s got some obvious flaws but the plot feels fresh, and it s easy to feel for main character Moon.On the upside 1 As I previously mentioned, the plot didn t feel quite like everything I ve read before Sure, if you squint a bit it can be seen as poor lost farmboy discovers he s a prince and goes on a quest, but it really doesn t fit that mold very well For one thing, the poor lost farmboy is at least 35 years old at the beginning of the story, so he has lots an [...]

    17. Reread 2016 12 27 I m happy to say that this book is still at 5 fabulously shifting stars What a ride Recommended to any fantasy fan Even if you think shifters aren t your cup of tea I was a bit hesitant myself , give it a try This isn t a book with an epic plot or a sprawling conflict stretching across continents and complicated politics, with multiple POVs and a thousand pages and I love those, too It s not trying to be that It s a character driven book, with really really great writing, and a [...]

    18. I feel like I ve had the experience before of reaching the end of a Martha Wells book, reading the short author bio, and going ohhh, that explains it Wells has a background in anthropology, and so when she worldbuilds, she worldbuilds like an anthropologist with a thorough understanding of the wild diversity of human cultures, which she builds into her nonhuman ones For me I think that was the real draw of the book I kept waiting for humans to show up, or species with a clear human analogue, but [...]

    19. I pre ordered this on faith on the author s writing and then kept postponing reading it Maybe because while the author is an autobuy for me, I did not quite love her previous steampunkish alternate world fantasy trilogy But this I loved wholeheartedly, right from the start and feel stupid it took me months to finally get to it I don t know what to call this type of setting Vance an Tanith Leean The very old decaying world not Earth though with many no longer quite human races and old abandoned c [...]

    20. I decided to pick this fantasy novel after reading All Systems Red by the same author earlier this year It was a gamble and I m sorry to say it didn t work for me I can t deny that this novel is original, but I couldn t warm to the characters, too creepy for me.

    21. This series was on list of N.K Jemisin s Favorite Epic Fantasies and I am glad I decided to give it a chance Now it is also on my list of favorite fantasy novels too I would not call it epic, but maybe because my mind is poisoned and I expect epic fantasy to have mile long books and medieval setting This book is not that.The world of Three Realms is original Plant, life and creatures that inhabit it are simply fantastic And descriptions of flying islands, ancient ruins and architecture will leav [...]

    22. This is not the usual sort of review that summarizes aka, gives away the plot Rather, I want to talk about why this book made such a good impression on me, and the one small thing that bothered me The Cloud Roads is that curious beast, a book that defies genre labels Mind you, I m not saying it transcends its genre I hate that phrase, because it implies that genre is a bad thing, and I have no problem with genre.The Cloud Roads is impressive because it mixes genres in an interesting way The book [...]

    23. reviewstaphorosis 3 starsMoon, a solitary shapechanger in a decaying world, is set out for sacrifice by the groundlings he s been living with He s rescued by a man who claims to be another of his kind, and who needs his help I started reading Martha Wells twenty years ago, when her debut novel The Element of Fire came out I picked up her City of Bones soon after, and then The Death of the Necromancer and Wheel of the Infinite With the first two books, I was enthralled this was clearly a writer t [...]

    24. What a great story This had a really interesting world setting and the people of this world were so varied and diverse I loved the dragons, or Raksura, as they are called in this world Short description Moon is a wanderer, a shape shifter with no family The only family he recalls having are his mother and his four siblings but they were all killed when Moon was still a child by vicious monsters called the Fell He learns to hide his dragon form from the other groundlings and manages to assimilate [...]

    25. 3.5 5 starsDespite the flaws, and my few complaints, this is a series I will probably continue with While the plot is rather lackluster when compared to the world, Wells really started something unique here It s easy reading and what I consider to be detachment fantasy, and there s nothing wrong with that There s nothing wrong with a little predictability when it s balanced with such a creative, wonderful word While I had hoped that Wells would have spent a little time elaborating on cultures a [...]

    26. Wow I met Martha Wells through her short fiction in the anthology we re writing in together Tales of the Emerald Serpent Ghosts of TauxHaving now found and read this novel I m even blown away by her imagination and humanity Wonderful stuff I ll be reading

    27. The world building was fantastic and the story was pretty good I only wish there was dialogue in between all those cool characters It was weird, probably good weird to see the queens act like male warriors and whatnot Jade asking Moon if he wanted jewels or gold was hilarious

    28. Enjoyed this as a light, fun read fascinating setting, quick pace, engaging characters Kudos to the author for putting a satisfying ending on a series book That ethic is altogether too rare.

    29. blog The Three Worlds is one of those fantasy creations you just can t get enough of Reading The Cloud Roads, I wanted to find out about the groundlings and their different cultures I wanted to know about the floating islands, the seas and underwater realms I must admit my irrational self was disappointed that the book didn t let us see of this, but at the same time, I knew that if it had, it would have distracted from the main story Wells was trying to tell.This book was diverse, but not in [...]

    30. I must warn you I m sick and grumpy It will likely affect my review I loved this book I cracked the cover to check it out while tidying my shelves and became trapped inside its pages I wasn t freed until my eyes involuntarily shut, then I finished it the moment I was able to open them again a few hours later What a rich, detailed world Wells created, but she wrote with the sensibilities of an action adventure novelist Fast clipped and thrilling I especially enjoyed how Moon, the main character, [...]

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