I have recommended and will continue to recommend The Tales of the Raksura series but no one listens to me. Just in case, though... If you are looking for a series of fantasy novels that defy Tolkien-true tropes, this series for you. Set in the Three Worlds, a world whose geography and inhabitants are almost wholly unfamiliar from our own, Martha Wells' flying dragon shifters are so familiar to us because of their humanity. I love this series wholeheartedly. Start with The Could Roads. Our hero, Moon, doesn't even know what he is or where he's from. That's wonderful for the reader because we get to know the Raksura and the Three Worlds as Moon searches for a place to call home. Then, in the second novel, The Serpent Seas, Moon and members of the Indigo Cloud court have to fight to make their home safe and secure. This third novel very satisfactorily answers our remaining questions about who Moon really is and where he's from. It's lovely how the author turns traditional gender roles around and then has her characters subvert them some more. Brilliant.
I can't begin to choose. Okay, Moon first. He's prickly and prone to fighting and loyal and honorable. Then, Stone who is even more prickly, prone to fighting and is ancient, to boot.
When Malachite refers to Moon and Jade as children (even though she's telling them to shut up), I knew that she had accepted Jade as Moon's queen, even though it means he must leave her and his new found home.
I am a child of the 80s and was surprised that the numerous pop music references included almost nothing of hip-hop. But maybe that was just my 80s.
It's a dystopic science fiction novel which makes it interesting but we seem to be deluged by dystopic fiction lately. That may be off-putting to some.
Since I am not a video gamer, the description of the game action in parts of the novel had the same effect on me as drawn out battle scenes in other novels - snooze-inducing.
Wade winning the first key, of course.
Yes, even though I had issues with some aspects of the novel, it was thought-provoking and ultimately positive.
Unfortunately, I am not a videogame fan so I didn't fall head over heels in love with the story. But I ended up liking the story quite a bit. The enjoyment that I experienced is due in part to Wil Wheaton's performance.
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