M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak
My first exposure to this world and Martha Wells came through Audible audio books.
I cannot rave enough about the outstanding job Chris Kip..Show More »iniak did with the narration. His range of character voices made it so easy to follow the dialogues between several characters. Of course, as talented as Chris is, he still needs a good story to read to us.
The Raksura stories by Martha Wells (The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea) are wonderful. The world she created and the characters therein are beautifully crafted and detailed to make it easy to visualize each scene, no matter how outlandish they may seem (I mean, come on, a city built on the back of a giant sea creature?). But it all seemed plausible, and was definitely entertaining. Good character development, and the relationships developing between Moon and the other characters, and between the other characters with each other were deftly handled. Not too much to be boring, but enough to give us an idea, and a satisfaction, that they would all become the people we hoped they would be. Martha's sense of humor is terrific, too ("Moon had been Jade's consort for 11 days now, and so far no one had tried to kill him. He thought it was going well.")
I may have to buy these two books for my Kindle reader so I can revisit these stories, and parts thereof whenever I want.
Martha Wells world is exciting, beautiful and intriguing. Christopher Kipiniak makes the story come to life. His performance in this and the next tw..Show More »o books make for some exciting Sci Fi and Fantasy that is like nothing else to which I have listened. A+ to the entire series.
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..Show More » 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 have enjoyed all of Martha Wells Raksura books and this collection of two novellas and two short stories is no exception. It has all the diversity o..Show More »f culture and creature I have come to expect and delight in in these works and along with an intriguing mystery. All the stories are well read by Christopher Kipiniak.
in the first Novella The Falling World, Jade, who left on a diplomatic mission, has gone missing and its up to Moon and Stone and Company to discover her groups strange fate and, if possible, rescue them from it.
The second Novella is The Tale of Indigo and Cloud, which is the love story that gave the court of Indigo and Cloud (the central court in the novels) its name. it is a comedy of manners and romance where the participants have disemboweling claws which adds an intriguing level of difficulty to the proceedings.
The short stories are The Forest Boy, which gives us a look at what Moon's early life was like and Adaptation that tells the story of what happened when Chime changed form from a mentor or to a warrior.