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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 evil.

Prior 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.

©2016 Martha Wells (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Next Book Please

I love this book series and can't wait for Harbors of the Sun to come out as an audio book.

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Great Audible version

Excellent story, enhanced by the voice acting.
I enjoy Martha Wells' work and recommend it!

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Seriously?

A split book? Almosy all of the content was a rehash of the last book. Incredibly annoying to read and then you end on a cliff hanger? Wow. Money hungry I guess.

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Love Martha Wells & Glad I found her Writing...But I Hate Cliffhangers

The heading says it all. I first saw a Wells science fiction novel about the Murderbots, & was immediately hooked by her writing. And now I’ve tackled ( read: devoured) most of her work.

But I do hate cliffhangers & this is the first of her books that really did end on a total cliffhanger.

That said, I’m anxious for the next in the series!

Christopher Kipiniak does a great job throughout the series and juggles the multiple voices (and species) with real dexterity. Excellent performance.

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Same pros and cons as the rest of the series

Just like the previous Raksura books on Audible, I enjoyed the story, but dislike the narrator. Chris Kipiniak voices the characters in an overblown and cartoonish way that significantly detracts from the experience. He's not bad enough to make me swap to a text version (I have very poor eyesight) but almost.

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A different world

Martha Wells has created an interesting and very different world here. I love the fact that there are no "humans" although most (but not all) species in the book are at least humanoid. The whole adventure has been entertaining. I especially enjoy that these books are less about a "dark lord" conceit and more about the adventures/romance/intrigues of Moon and the court of Indigo Cloud.
I did have a couple of issues with this book. The perspective shifts from Moon a couple of times (I think for the first time in the series?) and I felt it was a little jarring and out of place. Also, at this point there are SO MANY Raksura with names but not really distinct personalities or plot importance especially towards the beginning of this book.
With all of that said I still recommend this book and this series if you are a fantasy reader looking for a change of pace. Mr. Kipiniak is, as ever, a capable and pleasant narrator. Please, please please release "The Harbors of the Sun" on Audible!

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Book 4 of the Raksura saga

The story continues. As usual wonderful. The narration at the beginning felt a bit off to me but as I listened to the other chapters it was much better. Looking forward to the follow-up to this story. I found "Don't make me wake my mother "
one of the best lines in the story. Still smile every time I think of it.

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More action and surprises

The Raksura get more interesting and their story gets more compelling than ever. Wells continues to develop the characters and Kipiniak continues to hold me spellbound. I’m just a little disappointed at the ending of this book. Of course I want a next book, but the prior stories gave a more satisfying ending. This one feels almost like it ended mid sentence.

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LoVEd it! can't wait for the continuation :-)

Loved the new characters, and storyline. great build up and finished at just the right place in the story

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Great story and series. But. . .

What made the experience of listening to The Edge of Worlds the most enjoyable?

The story is really well narrated with Kipiniak giving great voices to the characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Stone, the aging only gets better in their world. Love that.

Have you listened to any of Christopher Kipiniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This performance is well on par with the rest of the series. Brilliantly done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Had an extreme reaction at the end. One of disappointment as the book just abruptly stopped.

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Love this series

Not sure what it is about this series but I love it. This particular book is a bit slower and not as gripping as the others but it’s still good. Wasn’t prepared for the cliff hanger ending though. Can’t wait for the next instalment.