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The Cloud Roads

The Cloud Roads

Volume One of The Books of the Raksura
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Trade Paperback - $14.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597802161
Published: 03/01/2011

Mass Market - $7.99
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ISBN: 978-1-949102-18-5
Forthcoming: 11/05/2019

Ebook
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ISBN: 9781597803038
Published: 03/01/2011


Now available in mass market paperback, The Cloud Roads is the first in the Hugo Award-nominated Books of the Raksura series, from New York Times-bestselling author Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries).

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 he 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 the shape-shifter 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.

Praise for The Cloud Roads and The Books of the Raksura
"Breathtakingly surprising and fun. Wells is a master worldbuilder.”—The New York Times

The Cloud Roads has wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before.“—N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

“Truly inventive and stunningly imaginative world building perfectly melded with vivid, engaging characters make the Books of the Raksura one of my all-time favorite science-fiction series.”—Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series

"That rarity—a completely unique and stunning fantasy world.”—Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear


“Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be—poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up.”—Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War

“With these books Wells is writing at the top of her game, and given their breadth, originality, complexity, this series is showing indications it could become one of the landmark series of the genre.”—Adventures Fantastic

“An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through.”—Publishers Weekly

“Martha Wells' Raksura books are dense, and complex, with truly amazing world building, and non-human characters who are quite genuinely alien, yet still comprehensible and sympathetic.”—Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade novels