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The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells
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Mar 28, 12

bookshelves: owned-print, owned-kindle
Read from March 27 to 28, 2012

The plot is good, but not particularly unique ("orphan finds his place in the world and has to work towards both accepting it and getting it to accept him" mixed with "smallish group of protagonists work to overcome the threat of an evil rac"e). The characters were interesting and enjoyable to read about - their names are often silly and not everyone is as fully developed as they could be, but overall they are both believable and likable. What really makes this book special is Wells' obvious skill at creating richly detailed alternate worlds. Descriptions of the world and the races the inhabit it set a perfect balance between being striking and vivid and being unobtrusive in the overall flow and pacing of action. The beautiful imagery made it easy and enjoyable for me to visualize both places and races. The races in particular were fun - no two were the same, and they were unique and interesting (no dwarves, elves, or orcs here!). I am looking forward to checking out the sequel soon.
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