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Stories of the Raksura, Volume 1: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud

(The Books of the Raksura #0.1; 0.2; 0.4; 3.6)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,414 ratings  ·  164 reviews
In The Falling World, Jade, ruler of the Indigo Cloud Court, has travelled with Chime and Balm to another Raksuran court. When she fails to return, her consort Moon, along with Stone and a party of warriors and hunters, must track them down. Finding them turns out to be the easy part; freeing them from an ancient trap hidden in the depths of the Reaches is much more diffic ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Night Shade (first published September 2nd 2014)
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N.K. Jemisin
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Really liked this one. The stories are painfully brief but chock full of awesome Raksuran goodness: new chances for Moon and Jade to be awesome, new characters, a few surprise shots of old beloved characters, new revelations about the Three Worlds and the Raksura. I want another full-length novel, but until/unless we get that these snack-size versions will do nicely. My favorite part of this is "The Tale of Indigo and Cloud", because it gives us a chance to see the ancestors of the court we know ...more
Did a quick reread because I couldn't help it. It's been THREE years since--can't believe that either. Still as amazing as the first time I read it. These stories will never age. (June 2018)

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The cover artwork for this series is just stunning. I love them all.

We return to the Three Worlds with this volume of four adventure-filled short stories (actually two novellas and two short stories) featuring characters from all three previous books and with special guest appearances by Indigo and C
Final rating: 5/5 stars

It is very rare for me to give 5 stars to the collection of short stories set in the same world. Or short stories in general. The usual highest I give is 3 stars. But I want to say these are fantastic additions and give more insight into the world and have other POVs. Since this one is the first volume, I will write generally about the both of them.

I highly recommend you to read all of the stories in both volumes - a lot happens in them and there are more things that were
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Stories of the Raksura is a delightful romp into Martha Wells’ world of the Raksura – even if you have not read the main series. I have been meaning to get to her Books of the Raksura for a long time now but still haven’t found the opportunity yet, so I was very happy to get my hands on this collection.

Of course, I had the usual concerns: How much do I need to know before jumping in? Am I going to be able to follow along w
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tale of Indigo and Cloud
A very beautiful tale in the world of Raksura, exploring a piece of history of the Indigo Cloud colony, with characters we only knew from other characters' stories. The idea and writing are very good, and I especially loved the strong female protagonists, much more so than the queens from the main novels (except Malachite, of course 😜)
First of all, for those of you who already know these gems that are the Raksura and love them, I found both novellas to be complex and surprisingly satisfying for their shorter length. They sucked me right back into the world, and I really loved them. There are also two short stories included, which were a fun bonus when I wasn't ready to let go yet, but they were too short for me. I just can’t be satisfied with such tiny snippets, but the novellas did feel complete enough to be filling little b ...more
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a superb collection of short stories set in the world of the Raksura. This is not the place to start if you haven't read any of the books, but extremely satisfying if you have.

The Falling World
A short adventure that takes place not long after the events of book 3 of the main series, The Siren Depths. The Reaches continue to contain mystery and danger previously unseen by the Raksura. This was like a short form of the novels, with rich descriptions of both the world and the intensely emot
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice little story with a fledgling Moon who almost finds a home with a family of varied groundlings.

Merged review:

The story of Chime's transformation from Arbora to Aeriat.
Poor Moon.

Two kids found another wounded boy while searching among debris. The boy is accepted, but Tren start to feel...

Setting in a world with people using cargo animals, hunting and fishing, and people of different colors: green, gray, etc. Discrimation and prejudice still run though. And predator danger.

Descubri esta serie por una reseña en GR. Se ve interesante.

Merged review:

Not all the changes are good. Specially when the subject is not happy about it.

A glimpse in the everyday life of arbo
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
As much as I enjoyed Stories of the Raksura and will definitely be going back to read the original stories (beginning with The Cloud Roads), this is a difficult read for a newcomer to the worlds of Martha Wells. I don't regret giving it a read for a moment, but I do regret not having read the previous novels first.

There are a lot of nuances to the stories that I just didn't get, particularly in regards to the relationships, but I'm sure fans will pick up on them right away. Having said that, the
Seregil of Rhiminee
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Martha Wells' Stories of the Raksura: Volume One: The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud is an excellent collection of Raksura stories. Everybody who enjoyed reading Books of the Raksura trilogy will be thrilled to read this collection, because this collection demonstrates that there are plenty of intriguing stories to tell of the Raksura and the Three Worlds.

To those readers, who have never read Raksura novels and are not familiar with the Raksura,
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to MrsJoseph *grouchy* by: Mimi
Time on Mt. TBR: 1 year, 4 months as of 8-Jun-2018.

So, again amazing.

I didn't finish "Forrest Boy" as I couldn't take the heartbreak.
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers of The Raksura novels
Four tales set in the world of the Raksura which I gobbled up because I have less self control than a four-year-old in an all-she-can-eat ice cream parlor … which is a great idea for a little business right there, if you're rich & don't have to make money off your business venture. Rich folk, pay attention - great little ice cream charity idea! :)

The Falling World & The Tale of Indigo and Cloud are longer stories, The Forest Boy and Adaptation are shorter; I loved 'em all though I'm the first to
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Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
OMG! OMG! MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON! I LOVE MOON! I loved these short stories. Normally, I don't read shorts in series because I generally find them a waste of time but Wells is a fantastic author!

I'd totally throw a dozen tea pots at Jade if I thought I could steal him from her. D:< But then Moon would get upset and he gets violent when he's upset.

I really love the gender switch here. It's kind of funny to see how everyone expects the consorts (all males) be passive and shit.
Jan 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
[4.5 Stars] Wow, it was amazing to get back with this world and these characters again. You definitely have to read the original trilogy before reading these novellas and short stories, but they really add a lot. They tell some of the stories I had been really curious about while reading, so it was awesome to get answers. The Tale of Indigo and Cloud was so frickin good. That one was 5 stars for me. The others were really good but not at the 5 star level, so overall I gave the volume 4.5.
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
"The Tale of Indigo and Cloud": Um I skipped it because I was afraid it would ruin my headcanons
"The Forest Boy": This is the most Moon story ever! But kind of boring. 4/5
"Adaptation": Chime has the actual worst day ever. 4/5
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed the books, check out the short stories! They are asides, or new adventures, or little views into other creatures from the world. Lots of fun, made me want to read the books again.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
First Reads Review - Stories of the Saksura, Volume 1 by Martha Wells

This was the first Martha Wells that I have read, and while some might say that it's not the place to start at all, I find it a great sign that I can pick this up not having read the other Raksura books and still like it as much as I did. The setting is fresh and interesting, the characters charming, and the stories as a whole weave together to make something that makes sense, that is entertaining and emotional and good. It's a
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Stone. As a fledgling. Go read now.

It's only a cameo appearance, but I think I squeaked aloud when it happened. Thankfully with no witnesses -- I stayed up late to finish this book the day it came out. I have so much affection for the characters in the Books of the Raksura (and considering the number of rereads and recommendations I've racked up for the trilogy, I really should go back and raise its star ratings) that it's hard to view this volume objectively. I actually burbled at the clerk of
Three prequel short stories to The Cloud Roads and one novella set between The Siren Depths and The Edge of Worlds.

"The Falling World" - A trading party including Jade and Chime goes missing, and Moon, Stone, and others set off to find and/or rescue them. Lighter on interpersonal character dynamics and Raksuran sociopolitics than I prefer, but it's a good adventure story with some nice character development for Chime.

"The Tale of Indigo and Cloud" - I love this story. Plenty of Raksuran politic
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shifters
4 Big Wonderful Winged Stars.

Now to resist starting Volume 2. If I start it now I'm just going to binge-read and I will love it but then I will hate myself. I have to make it last a few months, until another book is released.


Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know why reading about polyamorous shapeshifters who live in a tree is so homey but it totally is. Maybe because they all live with extended family? Maybe because they're always fighting? Maybe because my soul has scales? Who can tell. ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Four short stories, interesting and useful in understanding more about the origins and history of the Indigo Cloud Court and also an event in the life of a very young Moon, before he was found by the Raksura.
DNF, unfortunately. I tried it on audio from Audible Plus catalogue, and it didn't grab me. ...more
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When you have completed reading the five main books of the Raksura series, these stories help alleviate the emptiness of no more Jade and Moon.

We revisit that world with The Falling World, a further adventure that takes place in the Reaches, and has Moon and friends searching for a missing Jade, Chime and company. Another completely original story that has mystery and adventure, with the characters we have grown to love. This premise was so good, and could have been filled out into a full length
Axel J. Sparrow
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
so i read this one on an eight hour round trip across the country, and managed to forget that i was on a bus full of screaming teenagers for the entire book. i am so, SO invested in this entire series, i love it to pieces, i love everything about it. the worldbuilding, the characters, the descriptions - how beautiful the prose is while still being straightforward and easy to follow. it's... just... gods. if you love fantasy and haven't read the Books of the Raksura yet, go and do yourself a favo ...more
Brian Palmer
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
A collection of novellas in the same world as The Cloud Roads, these stories are adventures featuring some familiar characters and exotic locales. The setting is almost Vance-ian ; the Raksura are shapeshifters (most of whom have a winged and humanoid form) who live in colonies, ruled by collections of queens. Their society is very caste-based (the castes seem to be partially magical and partially biological based, as there may be multiple races that interbred to form the Raksura); interactions ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I'm deeply enamored by the Raksura series. The only thing that I didn't like about this short story collection is that it made me want to go out and re-read the trilogy for the second time this year. The stories in this volume are tightly plotted but probably not best for people new to the Three Worlds. I'd recommend starting with the Cloud Roads instead. My biggest fear was that since the stories don't all focus on Moon and Jade that I wouldn't enjoy them as much, but that turned out not to be ...more
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Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hug ...more

Other books in the series

The Books of the Raksura (5 books)
  • The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1)
  • The Serpent Sea (Books of the Raksura #2)
  • The Siren Depths (Books of the Raksura, #3)
  • The Edge of Worlds (The Books of the Raksura, #4)
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