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The Edge of Worlds

(The Books of the Raksura #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,089 ratings  ·  247 reviews
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 ances ...more
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Night Shade
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Abbie Kline Martha Wells said in a blog post that there will be an Audiobook "...and it will have the same narrator Chris Kipiniak (yay!). Audible didn't decide t…moreMartha Wells said in a blog post that there will be an Audiobook "...and it will have the same narrator Chris Kipiniak (yay!). Audible didn't decide to do one until early April and they take about three months to produce, so it should be out by early July [2016], I hope.".(less)

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My favorite author is continuing my favorite series. Doesn't get any better than this.

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I'm always glad to be back in the Three Worlds and hanging out with the Indigo Cloud court--it's like coming home again. While this book is only one half of the adventure, it's still a fulfilling tale that makes you eager for more, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the other half of the story.

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Update: May 2020

While everyone is getting their Murderbot fix with Network Effect, I'm returning to t
Mayim de Vries
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
“If eyes fall on this, and no-one is here to greet you, then we have failed. Yet you exist, so our failure is not complete.”

Disclaimer: this is not a bad *bad* book. It is a bad *good* book. It simply gave me less that I have grown to expect from Martha Wells and the Books of the Raksura.

Since the whole series has been written in the 3+2 format, theoretically (although I would not recommend it) you can start your Raksura gig here. What makes this even more possible is the fact that all that happ
Final rating: 4.5/5 stars

And done! It was amazing! This review will be spoiler-less for non series readers up to the point I mark.

No quotes at the start because I highlighted so many sentences I forgot which one was the one I wanted to put. So no quotes this time.

For those unfamiliar with the series, I highly recommend it. This is 4th and at the same time 6th book in order (because of the two book in between that had a lot of short stories that were, in fact, useful and necessary to read). Thi
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Edge of Worlds is the fourth novel of Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura. I haven’t actually read any of the previous installments (unless you count the short story collections), so I had some initial concerns about jumping in mid-series despite it being billed as a new adventure. Happily though, this turned out to be a pretty great place to start my Raksura journey, and I would strongly encourage others to try it out
*binge-binge-binge* Series binge BR with the lovely Mayim
Because we love Moon and Malachite rocks!!!

This one is more action than feeling but I still loved it.

And just a little warning: make sure you have the sequel at hand when starting this one because... cliffhanger that will make you want to start the next book on the spot! In fact, I'm doing that right now. :D
Jan 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy
Hmm [3.5 Stars]

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I love the Books of Raksura series. I love Moon and Jade and Chime - basically, all the characters. I especially liked the introduced characters in this. We haven't seen too many sealings, so getting to know more about them in this was great. I really like learning more about the other different species of people in this world generally and how their customs overlap and differ. I love the explorations of these open-ish relationships, where
Milda Page Runner
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This book doesn't have a conclusive ending and is best read back to back with The Harbors of the Sun. ...more
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of anthropology, fantasy, alternate worlds & damn fine writing
Stunning - I finished it 6 months ago and am still not worthy to write a review! In this fourth book Martha Wells takes us on the beginning of a whole new adventure with the people of the Indigo Cloud court, expanding on some plot elements from the first three books. You really should read the first three before Edge of Worlds to get the full impact of the plot elements, although Wells' writing is good enough that it is possible to read this one by itself.

So since June I've been drumming my fing
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
While this is book four in the series, it picks up some years after the first trilogy, and it forms a duology with the next book (there's no conclusion in this one).

The Indigo Cloud Court has been peaceful for a long time but that peace is shattered when nearly the entire Court has a shared dream of a Fell attack. Soon after a new flying boat arrives with strange groundlings and an old friend of the Raksura. They bring news of a found ancient city of a type similar to the one that caused so much
Yes! A new Raksura series! Full length novels about Indigo Cloud, with Moon and Jade.

Sign. Me. Up. Thank you Martha Wells.
Melissa McShane
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book marks the start of a new adventure for Moon, Jade, and the Raksura of Indigo Cloud. A dream shared by all the members of the colony indicates their enemies, the vicious Fell, may soon attack and destroy Indigo Cloud. It's not until an old friend arrives in company with others who have an unusual proposition that they begin to make sense of the dream. The newcomers, the Kish, have found an ancient, uninhabited city they can't get into, and they know the Raksura have explored such a city ...more
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 stars

While I didn't like this one as much as the absolutely excellent third book, The Siren Depths, this fourth book in the Books of the Raksura series was nonetheless very good by the end.

My main issue was that the first half wasn't as suffused with emotion or evenly paced as I have found the earlier books to be, however, things did pick up substantially and become much more emotional in the second half. Whatever the pacing issues, I continue to be quite astounded at the sheer originality o
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Martha Wells. Long before Murderbot we had Moon. I read the original series about six years ago and love them. I’m now reading the new two.

Slipping back into the world is effortless. The characters are so well-fleshed out and still so different but equally similar to us.

This ends on a cliffhanger and luckily I have book 5 at hand. If any of my favourites die there’ll be serious words Ms Wells!
Feb 21, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-ebooks
3.5 stars rounded down because the rhythm of the story was somehow uneven, and I wasn’t completely able to immerse in the tale. At any rate, it’s good to be back in the Raksura’s company. I’m going to start reading the next book straightaway.
Seregil of Rhiminee
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Martha Wells' The Edge of the Worlds is an outstanding and delightfully original fantasy novel for adults. It's a wonderful new instalment in the Books of the Raksura series. It's an unputdownable novel that hooks you from the very start, because it begins a new story arc that expands the author's fantasy world in an entertaining and exciting way. It's an excellent antidote to bland and mediocre fantasy novels that most bookshops are filled with, because it's
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Raksura are back, and a new problem arises, a few years after Moon and company's experience in that prison from the "Siren Depths". Moon and Jade now have a clutch, and consequently, Moon feels torn at the thought of leaving them to investigate the cause of a horrific dream of a Fell invasion of Indigo Court.
Encountering an old friend, Delin, the raksura join with a groundling expedition to a new city, similar enough to the prison to have the Raksura deeply concerned. The Fell quickly make t
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆

Jade: "Not every problem can be solved by you trying to get yourself killed."
Moon: "Not every problem but this one could be."

Then a bit later.

Moon: "We were slowing it down for you because you're old."
Stone: "Slowing it down by throwing yourselves into its mouth? Did you think it was a picky eater?"

Moon! You always crack me up! I love you!

I LOVED THIS! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS! But now I'm crushed! I have another year to wait. That ending! That slight cliffhanger! Whhhhhhhhhhy?!?!

I loved
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable place to jump in. I had a bit of catching up to do since I haven't read the first trilogy, but there were enough hints to help me out. There were a few too many references to past events to really call this a standalone trilogy though. The world and magic and entire ecosystem is so fascinating and my heart was pounding during the action scenes. There is a bit of a cliffhanger though so be warned! ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Not as good as the others

So yeah, this wasn't great. Though it did have some of the things that made the other books so awesome: likeable characters, fascinating landscapes and cities and a wide variety of interesting races.
But some things just didn't sit right with me. What irritated me the most was the development of the main characters Moon and Jade pertaining to their gender roles. The Raksura have always had a very strict gender system with prescribed roles for males and females - like the
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an open end part 1 of a two-parter, so I will write my review at the end of the second book.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is the fourth book in the Raksura series and I'm going to be honest, what actually happens in the story, plotwise, wasn't all that interesting to me as our favourite Raksura join up with the perpetually curious and undaunted historian, Delin, and a group of groundlings and sealings intent on discovering the secrets of another ancient city. After their experiences in The Siren Depths, the Raksura are nervous about anything that could be related to their forerunners, but if this city was buil ...more
Jul 18, 2018 rated it liked it
There's a pattern to the Books of the Raksura. The first sixty percent or so seems to really focus on the characters and their emotions and drama. There's not a lot in the way of plot, and there's is very much a lot in the way of angst. Then the plot kicks in and whatever drama was upsetting Moon is either resolved quickly or put aside until the action finished, whereby its solved quickly after. I definitely enjoy the why does Moon feel bad this times portions of the books over the action portio ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This book should really be called "Edge of Worlds: Chapters 1-23, we'll publish the rest when we feel like it." Because it's really not a stand-alone, or even a part of a series, in any way shape or form. Very little actually happens in this book, nothing whatsoever is resolved, and it ends so abruptly that at first I suspected my kindle app ate some of it. Until I saw the "About the Author" blurb on the last page... And even then I doubted myself and went back to Amazon to see if I missed somet ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.
Clare O'Beara
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
You may or may not have read the previous books - it would be easier to pick up the tale if you have, since this is a continuing adventure with references to earlier scenes. The Raksura are a winged lizard folk, who can shapechange, and who live in forest canopies. They are invited to go on an expedition in this tale. The world they are adapted to ends at the coast, after which sealings, or selkies as we would call them are adapted to the ocean. Moon and his queen Jade head off to see if a rumou ...more
Elizabeth Spencer
Jul 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
The Edge of Worlds is the first book in what I'm guessing is a new Raksura trilogy. (So it's technically #4, but the first three stand alone as a singular plot arc.)

In any case, The Edge of Worlds is set about two years after the original books. Indigo Cloud has settled in to its new home, Jade and Moon have their own children, and everything seems well... until the entire court has a shared dream about a Fell attack destroying their court. When their old friend Delin comes by to ask for their h
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-magic
I'M YELLING BECAUSE Martha Wells didn't end her previous books like this but she did now and WHY DID SHE BETRAY ME THIS WAY.

Don't take me wrong, this book is excellent and true to the spirit of the series. The author has an exceptionally vivid imagination, and that shows in her inventiveness with different species, their cultures, morals, even the tools they'd devised for their everyday use. The Three Worlds is so vast that one people doesn't even know how the others live, and they puzzle over e
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonhuman-pov
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Sep 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Despite enjoying time spent with Moon, Jade and Stone and the other Raksura of Indigo Cloud, the story read too much like a repetition of her previous Raksura series. The plot involves groundlings luring the Indigo Cloud court off to join an expedition to an ancient city, that may or may not be a site of the Forerunners (the distant ancestors of Fell and Raksura). Their old scholar friend Delin joins them. As in previous books the Fell have to stick their wing in and complicate matters. A rumore ...more
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Ok, now I have the author's modus operandi. The characters travel a long way, with interpersonal conflicts and adjustments taking place. Then they get to a really weird place, not much happens, but somehow they get out of the dangerous place. And of course they fight their biologically closest relatives, the Fell, and more will be the next book! But, really the Raksura and their world are pretty interesting and the books are somewhat compelling. Just not much happens in them. I ...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)
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