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The Harbors of the Sun

(The Books of the Raksura #5)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 ratings  ·  207 reviews
A former friend has betrayed the Raksura and their groundling companions, and now the survivors must race across the Three Worlds to rescue their kidnapped family members. When Moon and Stone are sent ahead to scout, they quickly encounter an unexpected and potentially deadly ally, and decide to disobey the queens and continue the search alone. Following in a wind-ship, Ja ...more
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Night Shade Books
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Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
*binge-binge-binge* Series binge BR with the lovely Mayim
Because we love Moon and Malachite rocks!!!

And it's over! I can't believe it's over!! I don't want it to be over!!!

A great end to a fabulous series! I really loved this one. ♥️♥️
Mayim de Vries
“I can’t stop you from going. And I admit it’s exactly the sort of mad exploit you excel at.”

These were not Harbors of the Sun. It was more like Pearl Harbor. Except it took 416 pages to destroy me and my love for the Raksura.

If you really want to read this book, it is best to be read back to back with the predecessor as the novel picks up halfway through the story. Although the Author provides a (tedious) roundup of the previous events, still plunging into the book at this point might be disco
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This is the conclusion to the story started in The Edge of Worlds.

After the betrayal and kidnapping at the end of the previous book, Moon and his companions are left pursuing their betrayers and the ancient weapon that they've stolen. Back in the Reaches, the Fell are massing for an all-out attack on the Raksura. And on the betrayers airship an argument brews around just how destructive the ancient weapon is going to be.

The first half of this book is as tight as anything else in the series and w
The fourth Raksura book, The Edge of Worlds, left off on a cliffhanger. The Harbors of the Sun, the fifth and final Raksura book, picked up where it left off. To read The Harbors of the Sun, you need to have at least read The Edge of Worlds, if not have started at the very beginning with The Cloud Roads. But if you’re not familiar with this series, I beg you to look into it. The Raksura books are some of the most imaginative fantasy novels I’ve ever read, and they’ve received too little attentio ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Raksura fans
Wow. Martha Wells just delivers the goods every single time with her Raksura books, and The Harbors of the Sun is another splendidly written, thrilling, heart-stopping-and-starting, amazingly realized novel. Wells' Raksura series is one of the two or three authors that I pre-purchase in hardcover, and she's never once let me down.

HotS is the second and final book of the second series, if that makes sense - it's the 5th Raksura novel and you must read the others before this, it isn't standalone a
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
3.5 stars

The Harbours of the Sun concludes the lengthy story that most of The Edge of Worlds spent setting up. In many ways, the conclusions were really good, but it was not quite as tightly written as the earlier books were.

That said, there were still so many things to love here. Of course the ongoing relationships between Moon and Jade and Stone, but also all the little descriptions and interactions throughout the book about relationships with other Raksura. The social fabric of the Raksura is
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-ebooks
Great book with a fitting conclusion for an inspired series, I truly enjoyed it.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. Book 5 continues the story shortly after the horrible events in book 4. The action in Harbors makes up most of the book, unlike book 4, which was about 50% set up. The action now concerns three separate groups: Song and Merit on the hian ship, Moon and Stone in pursuit, with Jade and company following days behind them, and Indigo Court, where everyone is planning and preparing, together with many warriors from Opal Night, for the Fell attack.
Moon and Stone are often amusing together,
Jun 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry to say, but this (last?) book in the series couldn't capture me the way the brilliant first ones did.
The worldbuilding in the Raksura books still is up there with the very best I've ever read in Fantasy. The world is richly imagined, filled with diverse species - non of which is human - and the details make me want to go visit there. But the plot meandered more and more in the last books, lots of new names were introduced, parallel plotlines with names upon names. Everybody still alive
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Harbors of the Sun' weaves together many different plot threads into a very enjoyable conclusion to the Raksura series. I want to point out one particular scene that I think helps illustrated why I've enjoyed these books so much -- while half the characters are chasing after a dangerous stolen artifact, the others are preparing to fight against an invasion of their homelands, and the viewpoint we get for their council of war is through the eyes of a very young girl who just wants to be included ...more
I'm really sad to say it, but I just didn't connect to these final two Raksura books like I did the initial trilogy. I think in part this was a me thing; this books and the one before it were just so fast paced. The thing I loved most about the Books of the Raksura was the character stuff; Moon making assumptions and throwing tantrums and sulking about it until Chime would get him to finally say what was wrong, stuff like. The angst and the relationship drama, basically. And while there was a ta ...more
Maja Ingrid
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, the-faves
Was about to give this book 4 stars bc there was some perspectives I didn't care much reading from, but then I thought to myself "who am I trying to fool with rating a Raksuran book only 4 stars when clearly it's 5 stars because these books are the greatest thing that has ever happened to this world" ...more
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
WHAT??! This can't be the end!!!!!?! ...more
Oh i just can't wait for this book to come out. I just can't wait. I'm gonna cry as soon as it comes out.
i miss this world, and i miss this series.
The first book and third book were still the greatest ones for me, and the short stories, but damn, such unique world and setting, such great characters. Breaking norms and stereotypes.

I just can't wait!
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-magic
If I have only one thing to say about these Raksura books, it's how aggressively readable it is. Mostly the books I read are out of a sense of obligation to educate myself, or to fill in some waiting time, or to keep myself amused while I do something boring. It's actually rare these days that I take a book and sit down just to devour it, but somehow these books manage it.
Part of it must be how attached I am to the entire cast of characters. I love to see their interactions and hold my breath t
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
If this is the end, I'm quite devastated – I want more! ...more
Moon and his compatriots chase after a weapon of potentially devastating consequences. I settled into Moon's world and character in The Siren Depths, and wanted it to never end--I felt like I could live there forever. The Edge of Worlds and The Harbors of the Sun are not what I meant by that.

They're bigger books, deviating into multiple PoVs and a two-part plot; the scale of the conflict is larger. These changes lose the intimate immersion into Moon's PoV which made the first three books success
Alex Myers
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So good! I have loved this whole series and found this one to be incredibly well-paced. I would say the best part of this book was the action and the tension. The character development wasn't as subtle as some of the others, though I enjoyed the interplay between the two older queens. As I have said about earlier volumes, the author does an excellent job with the inner life/thinking of the Raksura, but the groundling races remain rather mysterious. This volume in particular has groundlings with ...more
May 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am sad that the series is over. ;;_;;
I wanted more time with my lizard baby family.
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
If you have a short memory (like I do) and/or it's been some time since you read The Edge of Worlds then the start of The Harbors of the Sun may be a little confusing. This is because it takes up right as the previous book ended (or, well, part happens at the same time as the very end of the previous book), which may mean a re-read could be in order. If this is where you've picked up, the entire series is well worth a read to fully understand the ties each character has to each other so go back ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is splendid. Start with book 1.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I grew up loving Narnia, Pern and the show Gargoyles. Therefore, I inhaled all 5 Raskura books in 3 months.

They remind me of the fantasy adventures of my youth, minus a lot of the underlying sexism, homophobia and general weirdness about gender roles of some fantasy classics. Most of my reservations with this book and the series go back to why I drifted away from the fantasy adventure genre. So much plot. So many people. So many things going on. I like deeper character development. I got a litt
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Dec 31, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to only give this 3 stars, as I've been a steadfast reader of Wells' books over many years. I loved the original trilogy but I felt this second set of books lacked some of the narrative urgency of the first. So much of it seemed to be the Raksura just traveling all over trying to find a magical mcguffin. I cared less about the stakes in this trilogy (even though the implications were more far-reaching and dire). However, I still enjoyed the characters and it was worth reading just to see ...more
I guess that's it. That's the end. *ugly crying*

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UPDATE: May 2020

I just got word that there will be an audiobook for this final installment of the Raksura series--I'm not crying, you're crying. Guess I will have to do yet another full-series reread in preparation for the audio release.

Btw, these books in hardcover are gorgeous.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy these books. They have their own mythology and unique world building which is great. This book got particularly dark which I enjoyed, a good read. I would recommend these books for teenagers, but also for any age if you enjoy a good fantasy book.
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I've loved this series so much, but especially the construction of the Raksura's social lives and instincts. I will miss these characters, but maybe there will be more short stories at some point! ...more
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just bury me here
Lepus Domesticus
It took me forever to read this book. The first three novels in the series I breezed through in about a day and a half each. This one only took me a week and a half, but it felt eternal. The Harbors of the Sun is better than The Edge of Worlds, over all, but much, much less good than the first three novels in Wells's Raksura series. If I hadn't so adored the other books, I would not be keeping these two volumes. I will for now, however, just because when I reread the others, I'm sure I'll want t ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love Wells's characters, though I quibble with her plots. This is the only one I've actually read rather than listened to, aside from book 1 (The Cloud Roads), and I was unfortunately distracted by a lot of annoying edit fails -- like consistently spelling "baring" as "barring" and waffling back and forth on whether a certain kethel was simply "the kethel" or was actually named "Kethel", and many punctuation errors. Fortunately, the characters still shine through.

Oh, P.S. -- I had to ac
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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

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The Books of the Raksura (5 books)
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