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Moon, Jade, and other favorites from the Indigo Cloud Court return with two new novellas from Martha Wells. Martha Wells continues to enthusiastically ignore genre conventions in her exploration of the fascinating world of the Raksura. Her novellas and short stories contain all the elements fans have come to love from the Raksura books: courtly intrigue and politics, unfolding mysteries that reveal an increasingly strange wider world, and threats both mundane and magical. "The Dead City" is a tale of Moon before he came to the Indigo Court. As Moon is fleeing the ruins of Saraseil, a groundling city destroyed by the Fell, he flies right into another potential disaster when a friendly caravanserai finds itself under attack by a strange force. In "The Dark Earth Below," Moon and Jade face their biggest adventure yet; their first clutch. But even as Moon tries to prepare for impending fatherhood, members of the Kek village in the colony tree's roots go missing, and searching for them only leads to more mysteries as the court is stalked by an unknown enemy. Stories of Moon and the shape changers of Raksura have delighted readers for years. This world is a dangerous place full of strange mysteries, where the future can never be taken for granted and must always be fought for with wits and ingenuity, and often tooth and claw. With these two new novellas, Martha Wells shows that the world of the Raksura has many more stories to tell... Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
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Praise for Stories of the Raksura, Volume Two and The Books of the Raksura "Breathtakingly surprising and fun. Wells is a master worldbuilder."--The New York Times "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 "Martha Wells continues her Raksura series with another collection of novellas and shorter works. If you've never read the original trilogy (beginning with Cloud Roads), this is a fine introduction, but you really owe it to yourself to read them all. It's quite unlike anything else in the genre --with a core cast of non-human characters, it creates an entirely fresh, matriarchal fantasy world with its own biology, ecology, technology, and magic."--Barnes & Noble's New Book Round-up "Immensely pleasing. . . the shorter stories still encompass everything that makes the novels so satisfying, from the daily interactions between Raksura to the incredible creatures, mysteries and landscapes of the Three Worlds, and if Martha Wells were to never write anything other than Raksura stories from now on, as much as I love her other work, I can't say I'd complain."--A Dribble of Ink "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 "Wells fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. . . With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample." --Publishers Weekly "Immensely pleasing. . . the shorter stories still encompass everything that makes the novels so satisfying, from the daily interactions between Raksura to the incredible creatures, mysteries and landscapes of the Three Worlds, and if Martha Wells were to never write anything other than Raksura stories from now on, as much as I love her other work, I can't say I'd complain." --A Dribble of Ink "I wonderfully enjoyed these stories...I urge readers with any interest in secondary world fantasy who have not done so to pick up The Cloud Roads and begin there and work your way to this volume. And then, like me, you can hope and wait for future volumes set in Wells' rich and endlessly entertaining world, peoples and characters." --Paul Weimer, Skiffy and Fanty "This short story collection deserves all the praise it gets, because there's no fluff here, only quality fantasy from start to finish ... it's a perfect collection for fans of the Raksura." --Rising Shadow "All in all it's a great collection of stories. . . all of them colorful, imaginative and fun. . . Must reads for fans of the series." --Roqoo Depot, 5/5 "The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can't wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!" --N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Wells fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. . . With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample. Publishers Weekly Immensely pleasing. . . the shorter stories still encompass everything that makes the novels so satisfying, from the daily interactions between Raksura to the incredible creatures, mysteries and landscapes of the Three Worlds, and if Martha Wells were to never write anything other than Raksura stories from now on, as much as I love her other work, I can t say I d complain. A Dribble of Ink I wonderfully enjoyed these storiesI urge readers with any interest in secondary world fantasy who have not done so to pick up The Cloud Roads and begin there and work your way to this volume. And then, like me, you can hope and wait for future volumes set in Wells rich and endlessly entertaining world, peoples and characters. Paul Weimer, Skiffy and Fanty This short story collection deserves all the praise it gets, because there's no fluff here, only quality fantasy from start to finish ... it's a perfect collection for fans of the Raksura. Rising Shadow All in all it s a great collection of stories. . . all of them colorful, imaginative and fun. . . Must reads for fans of the series. Roqoo Depot, 5/5 The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds! N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms " Immensely pleasing. . . the shorter stories still encompass everything that makes the novels so satisfying, from the daily interactions between Raksura to the incredible creatures, mysteries and landscapes of the Three Worlds, and if Martha Wells were to never write anything other than Raksura stories from now on, as much as I love her other work, I can t say I d complain. "A Dribble of Ink" All in all it s a great collection of stories. . . all of them colorful, imaginative and fun. . . Must reads for fans of the series. "Roqoo Depot," 5/5 Wells fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. . . With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample. "Publishers Weekly" "The Cloud Roads" has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds! N. K. Jemisin, author of "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" " All in all it s a great collection of storiesall of them colorful, imaginative and fun Must reads for fans of the series. "Roqoo Depot," 5/5 Wells fleshes out her Books of the Raksura series in this strong short story collection. . . With a strong sense of adventure, horror, and mystery, this is an enjoyable read for fantasy fans seeking a new series to sample. "Publishers Weekly" "The Cloud Roads" has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds! N. K. Jemisin, author of "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms" " ""The Cloud Roads" has wildly original worldbuilding, 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. I can't wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!" --N. K. Jemisin, author of "The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"

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