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The Edge of Worlds

Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
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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 ancestors and ask for help getting inside. But the Raksura fear it was built by their own distant ancestors, the Forerunners, and the last sealed Forerunner city they encountered was a prison for an unstoppable evil.

Prior to the groundlings' arrival, the Indigo Cloud court had been plagued by visions of a disaster that could destroy all the courts in the Reaches. Now, the court's mentors believe the ancient city is connected to the foretold danger. A small group of warriors, including consort Moon, an orphan new to the colony and the Raksura's idea of family, and sister queen Jade, agree to go with the groundling expedition to investigate. But the predatory Fell have found the city too, and in the race to keep the danger contained, the Raksura may be the ones who inadvertently release it.

The Edge of Worlds, from celebrated fantasy author Martha Wells, returns to the fascinating world of The Cloud Roads for the first book in a new series of strange lands, uncanny beings, dead cities, and ancient danger.

©2016 Martha Wells (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Allora Star
  • 02-11-2017

Next Book Please

I love this book series and can't wait for Harbors of the Sun to come out as an audio book.

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  • =A
  • 08-07-2017

awesome as expected

both the story and the performance lived up to what I have come to expect of this team. If you haven't been following the series start with The Cloud Roads. If you have been you know what to expect. Either way you are in for a treat!

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  • happy, happy reader
  • 16-09-2016

Great Audible version

Excellent story, enhanced by the voice acting.
I enjoy Martha Wells' work and recommend it!

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  • Ingrid
  • 28-01-2019

Shockingly Boring

I loved the first three books, but I couldn't even finish this one. There is a big time skip between books 3 and 4, and Moon already has a bunch of children. I was disappointed to have missed Jade's pregnancy and the birth. Moon has largely settled into his role as consort, and everyone is really bored. Yep. Consorts aren't supposed to do anything but breed, so Moon and Stone, and even Jade just kind of sit around. It takes hours for them to decide to go on an adventure, and the adventure is worse than the tedium that proceeded it. The plot feels like elements were taken from the previous three books and copy pasted into this one, but more boring.

I was always wary of the "everything but the kitchen sink" approach Wells took to the world building in this series. She was able to pull it off in the last three books, giving just enough interesting detail and depth to the species she created. In this book however, we get long lists of hair colors, eye colors, and skin textures, as if we are bird watching but with people. I have to sit back and ask "are these people relevant to the story at all? What was the point of that scene?" All the time. There is some superficial cultural anthropology too. This species seem matriarchal, that one emits pheromones that make people angry, a character talks a lot about how he chose his gender and has various co-parents blah blah blah. It is all said in this clinical, meaningless vacuum of story. The world already has an Ann Leckie.

There is no real interpersonal story. Moon and Stone are cross with each other for no reason. This book was really frustrating.

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  • Mark Hancock
  • 08-06-2018

Love Martha Wells & Glad I found her Writing...But I Hate Cliffhangers

The heading says it all. I first saw a Wells science fiction novel about the Murderbots, & was immediately hooked by her writing. And now I’ve tackled ( read: devoured) most of her work.

But I do hate cliffhangers & this is the first of her books that really did end on a total cliffhanger.

That said, I’m anxious for the next in the series!

Christopher Kipiniak does a great job throughout the series and juggles the multiple voices (and species) with real dexterity. Excellent performance.

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  • Jen
  • 26-05-2018

Same pros and cons as the rest of the series

Just like the previous Raksura books on Audible, I enjoyed the story, but dislike the narrator. Chris Kipiniak voices the characters in an overblown and cartoonish way that significantly detracts from the experience. He's not bad enough to make me swap to a text version (I have very poor eyesight) but almost.

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  • Will
  • 08-01-2018

A different world

Martha Wells has created an interesting and very different world here. I love the fact that there are no "humans" although most (but not all) species in the book are at least humanoid. The whole adventure has been entertaining. I especially enjoy that these books are less about a "dark lord" conceit and more about the adventures/romance/intrigues of Moon and the court of Indigo Cloud.
I did have a couple of issues with this book. The perspective shifts from Moon a couple of times (I think for the first time in the series?) and I felt it was a little jarring and out of place. Also, at this point there are SO MANY Raksura with names but not really distinct personalities or plot importance especially towards the beginning of this book.
With all of that said I still recommend this book and this series if you are a fantasy reader looking for a change of pace. Mr. Kipiniak is, as ever, a capable and pleasant narrator. Please, please please release "The Harbors of the Sun" on Audible!

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  • Bev T
  • 06-12-2017

Book 4 of the Raksura saga

The story continues. As usual wonderful. The narration at the beginning felt a bit off to me but as I listened to the other chapters it was much better. Looking forward to the follow-up to this story. I found "Don't make me wake my mother "
one of the best lines in the story. Still smile every time I think of it.

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  • Gael Dalton
  • 20-10-2017

More action and surprises

The Raksura get more interesting and their story gets more compelling than ever. Wells continues to develop the characters and Kipiniak continues to hold me spellbound. I’m just a little disappointed at the ending of this book. Of course I want a next book, but the prior stories gave a more satisfying ending. This one feels almost like it ended mid sentence.

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  • Jason
  • 09-10-2017

LoVEd it! can't wait for the continuation :-)

Loved the new characters, and storyline. great build up and finished at just the right place in the story

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  • D Knight
  • 19-02-2019

loved it but Audible is refusing to do the last bo

loved it but Audible is refusing to do the last book.!!!

I'll never get to hear the ending

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-2018

Love this series

Not sure what it is about this series but I love it. This particular book is a bit slower and not as gripping as the others but it’s still good. Wasn’t prepared for the cliff hanger ending though. Can’t wait for the next instalment.