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The Edge of Worlds

Narrated by: Christopher Kipiniak
Series: Books of the Raksura, Book 4
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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Susan
  • 23-06-2020

Slow to start, but it's the sister book to Harbor

Was pleasantly surprised at every turn. I thought I knew the story, but I was so wrong. Be prepared to root for the wrong people. Favorite character and the one in most looking forward to hearing about more in Harbors of the Sun is the last character I thought I'd like. Same with the second and third.

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  • JMAUTOBOT
  • 05-01-2020

Loved the others. This one was boring, slow

Loved the others in this series. This one was boring, slow story, most of it nothing really happens, narration rhythmic and not as good as previous. Unhappy with it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2019

love it

This is a great series, I can't wait for the next one. The blend of animal and human behavior is intriguing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-05-2019

love it

I love all five Raksura books, though the last two, of with this is the first, are not as good as the first three. the performance is spot on in all of the books!

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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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  • Corax
  • 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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  • 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.