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The Harbors of the Sun: Volume Five of the Books of the Raksura Hardcover – July 11, 2017
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Praise for The Harbors of the Sun 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
“An incredibly layered and intricate world with realistic characters. . . . The series as a whole deserves all the accolades it has received and more, and The Harbors of the Sun acts as a lovely and fitting final book in the series.”―Strange Horizons, reviewed by Na’amen Gobert Tilahun, author of The Root and The Tree.
“Weird―in an excellent way. . . . promises to end a celebrated series on a soaring note.”―B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
"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
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I particularly enjoyed, of the things it's not a spoiler to discuss, the relationship between Moon's mother Malachite, and Jade's mother Pearl. These two powerful reigning queens had a phenomenally-characterized relationship that we get to follow from their first meeting on through eventual (more or less) world domination (I mean not really but you know they could). They're phenomenal. There's nothing else like them in any fiction I've encountered. And what an arc for Pearl, who we meet and are given pretty much no reason to like in the Cloud Roads: she's just such a great character, and Wells' characteristic adherence to tight points of view means that we just haven't seen her from this perspective before, and she just makes so much more sense now that we've seen so much more.
Which is really the overarching theme of the book, I think-- we're finally given a rounded view of the whole situation, and can really understand it in a full and nuanced way. It's a wonderful conclusion to the series. She's said she plans to write more in this setting, but not with these characters, and while I'm in mourning not to see any more of them, what a great sendoff this is.
Harbors of the Sun is the direct sequel to The Edge of Worlds and completes the adventure begun in that novel. Moon, Jade, Stone, and others of Indigo Cloud (joined by Malachite and her Opal Night court warriors & mentors) are trying to prevent one of their erstwhile allies from triggering a doomsday weapon, using ancient ruins located on the far side of the Three Worlds.
Martha Wells' worldbuilding is always so detailed and immersive. She outdid herself this time in the number of new alien races seen along the way, new lands seen along the journey, etc. Epic action adventure fantasy!
I strongly recommend Harbors of the Sun to readers who enjoy a story well told and adventures with plenty of suspenseful action! I am definitely going to miss these characters. Oh, don't mind me, I'm off now to reread Cloud Roads (book one of the Raksura series)!
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