Author: Martha Wells
Series: part four of "The Books of the Raksura", follows Stories of the Raksura Volume Two
Summary: 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.
It's been so awesome to have another adventure with Moon, Jade and Chime with all the other old and new faces. ♥ I love this world and these characters so much. They never fail to surprise me (and make me love them even more) and the world still has so many new things to discover.
I love that we get some other POVs beside Moon's too. I squeed out loud when I got to the Ember POV.
The adventure was great too. We got to know yet another people of the Three Worlds and saw the ocean. ♥ I'm very curious about the half Fell half Raksura Queen and why she's so desperate. Also, evil cliffhanger is evil. Yes, it could have been way worse, but still. Cliffhanger. *argh*
Moon has been as awesome as always. Him trying to be there for his clutch (and AWWWWWWWWWWWWWW for the nursery scenes) but also wanting to protect them and the colony/reaches. Wonderful.
Ember being awesome and inviting Shade in for tea while Pearl and Malachite still sat there and tried to make nice? Awesome.
Shade? Keeping watch over Moon at the end? ♥
Oh, Stone, Chime, Jade, Delin and everyone else. *smishes them*
Wonderful, wonderful book.