The Cloud Roads is a refreshing change if you, like me, occasionally need a break from the swords-and-sorcery, vaguely medieval fantasy world that is so ubiquitous in the genre. Readers follow Moon, a shapeshifter who was orphaned as a child and has never known who he is or who his people are, as he journeys across the Three Worlds looking for home. Of course, finding home is not the same as fitting in there, and everything is further complicated by an old enemy threatening the community that Moon has only just begun to understand. Beyond the engaging characters, one of the joys of Martha Wells' writing is encountering many different races and places that feel unique and organic to the Three Worlds, rather than an unfortunate, poorly concealed analogy to real world race relations. Highly recommended.
Living most of his life trying to hide his shapeshifting from the human tribe that sheltered him, Moon is cast out when his secret is discovered and finds himself being rescued by a winged shapeshifter who introduces him to a new world and a common enemy, winged creatures known as the Fell.