The Siren Depths (Books of the Raksura Series #3)

The Siren Depths (Books of the Raksura Series #3)

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by Martha Wells
     
 

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All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature — until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must

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All his life, Moon roamed the Three Worlds, a solitary wanderer forced to hide his true nature — until he was reunited with his own kind, the Raksura, and found a new life as consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now a rival court has laid claim to him, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the company of strangers to a distant realm where he will finally face the forgotten secrets of his past, even as an old enemy returns with a vengeance. The Fell, a vicious race of shape-shifting predators, menaces groundlings and Raksura alike. Determined to crossbreed with the Raksura for arcane purposes, they are driven by an ancient voice that cries out from . . . .The siren depths.

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Publishers Weekly
04/13/2015
Wells’s third Books of the Raksura fantasy is rich in SF world-building and fascinating, character-driven drama. Moon is married to Jade, one of the matriarchs of the Indigo Cloud Colony, but he doesn’t quite fit in. Orphaned young and forced to fend for himself, Moon is more rough-and-ready than a proper young consort should be, and he doesn’t know his birth family. When representatives of the Opal Night Colony arrive and claim to be his birth clan, Moon doubts that his mate Jade will fight to keep him. But Opal Night is just as unconventional as their prodigal son: secretly, some of them are crossbreeds, descended from the predatory enemy Fell. Can they be trusted? Can the Fell use them as a weapon—possibly against their will? Against a backdrop of matriarchal clans and rival intelligent species, Wells examines tricky questions of gender, nature and nurture, and the nature of belonging. This is an unusual and satisfying novel. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597804400
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Series:
Books of the Raksura Series, #3
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
502,313
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Martha Wells was born in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1964, and has a BA in anthropology from Texas A&M University. She is the author of ten previous novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Element of Fire, Wheel of the Infinite, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. She has also had short fiction published in Realms of Fantasy, Black Gate magazine, Lone Star Stories, and the Tsunami Relief anthology Elemental, and has articles in the non-fiction anthologies Farscape Forever and Mapping the World of Harry Potter. She lives in College Station, TX, with her husband.

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The Siren Depths: The Second Book of the Raksura 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SophieRose More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I was so excited to read the third installment of the Raksura Series. The plot moved along a little slowly at the beginning, the climax was a well-written battle sequence (as in the previous two installments), but, for me, the resolution of the novel was lacking and a bit rushed. The relationships between Jade and Malachite, Malachite and Moon, and Moon and Celadon were largely unexplored. Also, Shade's troubles were resolved a bit too quickly considering what he had been through with the Fell. With that said, I'm so grateful that Martha Wells had the third installment written. Having waited far too long for other writers to finish the next installment of their series, I really appreciate her timely release date. I'm assuming there will be a next book (pretty please) and that there will be a royal clutch for Jade and Moon. Will the next novel take the point-of-view of one of their children?
CaliforniaNookLover More than 1 year ago
Beyond brilliant! At age 60+ I have read literally thousands of books. Currently I read 3-4 books a week from all different genres and this Raksura series ranks among my all time favorites. Superb world building, wonderfully drawn characters, suspense, action...these books really have it all. 
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The third, in Ms Wells "Books of the Raksura", continues the story of Moon, a "feral solitary" consort, of the Raksuran race of shape-shifters. Moon has finally found a place in a Raksuran court, or family, only to discover that his original court has discovered his existence, and wants him back. Much angst ensues, and to add to the problem, the pernicious Fell(a race with similar origins, but totally evil), once again prove to be a threat to Raksuran existence. This was a very good series. I don't know if Ms Wells plans to continue it, but if she does, I will definitely read it.
carolsong More than 1 year ago
Martha Wells creates worlds that are rich in diversity, the depth of the characters drawing us in to the books' plots, so that it is a disappointment of sorts to have them end. It makes me wonder, after reading about the Raksurans, if she has reptiles and birds as pets, since the movements and body language described is so detailed. These books moved me to read her other books creating other worlds, and all are fascinating and provide excellent characters. I look forward to anything else she may write.
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Skuldren More than 1 year ago
The Siren Depths is the third book in Martha Wells’ Books of the Raksura series. The novel brings an interesting story and compelling characters together for a fitting end to the trilogy. But is it the end? One thing I liked about the story was how it tells a tale on two fronts. One one hand there’s the immediate story of what Moon is doing and where he’s being forced to go. On the other hand, The Siren Depths ties in with the previous novels to finally reveal Moon’s full backstory. Readers finally get to find out what happened to him as a kid, how he was separated from his court, the identity of his parents, and more. By the end, all of the loose ends are tied up which gives the book a feeling of completeness. However, the future is kept wide open and there are plenty of major stories that could be explored in future novels. On its own, The Siren Depths is an enjoyable book. It’s certainly not something you would want to dive into without reading the other two books first. A lot of world building and character building is accomplished before hand. While you probably could jump straight into this book and enjoy it, you would be missing out on a lot. Regardless, this book fits in perfectly with the series. As part of the greater whole, it continues the fun, but it also ties things together nicely, answers lingering questions, and pushes the characters in intriguing directions. Like the previous stories, there is a good mix of various story elements. It explores new, strange places and creatures. There’s a new villain who turns out to be the driving force behind the Fell and their desire to crossbreed with the Raksura. There’s a new groundling city discovered on the side of a cliff, built into a gigantic statue. It has harbors for flying boats and its citizens are armed with projectile weaponry. There’s also a mysterious  underwater city full of secrets that’s explored. There’s a lot of court intrigue as Moon ventures to a new Raksuran court on the edge of the Reaches. Meanwhile the story of Moon and Jade’s relationship continues into new territory. The only thing that’s not really explored yet is the raising of the Sky Copper royal clutch. If you’re thinking about investing in the series, it’s worthwhile. The second and third books are on par with the first. It’s also a good way for Star Wars readers to see what Martha Wells’ storytelling is like. She does a good job of balancing between characters and plot. The dialog and character development is excellent. She’s very imaginative and comes up with some really strange races, creatures, and places. Action is spread throughout the novel with various trigger points and mission points, but it’s never drawn out to the point of being tiresome. There also isn’t any graphic sex, and while there is violence, she doesn’t dwell on it. All in all, it’s a great mix for good storytelling that makes for addictive reading.
Librarian247 More than 1 year ago
I'd been looking forward to this book, and it did not disappoint. It continues the journey of Moon, the main character from the first two Raksura books. As he learns more about Raksura society and his role in it, circumstances arise that lead to both adventure and revelations about his past. The book has great characterization, thorough and complete worldbuilding, and smart writing. Highly recommended.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when will this be on nook