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The Siren Depths: Volume Three of the Books of the Raksura Paperback – December 4, 2012
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This was probably the most emotional of the Books of the Raksura, which is probably why it's my favorite so far of the three. Moon -- not the most emotionally together guy at the best of times -- has to muddle his way through a morass of his feelings for Jade, his fears about the future, his anger about his past, other people's hatred of him, and more. As if that's not enough to deal with, the Fell are back with a vengeance... along with something worse. Along the way, though, Wells treats us to the same wonders and horrors that make us love and fear the Three Worlds: amazing ancient cities, magical airships, genteel monsters, breathtakingly badass women, obnoxiously badass grandpas, and truly heartrending moments of pain and beauty.
If you even slightly liked either of the two preceding books, make sure you read this one. Seriously.
As in the first two books, the lush descriptions of this highly original world are simply breathtaking. i want to go live in a mountain-tree now. and have wings. of course.
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.Read more ›
Now, though, a rival Court, Opal Night, exercises a claim on Moon -- one based on their contention that Moon's mysterious and shrouded origins actually tie back to them. But why does such a large and powerful Court want or even need Moon, anyway? It can't be as simple as a power play on the small court of Indigo Cloud -- so what secrets could Opal Night be hiding?
And The Fell are on the move. Worse, they have a plan that could spell danger not only for Opal Night, not only for Indigo Cloud, but for the entirety of the Reaches and beyond.
I had believed that the Books of the Raksura ended with The Serpent Sea but I joyfully have been proven wrong. In The Siren Depths, Wells brings us full circle and, in a real sense, back to the beginning. Since the start of the Books of the Raksura series in The Cloud Roads, the story of Moon's origins has been a simple if murky one. He's been alone for years, the Raksura that raised him killed long ago. He had no idea what he even was until Stone, the line-grandfather for Indigo Cloud, discovered him.Read more ›
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Siren Depths pushed the Raksira chronicles forward most enjoyably.Published 21 days ago by Nicholas
This may be my favorite of the Raksura books: I loved the court politics, the rich, mesmerizing new characters, and the adventure Moon, Jade, and the people of Indigo Cloud have as... Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Albertson
I keep loving these characters and their world. This being the third book in a series I'm not sure what I can say more without spoiling things for people. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sofia Lindström
This was such a great payoff to the trilogy. We get to find out some answers about our main character's origins AND we get to spend some time in meeting a great group of new... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jessica Colberg
Martha Wells has the ability to make you deeply care about her characters, even when they are as inhuman and initially unfamiliar as the Raksura. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love this series and this book is no exception. Imaginative and well-written. I can't wait to read more by Martha Wells.Published 9 months ago by Kristin
I love all Martha's books. Anyone who enjoys fantasy or sci-fi will probably enjoy these. I love Moon!Published 12 months ago by Melody R. Lanier
On the one hand, I stayed up until dawn to finish it. On the other, I take issue when the title of something is not what the story is about. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer