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

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  921 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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 Moon, and Jade may or may not be willing to fight for him. Beset by doubts, Moon must travel in the compa
Paperback, 277 pages
Published December 4th 2012 by Night Shade Books (first published December 1st 2012)
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N.K. Jemisin
I got to read an early draft of this, so take my comments with salt since I don't know what the final's like. But that's OK, because I loved it and I can't see how any final edits could have diminished that! In this episode of Days of Our Draconic Lives, Moon's more or less settled into life at Indigo Cloud, although he's anxious because he and Jade haven't managed to make a clutch yet despite lots of enthusiastic attempts. But before Stone can slap him in the head and tell him to chillax, gasp! ...more
Martha Wells is amazing. The 3rd book in the Raksura series fully delivers on the promise of the first two. It's poignant enough to make you cry, thoughtful and thought-provoking, funny, fast-moving and action packed as always. I am delighted by Moon's personal growth and the deepening of his relationship with his culture & society. And Jade! also: i continue to absolutely adore the inverted gender dynamics of Raksuran society. i love it that Moon spends some time worrying if he's pretty eno ...more
I was going to give this four stars, since it's not a perfect book, but given that I pre-ordered it, dropped everything to read it as soon as it arrived, finished it the same evening, then sat quietly with the book in my hands musing over how much I love this series... It deserved the upgrade.

I think one of the (several) amazing things about this series is how it doesn't flag. Everything that I thought marvelous about the first two volumes -- the vivid depiction of the non-human Raksuran culture
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Oh, what a pleasure it is to return to the Three Worlds and the Raksura! Such a rich world, such an incredibly fun and adventurous story, such a bunch of well-rounded characters!

In this third (and final?) book in the Books of the Raksura series, we continue to follow the long-term tribulations of the folks from Indigo Cloud court as well as the protagonist Moon’s internal struggles.

Indigo Cloud court is still settling down in their new home when news a
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Finding originality and true talent in today's overcrowded fantasy market is difficult, but fortunately there are still authors like Martha Wells who write quality fantasy for adults. The Books of the Raksura series can be seen as a proof of her writing talents, because it continues to get better and more complex with each new book. Each time I've read a book by Martha Wells, there's been one question on my mind: How does she manage to write so original and a
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 final
Melissa Proffitt
I enjoyed the previous volumes in this trilogy, The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea, but this one really blew me away. In the first two books, protagonist Moon's mysterious past underlies the plot, but takes a back seat to the survival of the court he's become a part of. Now, with Indigo Cloud having found a new home and needing to restore it, Moon's past suddenly becomes very important: his home colony has finally found him, and even though he's mated to Jade, sister Queen of Indigo Cloud, they ...more
Just A. Bean
Perfect finish to my favourite fantasy trilogy in years. It brought together all the relationship threads, solved all the remaining mysteries and managed to introduce some great new characters to boot.

I really loved all the characters in the new court, especially the queen, who was completely badass. I really appreciate how this series deals with culture clash and social isolation. It never feels contrived, even though the characters are shape shifting dragons, and the miscommunication never fee
This book wraps up Wells' extremely strong fantasy trilogy, and it upholds the standards of the previous books. I wasn't certain where the tension would come from, but at long last, the family Moon has always wished for shows up in his life again. But of course, nothing is ever that uncomplicated. He's a settled young adult now, and being sent back into the role of a young prince is not his idea of a good time.

I want to give Moon the BIGGEST hug. His scars from a lifetime of not-belonging and m
The third, but hopefully not the last, of Martha Wells Raksura books.

The Raksura books are extremely original second world fantasy novels with active alien flora and fauna(I love a world where the only way you can sometimes tell what creatures are sentient and what ones aren't is by having the characters ask).

I can't tell you the number of times trilogies have disappointed me. The first book is usually great, the second book is fine and the third book muffs the ending so badly you wonder what
I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book and was not disappointed. Moon is still insecure in his position with his new Raksura court when he is sent away to another court that claims he is theirs. So, we learn about Moon's past and heritage, which has been a mystery. We also engage again with the Fell, and have the joy of the company of people from the Golden Isles again. Many mysteries are solved, and Moon and Jade come closer to trusting and believing in each other. Their relationsh ...more
Nick Fagerlund
Book three of Martha Wells’ TOTALLY EXCELLENT Raksura books. Just as good as the previous two! Recommended wholeheartedly.

So something occurred to me as I was reading this one: the Fell are crypto-vampires. Wells did a thorough enough job at deviating from the template that it took me a long time to figure it out: they don’t suck blood, they eat meat; they’re not undead, they’re living creatures with their own ecology. They don’t transform some victims into copies of themselves, although, well,
Another fabulous read! 4.5*

The first 1/2 was extremely emotional for me; masterful communication of Moon's feelings! I felt a strong connection to what he was going through, yet could also understand where everyone else was coming from also.

I was disappointed there wasn't more emphasis on Moon & Malachite's relationship...especially at the end.
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The Siren Depths answers some questions that I had hoped to learn about in the second book and the Fell also return as a threat. Most importantly, though, Moon finally figures out his place among the Raksura.

This is great high fantasy. The stakes are still not world-wide, even though they are higher in this book than the previous ones. But they are high for the characters and the Raksura Courts, and the world remains vivid and exotic - a world to get lost in.

I love the details on interactions b
I loved this book and the world that it is set in. The writer manages to create a world with no humans, yet doesn't fall back on the cats/mice/birds/dragons/fairies are the dominate species. She created something entirely new yet entirely relatable.

I hope this series continues--it has been added to my auto-buy list. Lovely
Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Warner ♥
This was a great way to end this series, and a drastic improvement from book 2, The Serpent Sea. This probably deserves a 5-star rating, since I feel that it was the best in the series, and I gave book 1 a full 5-stars. But I think that was probably just because it was all so new to me at the time, and I had never seen a world like this one before. But now its not all so new and I am not as blown away by it.

I loved the story in this one because it manged to incorporate a lot of new Raksuran cou
Kira Yeversky
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone how much I love Martha Wells' writing. Seriously, folks, it is so good, go read some. Check out the end of this review for recommendations.

The plot moves fast and (as in the other two Raksura books) we get to see more of this elaborate world and its occupants. I also find myself identifying strongly with Moon, the main character. This is an accomplishment, since Moon is a male shape-shifting creature whose shifted form has claws, scales, spin
I guess ima have to be "that" guy again and not like a book everyone else likes. I honestly cant see why anyone would like or love this book. What redeeming qualities does it have? What does it do right? If you can answer Nothing, to both of those questions, congrats your just like me.

Everything I have to say in this review can be reflected on the series as a whole.

The main character, whatever his name was, has to be one of the most infuriating characters Ive ever had the displeasure of readin
Gergana Hristova

The Siren Depths is, sadly, the last of "The Books of the Raksura" and I actually had to force myself to pause reading it for a week so I can make the whole experience last longer!

When I first opened "The Cloud Roads" I was certain that the story will be too far fetched for me, but I was willing to give it a try, because one of my other top favourite authors of all time, N.K.Jemisin, recommended it. And although the synopsis didn't sound like something I would typically look for I am so glad th
Sonia Lal
The Siren Depths is the third in the series and I think it’s probably my favorite in the whole series. It might be confusing without reading the previous books.

The word is gorgeously described and very, very imaginative, just like in the first book. And it just keeps getting better. I love it.
I love the characters, too. The main character, Moon, finds the family that abandoned him when he was born. Apparently he’s the spitting image of his father. ;)

Moon was born a consort in a winged, matriar
Third book about angsty scaly dragon-people. I'll call this the conclusion of a trilogy, if only because it gets back to the "Fell invasion" threads of book one (thus stranding book two out in middle-book-syndrome land). Also, we finally see a hint of epic-scale historical backdrop, and appropriately climactic trilogy-ending drama. (In an appropriately cinematic setting.) But I wouldn't swear that there won't be a fourth book heading off in some as-yet-unexplored plot direction.

The Fell are an i
I very much enjoyed getting a chance to spend time in the world of the Raksura again. This third book nicely wraps up Moon's journey, from solitary Raksura who reluctantly joins the court of Indigo Cloud, to truly being a part of that family, and his being able to do that is encapsulated in his journey to court of Onyx Night where he learns surprising things about his origins and family, while confronting the dark plans of the Fell.

Not to give too much away, but while Moon is still plagued with
The Books of the Raksura follow adventures of a male shifter Moon in a imaginary world of Three Realms. After events in The Cloud Roads and The Serpent Sea, Moon finally settled down as a consort to a Jade, sister queen of Indigo Cloud court. They have successfully fled from their enemies, The Fell, and reclaimed and repaired their old home. But rest is still not in the cards for Moon, because in The Siren Depths Martha Wells will finally tackle the biggest mystery - what really happened to Moon ...more
Joel Neff
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The final instalment in this series is excellent. I think I may like it best of the entire series. It is certainly as good as the first book. I think one of the main reasons is that this books concentrates on the Raksura. There is quite a bit about Indigo Cloud, Moon's (the main character's) home, and then there is also a lot about his ancestral home. It has all the good points of the previous two books (original world, great non-humans, good characters, extremely egalitarian society (meaning re ...more
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Medrith Nuttle
This is the 3rd book of a (great) trilogy, and I think you really need to read it in order. The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, then The Siren Depths. The series is called The Books of the Raksura because the main characters are all Raksura, flying shape-shifting beings in a world of many intelligent races of creatures, none of whom are human as we know it. They are very different from anything we know. They are also very easy to relate to and sympathize with, and to like and root for. Martha Well ...more
J.M. Klees
It's always a treat to get to read a new Martha Wells. I've really come to love all the members of Indigo Cloud and getting to learn about Moon's past and seeing more of court life in general was great. I have to say that this entry drew me in less than the previous stories; it feels like a transition book, more setting the stage than a grand adventure. I hope that a fourth book will be released and that we get to see Moon and Jade move on to the next stage of their lives. I also am looking forw ...more
Well's writing style reminds me of Mercedes Lackey or my childhood favorite Andre Norton with worlds created I wouldn't mind visiting. There is an optimism about their plots and almost always a heroic ending with the good triumphing over evil. I know "adult" fantasy is often only considered to be the grim and bloody but we have enough of that in reality. It's nice to escape once in awhile.
Moon has hesitantly settled into Indigo Cloud when his past slams him off his feet again. A chance inquiry has located his birth court, and Raksuran etiquette and politics being what they are, Moon now has to return. It's the family he doesn't remember and doesn't want. Jade has promised to fight for him, but Moon isn't sure he can believe her. After all, his whole life has been about getting kicked out of every place he's ever lived. And even if she can fight, will a queen from a small colony l ...more
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Martha Wells is the author of over a dozen SF/F novels, including Wheel of the Infinite, City of Bones, The Element of Fire, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. She has a fantasy trilogy: The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods, currently out in paperback. Her most recent fantasy novels are The Cloud Roads (March 2011), The Serpent Sea (January 2012), and The ...more
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