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

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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 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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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

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
Jan 17, 2013 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it
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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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N.K. Jemisin
Jul 09, 2012 N.K. Jemisin rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 31, 2013 heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Dec 09, 2012 Sasha rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 09, 2012 Lara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-in-2012
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
Nov 14, 2012 Yune rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 27, 2012 Yarrow rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 04, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
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
Seregil of Rhiminee
Dec 11, 2012 Seregil of Rhiminee rated it it was amazing
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Originally published at Risingshadow.

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
Just A. Bean
Dec 13, 2012 Just A. Bean rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Melissa McShane
Jan 03, 2013 Melissa McShane rated it really liked it
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
Sonia Lal
Jan 06, 2013 Sonia Lal rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
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
Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

Great adventure and wrap up to this series.
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
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
Nick Fagerlund
Feb 24, 2013 Nick Fagerlund rated it really liked it
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,
Jun 08, 2016 Charty rated it really liked it
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. 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 doub
Jun 29, 2016 Mimi rated it it was amazing
Now that the Indigo Cloud court has settled into their new home, Moon and Jade focus their attention on starting a family, but conceiving proves to be more difficult than either had anticipated.

Meanwhile, a powerful court with a powerful reigning queen on the other side of the Reaches makes a claim on Moon. She thinks he is the son she lost during a Fell attack on her colony many years ago. These events line up with Moon’s age and his vague memories of that time and Sorrow, the Raksura he thoug
Oct 12, 2013 Justme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
Is this the final book? I think my heart just broke. Dx

But, god! I loved this! I think Moon will probably be a new favorite character of mine. I totally love how he just kicks ass and asks questions later. He's one of those few characters that I can completely see him saying "Come at me Bro" and totally believe it.

I mean, throwing a kettle to start a fight? And Stone is totally and completely like "yeah, okay," like he just expects Moon to pick a fight with everyone. Everyone in that court must
May 28, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it
What's that saying? You can choose your friends but not your family? Moon is still trying to settle into Indigo Cloud court when he discovers he may not be as much of an orphan as he thought he was ... More Raksuran politics, this time with extra familial complications, more Fell doing bad things, yet more tiny, tiny glimpses of a sprawling and fascinating world (seriously: I love the worldbuilding that's been going on here) and maybe even a glimpse at some distant history all combine into an em ...more
Oct 04, 2015 Choko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, dragons
Wow! What can I say about this wonderfully creative and tender story? I loved it!!! I was already in love with the characters, but Moon's mom, she just took over! What a bad-ass! A perfect match for Stone :-)

Overall I am sad that the trilogy is over, despite my belief that major fantasy of this type is best suited for the 3 book format. I will miss Moon, Stone and Chime and most probably will revisit them soon.
Oct 11, 2015 Roxane rated it it was amazing
4.5 Wonderful Stars

I love this world so much. I love these characters so much. Martha Wells does not disappoint.

Recommended to everybody who likes their fantasy to be a little bit different.
Mar 16, 2016 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it
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I remember when I first started reading this series. It struck me as pretty original, but I couldn’t quite see why so many people raved about it the way they did. It was notable for not having any human characters, and of course for being well-written, and I could see those things, but it didn’t really hit me the way it hit some. Then I reread the first two books, and finally finished this one, and my opinions upon rereading have shifte
Final rating: 5/5 stars

So much things happened in this book I just don't know where to start. Many things are explained, many things have happened here. And the most important - we finally found out what happened to Moon's family.

But it wasn't just that, this book was really and so much emotional. It had me smiling many times, and crying just as much. I sobbed at 3 am in the morning, and then I decided it would be the best idea to calm down and continue after I wake up, because, damn, it hurt t
May 09, 2016 Athena rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fantasy readers, character-driven storyline fans
Recommended to Athena by: Carol. Mimi
Oh my, this was a tasty read! The third and final volume of the immensely satisfying Books of the Raksura, The Siren Depths is every single bit as good as the two preceding books and marks the end of a terrific trilogy. It's a brilliant conclusion to an extraordinary tale, visionary and realistic at the same time.

Wells' writing is compellingly well-crafted and the three novels that make up the series work beautifully together. Each of the three books has a great plot with interesting characte
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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, ebook, and audiobook.

Her most recent fantasy novels are The Books of the Raksura series: The Cloud Roads
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