The Siren Depths: Volume Three of the Books of the Raksura by Martha WellsThe Siren Depths: Volume Three of the Books of the Raksura by Martha Wells

The Siren Depths: Volume Three of the Books of the Raksura

byMartha Wells

Paperback | December 4, 2012

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Nominated for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Series

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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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...
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Title:The Siren Depths: Volume Three of the Books of the RaksuraFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:December 4, 2012Publisher:Night Shade BooksLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another excellent book! Martha Wells has delivered an excellent third book of Raksura. This answers most of the unanswered questions the reader may have had after reading the first two books. Reading this gave me another chance to marvel over her world-building skills.
Date published: 2014-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wildly Imaginative Storytelling 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.
Date published: 2012-12-04

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Siren Depths and The Books of the Raksura "Breathtakingly surprising and fun. Wells is a master worldbuilder."-The New York Times "Wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It's that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn't go where ten thousand others have gone before."-N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms "Truly inventive and stunningly imaginative world building perfectly melded with vivid, engaging characters make the Books of the Raksura one of my all-time favorite science-fiction series."-Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series"The Siren Depths is a brilliantly complex, absorbing and original fantasy book. . . . you'll be impressed by the complex characters, the originality of the story and the poignant prose. The Siren Depths is one of the best and most original fantasy books of 2012, so make sure that you'll read it as soon as possible."-RisingShadow.net"This is the type of Fantasy series I absolutely love-and highly recommend as a worthwhile series to read and fall in love with."-The Book Smugglers "That rarity-a completely unique and stunning fantasy world."-Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear "Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be-poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up."-Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War "With these books Wells is writing at the top of her game, and given their breadth, originality, complexity, this series is showing indications it could become one of the landmark series of the genre."-Adventures Fantastic "An imaginative world of engaging characters . . . the dramatic battles, tough decisions, and character dynamics shine through."-Publishers Weekly "Martha Wells' Raksura books are dense, and complex, with truly amazing world building, and non-human characters who are quite genuinely alien, yet still comprehensible and sympathetic."-Kelly McCullough, author of the WebMage series and the Fallen Blade novels