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The Serpent Sea (Vol. 2, The Books of the Raksura) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Martha Wells

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Title:The Serpent Sea (Vol. 2, The Books of the Raksura)
Authors:Martha Wells
Info:Night Shade Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 355 pages
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Tags:Fantasy, series, Kindle, Raksura

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The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells (2012)



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I'm really enjoying this series. There's some very creative world-building and development of cultures for the various peoples in said world. Females among the Raksura are both leaders and stronger than males, so the books also really explore ideas of gender.

In this book, our main character Moon and his compatriots head back to their source tree to rebuild it as their home, but things don't quite go as expected. Moon remains a courageous, independent hero in the face of all that follows. ( )
  chavala | Dec 28, 2016 |
I think these would probably be classified as young adult lit, though I'm not sure. She's a good storyteller, and I love the characters she's created in these books. I'll keep reading the series. One of the interesting things about the series is the fun she's had messing with our "traditional western" concepts of gender and strength and vulnerability - I've really enjoyed that aspect of the story. ( )
  bicyclewriter | Jan 8, 2016 |
The Serpent Sea is the sequel to The Cloud Roads, which you should probably read first as an introduction to Wells’ characters and world.

In The Cloud Roads, the court of Indigo Cloud set off to find their ancestral home. In The Serpent Sea, they’ve found it, a giant mountain tree more than capable of housing the entire court. Unfortunately, the heart seed of the tree has been stolen, leaving it rotting out slowly from the inside. Moon, Jade, and a few others will have to travel all the way to the Serpent Sea to retrieve the heart seed.

The Serpent Sea had a slow start and didn’t really pick up until Moon and the others were actually at the Serpent Sea and going after the seed. Once they found the moving islands seen on the cover, I was hooked.

By far the best thing about the series is the vivid, imaginative world Wells has created. It’s fantastical, alien, and often beautiful. The setting is breathtaking, and Wells populates it with a wide variety of otherworldly creatures, such as the Raksura, the protagonists. The Raksura are human enough in their thoughts and feelings to be relatable, but these scaled shapeshifters have a very different biology and social system that reminds me more of bees than anything else.

Moon’s still trying to fit into Court life and feel like he belongs. He can’t quite get over his past as a permanent outsider, and he’s completely baffled as to the customs of the court and what’s expected of him.

Characterization sometimes felt a bit thin. There were so many different Raksura that it could be hard to keep track of all of them. I felt like I had a good handle on who Moon, Jade, Stone, Pearl, and Chime were, but I had difficulty remembering all the others.

I will most certainly be returning to the world of the Raksura, and I’d recommend this series to anyone looking for highly original fantasy.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Jul 30, 2015 |
I definitely enjoyed this book, pretty much for the same reasons I liked nr. 1, The cloud roads: nice world, nice shapeshifters, nice characters. I particularly liked the Raksuran society, where no-one is less because they are female or male, or because they are Arbora or Raksuran, or because they are groundlings or not. So why not more than 3.5 stars? Well, the world is very different from our own, with many different species and habitats. I'm ok with some description where necessary for the story, or when it involves the new Raksuran home, where we can expect to spend quite some time. But on the quest Moon, Jade, Stone and some others undertake after arriving at their new home, there is just a bit too much of it. I liked the conversations and the discoveries, but when you describe loads of strange things, and only one of them is relevant, it distracts from the story. In the second half of the book, there are few long chase scenes, and again there is too much description of where which tunnel or hallway leads and where it ends up. I had some trouble picturing it, and in the end didn't read it as carefully anymore. That actually worked out fine, showing that the detail wasn't necessary. Despite all that, it was still a very nice book, and I love the Raksuran as a species. It's nice to find out about their society through Moon (who lived as a solitary since his childhood). I'll definitely read nr. 3! ( )
1 vote zjakkelien | Sep 1, 2013 |
In this book we will again have an opportunity to enjoy in descriptions of wonderful world that Martha Wells created.
Indigo Court is moving to a new location and of course there will be a couple of problems that will need to be fixed. But when Stone, Moon, Jade & other Raksura join forces you know that there is HEA lurking in the end. :)

My only complaint is that I felt this book a bit more stagnant than [b:The Cloud Roads|9461562|The Cloud Roads (Books of the Raksura, #1)|Martha Wells|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1317017378s/9461562.jpg|14346450], so we do not get to visit as much new places as before. (Yes, I am spoiled by previous book I admit it.)
Also the same can be said for relationship between Moon and Jade. I did not feel any new depth of feeling developing between them, as is normal for a couple.

But if we ignore this, the book was great. As before we have original and interesting world, species, customs... When will you have an opportunity to read a fantasy book where a main hero looks like this?

Moon by Jessica Peffer

I will definitely read the next book when it is published. :) ( )
  bookwormdreams | Apr 10, 2013 |
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Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he's found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.… (more)

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