Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Siren Depths: The Third Book of the…

The Siren Depths: The Third Book of the Raksura (The Books of the Raksura) (edition 2012)

by Martha Wells

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
153778,096 (4.23)1 / 27
Title:The Siren Depths: The Third Book of the Raksura (The Books of the Raksura)
Authors:Martha Wells
Info:Night Shade Books (2012), Paperback, 320 pages

Work details

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
This series is great. Such a unique and varied world, populated with all sorts of sentient beings. I love the Raksura, their ability to shift forms and fly, their complex social structure and intricate courts/homes. Fiercely loyal, brave, impatient, complicated.

Wells writes complex characters and intricate relationships and I really love so very many of them: Moon, Jade, Chime, Celedon, Lithe, Malachite, on and on.

I've heard a piece of writing advice, that how characters inhabit their bodies is important to include in order to give a sense of groundedness to readers. Wells does an amazing job with the physicality of the Raksura - the snap of wings unfurling, the twitching of tails and flaring of spines, the nibble on a neck of a loved one.

In volume 3, Moon journeys to visit another Raksura court, but not by choice. Along the way, he learns about his mostly-forgotten path, encountered more gorram Fell, and figures out some things about his future. Another great installment. ( )
  chavala | Dec 28, 2016 |
The Siren Depths is the third of Martha Well’s Raksura novels, which start with The Cloud Roads. This series takes place in a completely different fantasy world, one where there are no humans or other recognizable species. The main characters are all Raksura, a race of shapeshifters.

Moon, the protagonist, spent the majority of his life as a lone wanderer with no idea of even what species he was. Since then he has been reunited with his own species and has become the consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. But now Moon’s original court has surfaced, and they are laying claim to him, just when he’d found a place where he finally thought he belonged.

The Siren Depths is my favorite of the Raksura novels so far due to how much it digs into Moon’s emotional and psychological issues. He’s basically spent his life being rejected, as one groundling settlement after another would realize he was something different (possibly mistaking him for one of the evil Fell) and casting him out, sometimes violently. When he’s being taken away from Indigo Cloud, he believes that it’s happening again, despite Jade’s promise that she will follow to get him back. His fears are exacerbated by the fact a new consort was sent to replace him and that he and Jade haven’t had a clutch yet. Did anyone at Indigo Cloud care for him or were they only accepting him because they desperately needed a consort?

Additionally, he has to confront what he finds in the court of his birth. This includes the introduction new characters, some whom I dearly love (Shade!). There’s also his old court’s history with the Fell and an impending invasion by those evil counterparts who’ve been experimenting with crossbreeding with the Raksura… for reasons that are revealed in The Siren Depths.

In my reviews of the prior two novels, I complained about having trouble keeping track of the secondary characters. For whatever reason, everything clicked into place for me with this book in regard to characters.

As always, the world of the Raksura is incredibly imaginative. There’s flying ships and cities carved into cliff sides and built beneath the sea. After all, this is a series about “matriarchal bisexual shapeshifting flying lizard people." Imagination is to be expected. What’s remarkable is how wonderfully Well’s pulls it off. Her world is beautiful and wholly believable, as strange and alien as it is.

The Raksura books are a series that really puts the “fantastic” in fantasy. It’s so very different from everything else out there, and so very good. I highly recommend them.

Originally posted on The Illustrated Page. ( )
  pwaites | Feb 11, 2016 |
Excellent third book to the series. I love the way she takes on gender and upsets the whole gender role tropes. And makes everyone a contributor to the Raksura society. ( )
  majkia | May 24, 2015 |
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 remarkably little chauvinism))and it concentrates on all the things I liked about the previous books. Moon's emotional journey continues, and he finally learns about his family. The give and take of his relationship with his new family and his chosen family (Indigo Cloud) is well described. I felt some indignation for Moon's sake because of his mother's presumptions, but although it felt odd to me, it clearly was normal behavior for the Raksura. A lovely book, and a good conclusion to the series! ( )
  zjakkelien | Sep 18, 2013 |
Moon is still finding his place among the Raksura (its been a mere 6 months since discovering his own species and beginning to live among them), and his still somewhat rocky relationship with his consort, Jade, when his world is turned again on its head. A distant court has learned of him, and claims him as theirs, forcing him to leave the only people he ever felt he belongs with, and return to the court of his birth. There, Moon is forced to confront his barely remembered past, and his place among his own people.

This is an excellent story. You do not need to have read her previous two books in the series to be able to follow along, although having read them, the story is much enriched. Martha Wells continually impresses me with the quality of her writing and worldbuilding. It still amazes me that she can make me care so deeply about characters who are humanoid--not human--and live in a world so incredibly different from our own.

Give this book, and series, a try if you want a completely different kind of fantasy read. ( )
  puttocklibrary | May 7, 2013 |
Showing 1-5 of 7 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English (1)

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"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"--Back cover.… (more)

(summary from another edition)

» see all 2 descriptions

LibraryThing Author

Martha Wells is a LibraryThing Author, an author who lists their personal library on LibraryThing.

profile page | author page

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
13 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4.23)
3 6
3.5 4
4 23
4.5 11
5 16


You are using the new servers! | About | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 115,079,660 books! | Top bar: Always visible