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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I have recommended and will continue to recommend The Tales of the Raksura series but no one listens to me. Just in case, though... If you are looking for a series of fantasy novels that defy Tolkien-true tropes, this series for you. Set in the Three Worlds, a world whose geography and inhabitants are almost wholly unfamiliar from our own, Martha Wells' flying dragon shifters are so familiar to us because of their humanity. I love this series wholeheartedly. Start with The Could Roads. Our hero, Moon, doesn't even know what he is or where he's from. That's wonderful for the reader because we get to know the Raksura and the Three Worlds as Moon searches for a place to call home. Then, in the second novel, The Serpent Seas, Moon and members of the Indigo Cloud court have to fight to make their home safe and secure. This third novel very satisfactorily answers our remaining questions about who Moon really is and where he's from. It's lovely how the author turns traditional gender roles around and then has her characters subvert them some more. Brilliant.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I can't begin to choose. Okay, Moon first. He's prickly and prone to fighting and loyal and honorable. Then, Stone who is even more prickly, prone to fighting and is ancient, to boot.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
When Malachite refers to Moon and Jade as children (even though she's telling them to shut up), I knew that she had accepted Jade as Moon's queen, even though it means he must leave her and his new found home.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Throughout the first two books of this series, the lead character, Moon, has struggled to find his place within Raksuran society. After forty turns spent growing up amongst groundlings his re-integration into the world of the Raksuran has been an endless series of learning experiences. Moon has struggled to know what he wants at times but by the end of book two he becomes determined to make his place in the Indigo Cloud court work out for both him and them.
All of that gets tossed up in the air when his birth court finds out that he is alive and now Moon faces a threat of a different kind. Moon has never fit in anywhere all of his life and now he finds himself with reasons to fit in to multiple places. However, all is not what it seems at his birth court and an external threat by the dreaded Fell takes priority. Once again Moon finds himself in the thick of the conflict and he must battle his own feelings at the same time that he battles the Fell.
Moon's story comes full circle in The Siren Depths and Martha Wells fills in a lot of the blanks. Christopher Kipiniak delivers another excellent performance and this acts as a fitting end to a unique trilogy. All of the main story threads are tied together nicely and Moon's time as a solitary is certainly over.
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
A return to The Three Worlds and the shape-shifting Raksura. The mystery of Moon's birth court is solved but not in a good way for the insecure Moon. Lots of angst, Jade and Stone plus The Fell reappear. Emotional and satisfying.
If you read the other two books, don't miss this one. :)