Review: The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

the-sirens-depthsThe Siren Depths
by Martha Wells
Narrated by Christopher Kipiniak
Series: The Books of the Raksura #3
Genre: Fantasy
Published by Night Shade Books, 2012
Audiobook, purchased
277 pages
15 hours, 47 minutes
Grade: A-
Narrator grade: B+
Synopsis: 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 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 shapeshifting 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…

“About forty turns ago there was a colony in the east, and a warrior named Swift, who had to change her name to Sorrow….”


  • I love this series. The world Ms. Wells has created is so interesting.
  • I like the narrator for this book. It took me a little while to get used to the narration since I had read e-book versions of the first two books.
  • I like that Moon discovers more about his background in this book. Also he finds out more about Sorrow in this book. She was so important in his early life.
  • Moon’s ancestral home is an interesting place still haunted by the past. And Moon’s life there is bittersweet and not exactly how he wants it.
  • I feel so sorry for Shade in this book, but he also finds his strength and his identity.
  • The Raksura are awesome, but they’re not perfect. That makes them more realistic.
  • I really like how different the Raksura are from humans. They aren’t just an alien culture that acts the same as a human culture. For example: gender roles are so different from human roles; males aren’t afraid to show affection for each other; there are different types of Raksura and each have their roles in their society; the Raksura are fierce predators.
  • It’s interesting to see more Raksura Courts and how they’re the same and different from each other.
  • I love seeing Moon’s strengths. He’s not the typical Raksura consort: he isn’t a pampered consort who waits for the females to save him.
  • I really like the relationship Moon and Jade have. They have difficulties in this book, but they work together to overcome them. They use each other’s strengths and trust each other.
  • It’s hard to understand the Fell. They’re intelligent, but seem totally without compassion, morals or empathy. And it’s so awful they look a lot like the Raksura and seem to be related.
  • Totally recommend this series!


  • No jeers!

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I wasn’t sure there would be more full length books in this series. When I was checking on this book I discovered book 4 in this series–The Edge of Worlds–is due out on Apr 5, 2016. And it’s part of a two book series. Yay!
  • Ms. Wells has written two volumes of stories of the Raksura. I have both those books and can’t wait to read them, too.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Martha Wells is the author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Books of the Raksura series, Star Wars: Razor’s Edge, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as short stories, nonfiction, and YA fantasy. Her books have been published in seven languages.
  • Her first novel, The Element of Fire, was published by Tor in hardcover in July 1993 and was a finalist for the 1993 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award and a runner-up for the 1994 Crawford Award. The French edition, Le feu primordial, was a 2003 Imaginales Award nominee.

Reading Challenges

  • 2015 Goodreads Challenge
  • Audiobook Challenge–hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs
  • TBR Pile Challenge–hosted by the Bookish blog