Keep your mind active.
An exotic world forms the backdrop for continuing a fantastic adventure by Martha Wells. This is book 2 of an outstanding SCIFI/Fantasy Series. You really need to read/listen to the first book, The Cloud Roads before starting this one. If you enjoyed the first, you will not be disappointed here. Moon, the stories hero continues to learn about his people and their customs, as he sets out on a quest to save their new home.
Just as in the first book, the world continues to introduce imaginative landscapes, characters and races, the likes of which I have not seen in other works. The narration is again excellent, and the second book in the series was not a letdown. I am on to the third book now, but already know I will be disappointed to see the story end. I hope the author considers exploring this world further.
I loved the story but the narration and production was very well done. I would have to say the whole package!
It's different and thanks to the author's talent this "world" is not too complex to understand.
That I totally forgot I was listening to an audio book.
As Moon helps his new found friends search for a very important piece of their heritage, Moon faces internal as well as external issues in his personal values with all the new peoples he meets. Wish this weren't the end as it seems, such a good story !
Mostly use audio books in planes these days. Know I really like a book when I find myself with earphones still on from home to hotel
The storyline in this 2nd novel is more varied and ranges from an initial "discovery" setting in the home forest to an odd twist that turns into an old fashioned quest, but in a very unique setting. Given the progression and growth of the characters and a good pace overall, very good listen and lives up to promise in 1st book.
Definitely in the middle
More depth into the world and characters.
It was entertaining, just nothing I would exclaim over.
A wonderful continuation of the story and characters introduced in The Cloud Roads, can't wait for the 3rd installment. The world created by Martha Wells is simply amazing, I can see it all in my mind's eye as the story unfolds.
I read so I can write
In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.
With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.
Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.
Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.
The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.
It's unusual to find a fantasy novel that features really lush, complex world-building but is still well-suited to audiobook format. Often the complexity becomes a little confusing, or the rich description muddles the plot. But Martha Wells's prose style is a perfect fit for the spoken word-- she gives just enough detail to allow you to revel in the nifty, gorgeous concepts without losing the thread of the narrative. A fortunate thing, given that the narrative is a marvelous, thoughtful, moving, and occasionally terrifying adventure.
I should say off the bat that this is foremost a plea for Audible Frontiers to produce the third novel, due out this December, as an audiobook. The Raksura series is one of the most compulsively listenable ongoing stories I've ever had the good fortune to discover, and I know I'm not the only one who'd really like to have any subsequent books to look forward to in audio form. What say you, Audible?
In any case, back to the review. The friend who recommended the Raksura series to me informed me that while the main character seems at first to have a mild case of Male Epic Fantasy Protagonist Syndrome, there is in fact a really interesting deconstruction going on. I agree! (That is to say, the story is riddled with pleasant surprises.) A lot of tropes get turned on their heads, often in a delightful fashion, and characters acquire ever more depth as the plot progresses.
The narration is merely adequate. The narrator's voice isn't exactly mellifluous, but it's not grating. While listening, on occasion I'd think, "did you pay *any* attention to the clear in-text indications of how you should have read that?" And from time to time I took issue with his rendition of female characters' lines-- he sometimes pronounces them with a tremulous quality that is, given the character and the situation she's in, totally inappropriate. But overall he reads competently, and when he doesn't, it doesn't really detract from the scene.
I'm trying to avoid any spoilers here. The tight plotting relies in part on gradual revelations (as plotting is wont to do), and I don't want to wreck their well-considered structure. Suffice it to say that I love The Serpent Sea (and its predecessor, The Cloud Roads) with all my persnickety heart.
Oh how the righter teases me about giving me more information about the main race featured in this book. That, I feel, is its only down fall. The action is good. And how the characters deal with and learn to blend in with the other races is intriguing. You do need the first book to get this one, so get the first one. I wish Audible had more of her books. I'm very interested. And the reader had a down right sexy voice. A little irksome when he dose the main female characters voice, she sounds like a transvestite.