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The Serpent Sea | [Martha Wells]

The Serpent Sea

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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. Nearby they find the remains of the invaders who may be responsible, as well as evidence of a devastating theft. This discovery sends Moon and the hunters of Indigo Cloud on a quest for the heartstone of the tree - a quest that will lead them far away, across the Serpent Sea.

In this followup to The Cloud Roads, Martha Wells returns with a world-spanning odyssey, a mystery that only provokes more questions and the adventure of a lifetime.

Also listen to the first book, The Cloud Roads.

©2012 Martha Wells (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Wells… spins an exciting adventure around an alien hero who anyone can identify with." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 04-14-14
    Magdalena Chicago, IL, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow - An original universe"

    Martha Wells world is exciting, beautiful and intriguing. Christopher Kipiniak makes the story come to life. His performance in this and the next two books make for some exciting Sci Fi and Fantasy that is like nothing else to which I have listened. A+ to the entire series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 04-25-12
    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2010

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    "A different type of fantasy."



    So, I went into this series not expecting much at all. To be honest, I was expecting something written badly but I was pleasantly surprised. So here we go:

    -At first, I did not like the narrator and thought his voices where corny, but he grew on me and I ended up enjoying him

    - The book was actually pretty clever and overall, it was very different from other things I have read.

    - I feel that there needs to be more to this series, it does not seem to have an end. This is a good thing!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Lovettsville, VA, United States 04-17-12
    Elizabeth Lovettsville, VA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So Brilliant - We are left breathless"
    What did you love best about The Serpent Sea?

    The characters - real, earthy, detailed, ironic, a culture come alive


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything has consequence. You could feel the impact on a culture with a different physiology.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Kipiniak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was a stunning performance by someone who truly understood the author's intent. He "got it."


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The whole family inhaled the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Give us more!!!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14
    MickeyMarie Narnia 02-16-14 Member Since 2003

    I read so I can write

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    "I am so hooked"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Bookie Shreveport, LOUISIANA, United States 06-20-12
    Bookie Shreveport, LOUISIANA, United States 06-20-12
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    "Best Science Fiction I've Ever Read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Serpent Sea to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure. I have only purchased the audio edition.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved Moon's adventure and his character growth from visiting the neighboring court with genuine Consorts to his internal struggle with himself as he must work alongside another solitary. The entire book is filled with adventure, and Moon is finally learning to accept himself for who he is and find a home with Indigo-Cloud and Jade!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the one in which Moon confronts the solitary, Rift about his murder and lies. He finally realizes that he is not the same person as the latter.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of Flower really made me sad! It was really unexpected...


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book to everyone! I have never been a big Science Fiction fan, and I was surprised to find how much I love this book! The characters are relatable and not over the top perfect in beauty or character, this is especially true for the main character, Moon. It is a book that you don't want to turn off!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 08-28-12
    Amazon Customer HELOTES, TEXAS, United States 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, I would highly recommend it"

    This second book in the series is just as good as the first one. The author has a great ability to take animal behavior and intertwine it with human society. The characters are well-thought out and the book keeps you interested all the way through. Can't wait for the next one.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great fantasy lit!"

    The first book is better, as this one is a little predictable, but it's quite original at the same time

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    Joyce Westford, MA, United States 07-10-12
    Joyce Westford, MA, United States 07-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I didn't want it to end!"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Enjoyed all of the well-developed characters thoroughly.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Picturing the Island where the "floating ships" were....beautiful scenery come alive with words.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, I'll say I was sad to hear the end of this second book. I use audio books for commuting and there were many times I wished I could have sat in my car and listened longer!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    margaret Boise, ID, United States 05-22-12
    margaret Boise, ID, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent Series. Eagerly awaiting the next book."
    What made the experience of listening to The Serpent Sea the most enjoyable?

    I loved the story but the narration and production was very well done. I would have to say the whole package!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's different and thanks to the author's talent this "world" is not too complex to understand.


    What about Christopher Kipiniak’s performance did you like?

    That I totally forgot I was listening to an audio book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    no

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    candlesoftime Clackamas, OR, United States 03-10-12
    candlesoftime Clackamas, OR, United States 03-10-12 Member Since 2005

    I'm a mother of nine wonderful children, 4 daughters and 5 sons. 14 grandchildren all of whom I have encouraged to read read read. Love the audible way so I can either sew or draw !

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    "Want More !"

    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 !

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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