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The Serpent Sea Audiobook

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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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.

    2 of 2 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!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Lovettsville, VA, United States 04-17-12
    Amazon Customer 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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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2016
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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

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Becky M 06-20-12
    Becky M 06-20-12 Member Since 2016
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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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    "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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn N 03-10-12
    Carolyn N 03-10-12 Member Since 2014
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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 !

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-31-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2008

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    "A solid follow up with more character development"

    This is the second book of the series and if you haven't read the first book, Cloud Roads, you should start there. Without that context and background you will find this book much less enjoyable. In this book, Indigo Cloud must face the fact that all is not right with their new (old) Mountain Tree home and they head out on an expedition to find a solution. Their quest takes them to the court of a rival Raksuran clan and Martha Wells uses this opportunity to further flesh out her Raksuran society in more original ways. This is the real hook of this series and she builds nicely upon the foundation that she built in book one.

    All of the main characters return and are developed throughout this story. With the possible exception of Stone I didn't find any of the characters all that compelling in the first book, but as a group they are growing on me over time. Indigo Cloud takes its dysfunctional family on the road and must interact with groundlings regularly which gives Moon plenty of opportunity to leverage his past as an asset to help his new colony. The main group of characters feels like old friends by the time the end of this one rolls around and it leaves you wanting to move on to book 3 to spend more time with them.

    Just as he did in Cloud Roads, Christopher Kipiniak does an excellent job on the narration of this one. Overall I would say I liked it more than the first book. The Serpent Sea successfully builds upon all that was good with Cloud Roads and the character development helps round this out into an enjoyable listen.

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    Amazon Customer 03-16-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good fallow up the the first book"

    This book was as good as the first one, a must read for those who like the first book.

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