Someone was asking about this, so I thought I'd go ahead and talk about it. Since around late November-early December, The Cloud Roads has been pretty difficult to find, and it's now been "temporarily" out of stock at B&N online and Amazon for about a month, and is pretty much on its way out of print. So yeah, not having the first book of a series available when the third book comes out is not a good thing.
When people have been asking me about more Raksura books after The Siren Depths these past few weeks, I've been trying to sound optimistic, but I'm not particularly optimistic about it anymore.
This is sort of the same thing that happened with the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, except in that case it was The Gate of Gods that was extremely difficult to find, so I still run into people who thought the third book never came out. (And that's also why there haven't been any Ile-Rien books since then.)
Anyway, there are a few independent stores I know of that are still listing one copy of The Cloud Roads: Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, and The Tattered Cover. It is still available used, but sale of used books don't affect sales numbers at all so are pretty nonexistent for authors and publishers. It's also still available in ebook and audiobook for now.
January 7th, 2013