Desra was a Tiste Andii Soletaken who formerly lived on the moving island of Drift Avalii before the invasion of the Tiste Edur. She was the daughter or grand-daughter of Anomander Rake. She and her relations, Nimander, Phaed, Skintick, Aranatha, Nenanda and Kedeviss, were kept safe by their uncle Andarist until the events in House of Chains.
Desra was known for seducing and manipulating men. She gave back to them a version of themselves which they lusted for.
Desra and her siblings battled across the Malazan continent along with Clip who guided them. Along the way they came near Bastion where they saw the power of the Dying God and later did battle with him.