no. 1, Cobweb Bride - Cobweb Bride, no. 1
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Many are called...
She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.
COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.
What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?
In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary "pocket" of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill....
Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness... Her skin is cold as snow... Her eyes frozen... Her gaze, fiercely alive...
While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war... A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father… Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court.... Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living...
Look closer — through the cobweb filaments of her hair and along each strand shine stars...
And one small village girl, Percy—an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter—is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.
As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death's own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…
And everyone is trying to stop her.
From Publishers Weekly
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A powerful story along the lines of Death Takes a Holiday. As creepy and disturbing an opening as one can hope for, the story could easily be classed as horror. Yet, it is a story of redemption and second chances, of finding oneself under circumstances that are as strange as they possibly can be. The author touches upon themes of how the desire to hang on to power corrupts not only psychologically but physically as well, the desire to be accepted and useful, and that overriding desire to love and be loved. The politics are complex but not overly so. I liked the descriptions of what can happen should people be unable to die. And the ending will surprise as well as whet your appetite for the second in this trilogy. Highly recommended.
Very Slow Start
I consume books the way many consume junk food. But this book was difficult to get into. By the end of the book, I was finally invested in at least SOME of the characters. But only because I made myself finish the book. The number of characters and places and story lines introduced in the first two hundred pages were overwhelming. I kept thinking I needed to take notes, and that kind of kills the "reading for pleasure" aspect. I don't feel like the book really grabbed my attention until around the five hundred page mark. Before that, the reading was forced and mechanical, wondering if I should continue or just put it down. I'm glad I kept reading. And I do plan to purchase Cobweb Empire. But I'm hoping it will be easier to get into.
This is a wonderfully written piece with beautiful diction, prose and characters. Not your typical "teen fiction" or "romance". This author has created a true female champion who reminds me of Tamora Pierce's Lioness in many ways. A very good read!