Cobweb Bride

Cobweb Bride

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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. ..". Nazarian writes clean and true prose ..." -- Publishers Weeklyshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 342 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 33.02mm | 589.67g
  • Norilana Books
  • Winnetka, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1607621126
  • 9781607621126
  • 1,783,862

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“Bring to me my Cobweb Bride. Bring her to the gates of Death’s Keep that stands in the Northern Forest. Only then will I grant relief and resume taking your kind unto me. Until then, none shall die.” As soon as you start reading, you know this book will be amazing. The use of language is delightful: Death's first appearance, coalescing into form out of smoke, darkness, and garlands of ice cobwebs, is so incredibly vivid and beautiful you can't help being hooked right there. There is talent here, descriptions abound, but they do not show up on the page as the usual scene building for the plot, instead, it's as if the reader's eyes can't help but being arrested by a multitude of singular details that merge to form the most illuminating pictures. The worlbuilding and characters are fantastic, but not only that, the premise of the story, while being based on the Persephone myth, is wonderfully original. Adaptations of the myth tend to focus on how Demeter's grief keeps the world from flourishing and how death soon ravages untamed. In the Cobweb Bride the dying remain in agony in their deathbeds, or bleeding from gaping wounds in the battlefields, or freezing in the murky darkness at the bottom of icy lakes - but Death will bring them no relief. Not until his bride is brought to him. In the quest to deliver Death's Cobweb Bride several stories are told: the old queen whose death rattle keeps the castle awake, the three frivolous nobles who decide to make of this quest an amusing adventure, the dead duke's son charged with capturing all potential Cobweb Brides from reaching their destiny so his father may remain undead, the princess and her murderer (my personal favourite sub-plot), and Percy and her carriage full of would-be Cobweb Brides. Each sub-plot is captivating in its own right, and their characters all have the same purpose: to allow the dead to truly die, for, as the book says, "to be dead is not such a bad thing when it is your time to be dead, to be relieved of pain and suffering." Fans of Patricia A. McKillip will surely love this book, but I recommend it to everyone who likes fantasy.show more
by Isa Vidigal
I received a free review copy of The Cobweb Bride via the author. Attention this review is spoiler-free and is written according my own personal opinion. Cobweb Bride is a story of life and death, of how important Death is to the balance of the world. Set in a classic World with politics as background. The premise settles in Death wanting a Bride. It is a curious start but somehow it gives hints of how lonely the personification of Death should be. I liked the way the concept of dying was portrayed: surely something scary but at the same time giving the perspective of the freedom and relief that it may bring to those in pain. If no one ever died that could bring the chaos to the world. Somehow I felt like I was reading an ancient fairytale. The writing style was lovely, almost like poetry in every sentence, this can be good and bad, depending on your mood. It might tire you sometimes but If you get used to it then it becomes less thick and more fluid. The plot is not romance focused and honestly to romance fans this might be lacking in that, but there are subtle hints of it and they might be developed in the sequel. I liked Percy, the protagonist, a lot, she was strong and stubborn. In the first chapters the story can be somehow confusing and the names hard to remember, but you will eventually get used to it. An interesting alternative historical setting with the fierce presence of a blend of unique magical realism and a little bit of fantasy. I liked the fact that there was no insta love, miracles and that the character development was gradually built. Beautiful concept and likable characters with a touch of mystery. The sceneries/setting was a breath of fresh air. What I didn´t like much at first was the feeling of dragging but I praise the originality in the plot and the author's twist in the Greek myth of Hades/Persephone. There was just a thing I didn´t like much: the several POVs. I think that it gives a lot more of details about supporting characters, but I like it more when the emphasis is given on the protagonist and everything is told according to one POV. So if you want to read something different, you might want to read this, even though the writing style is detailed and the setting is not your traditional historical. I'll be looking forward to the sequel.show more
by Anabela Jesus Gervasio
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