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Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Vera Nazarian
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Book Description

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 Weekly

"Set in an alternate Renaissance Europe, this series opener by Russian-born Nazarian combines the stylistic manner of a folktale with the trappings of an epic fantasy, one driven by compassion rather than heroics. . . . Fans of period fantasy and those who like stories that feel like fairy tales should appreciate this skillful novel by the twice Nebula Award-nominated author of Dreams of the Compass Rose and The Duke in His Castle."
--Library Journal

"I really enjoyed the rich, complex and highly unusual storytelling in the Cobweb Bride. Nazarian does an excellent job of painting the Renaissance world of her alternate reality and bringing in interesting twists of fantasy to the story. . . . Everything about this story that was fresh and new. I loved the premise it was built on and I loved the story itself. The characters are rich, multi-dimensional, and so easy to get to know and identify with. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy when it comes out and in finding out more about what happens to the characters that still have a mission to carry out and how the story eventually resolves by the end of the trilogy. I recommend this book to readers of YA, lovers of fantasy, alternate-history, and alternate-reality. It was a terrific read."
--Tracy M. Riva, Midwest Book Review

"Cobweb Bride is astonishing and captivating; a lush fantasy of imagery and magical realism. The visuals are illustrated by the author's lyrical and metaphoric writing . . . an expansive collage of characters immersed in a plot as rich and decadent as a Verdi opera. . . . The vibrancy of Ms. Nazarian's writing is sheer kaleidoscopic visualization. The folkloric-fable twists and turns recount shavings from the mythos of Hades and Persephone without boring you with a full-blown serving of predictability. The romance is as subtle as it is grim, with glimmers of hope taking us further to our doom--perhaps. . . . The overall tone is introspective, hauntingly quiet with elements of horror-fantasy that are as provocative as the works of Tanith Lee and Storm Constantine."
--Patrice, Romantic Historical Reviews, a 5-Star Top Pick


Product Details

  • File Size: 1569 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Leda (Imprint of Norilana Books) (June 22, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DK02MHG
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unlikely Quest June 24, 2013
By Mallory
Format:Kindle Edition
I like to read novels that start hard and fast so I struggled in the first chapter to stick with it. I experienced a sort of hesitation in that chapter, almost like a mechanism struggling to come to life after sitting for untold years motionless and waiting. I persisted. See, I knew this author was good -- just rusty from a few too many years away from her keyboard. I persisted. Rightfully so.

Once underway the story gained the momentum of stories that are fun to read, wit sliding neatly beneath the illusion of formula, deftly trimming off the fat to reveal a thoroughly enjoyable read. I had to keep myself from sneaking off to the back of the book to see which of the assorted young women might be the Cobweb Bride. I resisted but struggled not to speed read, caught between the desire to know and the desire not to miss anything. Pesky writer.

I refuse to give you plot spoilers, unlike the other reviewer.

What I will tell you is this -- the entire book is filled with a motley group of terribly flawed characters who are uncertain of themselves but willing to keep on struggling forward in spite of the problems hounding them. The worse thing about this book is that it's a trilogy and the damn writer has not even written the other two books yet. I'm being forced to wait -- again, for probably months.

The cover isn't my favorite, I really wanted to see that damn cart and the frying pan.

If you haven't ordered the book yet - ORDER IT! You really need to meet Percy and her peculiar sense of humor. You need to see how she collects people. And, after you order and consume the book whole, be sure to race over to Facebook and type in Vera's name, and then BUG HER for the other books. I mean it - REALLY bug her. I'm going to. How could she do this? How could she leave me hanging for who knows HOW LONG? (Yes, I'm posting this review on the other version too.)
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A slow-starter, but give it a chance. August 1, 2013
By Berls
Format:Paperback
I received this book for free from Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Initial Reaction...

For me this book has two parts: the first half, which is very slow moving, overly descriptive, and yet so promising; and the second half, which is page-turning, perfectly paced, and exciting. This is a book you have to stick with to get to the good parts, but if you do, you will be rewarded.

The Characters...

Amongst the many characters in Cobweb Bride, for me, two women carried the story: Persephone (Percy) Ayren, and the Infanta Claere Liguon.

Percy is the star of this story and I absolutely fell in love with her. As the less-attractive and unwanted middle child, Percy has gotten used to being ignored and unappreciated by all in the family, except sometimes her father. But when she sets out for death's keep in the north, to possibly become his Cobweb Bride, she grows into a strong, confidant young woman and it is beautiful to watch. Percy stops hiding in the shadows and starts being an assertive leader, even as she struggles to understand herself and her place in this mess.

The Infanta is a fascinating character. We meet her on her birthday, a sickly heir to the throne, barely able to handle being in public for a few hours. That all changes with her death; because she cannot move on, death for Claere is a release from a life of pain and weakness. Suddenly she finds her purpose - to be the Cobweb Bride - and she is resolved to make it to Death's keep, dead or not. In fact, one of the things I enjoyed most about this book was the way dead characters grew and changed in response to their death.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellently written, thought provoking tale June 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received a free review copy of The Cobweb Bride via Netgalley.

The Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian is a fantasy novel which tells the story of Death's demand for his Cobweb Bride. The premise of the book is that Death has refused to take any more dying people or animals until his Cobweb Bride presents herself to him at his hidden fortress. It follows the journeys of several potential Cobweb Brides as well as those interested in aiding as well as thwarting them.

What I liked

I DEVOURED this book. The premise was excellent and well written, and I especially enjoyed the impact that the livestocks' not dying had on the food supply. This added an extra layer of tension to the novel.

In general, the characters were well written and engaging. It was fun to speculate about which character might be the Cobweb Bride. I especially enjoyed the character development of Percy. The author was skilled at providing each character with a very personal and believable reason for their involvement in the quest for Death's Cobweb Bride, which adds to the reader's engagement in the characters and therefore the story.

There were some interesting distinctions drawn between those characters still alive and those whom Death had refused to claim. It was interesting that the dead characters continued to develop emotionally, most notably Claere Liguon, even though physically they had been essentially frozen at the point of death.

The pacing of the novel was slow but steady, which gave plenty of time to be invested in the characters. Some people may feel it was a little too slow for their liking.

Magic in the novel is what Brandon Sanderson would describe as a "soft" magic system.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I have read in a long time
One of the best books I have read in a long time, lyrical, beautiful, interesting. Read it and hated to put it down. That doesn't happen very often. Loved it!
Published 4 hours ago by Cynthia L.
4.0 out of 5 stars great
Very interesting story, great description but wish it was not a trilogy.
Published 2 days ago by Sarah E. Hoover
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
At first I didn't like all the points of view but I kept reading and ended loving the stories and the beautiful way it was told.
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fabulous, fresh, unique!
Published 3 days ago by Meikie
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit difficult to get into...but worth it.
This was a good, solid read. However, it is not an easy book to pick up and get into - I really had to devote time where I wasn't going to be disturbed in order to read this... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Kara K. Prem
5.0 out of 5 stars A book with style!
I picked up this book on a free promotion day and wound up buying the others in the series. The Cobweb Bride starts off feeling like a classic fairy tale but deepens quickly into... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Daphne A. Ignatius
4.0 out of 5 stars Aa beautifully written tale
I've bought the rest of the trilogy, something I rarely do. I can't wait to see where this story goes! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Susan Froebel
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual Dark Tale
A unique tale about how Death comes to a halt, the result is = that no one can die. The story starts off slow as a group of girls leave their homes and families in search of... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jan
4.0 out of 5 stars Was better as it went along
Rather slow start. Was better as it went along. Now I need to read the rest.
Published 9 days ago by Out in the Boondocks
5.0 out of 5 stars I really loved this story
I really loved this story! It was a unique and sad spin on the story of Persephone. Very captivating.
Published 10 days ago by Tanja Tryon
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More About the Author

VERA NAZARIAN is a two-time Nebula Award Nominee, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer and reader with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She is the author of critically acclaimed novels DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE and LORDS OF RAINBOW, the outrageous parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES and NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS, and most recently, PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: MR. DARCY'S DREADFUL SECRET in her humorous and surprisingly romantic Supernatural Jane Austen Series, as well as the Renaissance epic fantasy COBWEB BRIDE Trilogy, and the high-octane adventure YA / teen dystopian apocalyptic science fiction Series THE ATLANTIS GRAIL.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

Her official author website is www.veranazarian.com

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