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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

"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


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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,731 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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52 of 55 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 Spend the money on the trilogy set.
This is a fantastic read. Only, get the trilogy. (Or get it from your library!) This ends on a cliffhanger.
Published 2 days ago by R. Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars superb fairy tale
This was exceptionally good. Excellent characters, ideology, and very fascinating storyline. It draw you in and really makes you want to know what happens next. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Heavenly K. Tamasaka
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking forward to number two.
Good story, looking forward to the rest of the series. Starts out a little slow, but well worth finishing.
Published 6 days ago by Danita
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
There is no protagonist to root for. It is a nice idea, but comes off as pompous and really boring. I'd rather use it as a door stop than read it.
Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this book
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
Reads well, like an old-fashioned fairy tale. The only problem was the sudden ending leading into the next book.
Published 9 days ago by Mara Polk
2.0 out of 5 stars Nope
This story was ok. There was nothing that really grabbed me and pulled me in. I kept reading one more chapter, one more chapter hoping that it would eventually pull me in. Read more
Published 13 days ago by M5eickhoff
4.0 out of 5 stars the book was good. It had delightfully unexpected twists
I fully admit that I got this one as a freebie, and I don't expect very much out of free novels, especially those in a series.

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Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Cobweb Bride reads like a modern myth
Cobweb Bride reads like a modern myth. The language is rich and descriptive and the characters are compelling. The story encompasses an epic journey to Death's very door. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Marylee Houston
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow start that eventually picked up.
The slow start was confused by the rapidly changing perspectives. A little too much build up and wondering how everyone for in for my taste, but once the main characters all came... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Tristan Clevenger
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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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