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3.0 su 5 stelle Cobweb Bride (Cobweb Bride Trilogy #1) by Vera Nazarian 27 dicembre 2013
Di ?wazithinkin - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
"Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world. 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."

This book and I got off on a rocky start. The premise sounded intriguing to me so I picked it up. The problem I had with it was the over description of every tiny detail. I got lost in all the words, they were good words, well written poetic words. There was just too much time spent on every detail and my head was swimming with unnecessary words that didn't move the story forward. Three different kingdoms in the Imperial Realm are examined in minute detail.

In Lethe, the old Queen lies on her deathbed unable to die. Death appears and states his plea for his Cobweb Bride to the Prince. The Prince sends out a decree in search of the Cobweb Bride, all families must send a daughter of marriageable age to Death's Keep that stands in the Northern Forest.

On the frozen lake of Merlait to the north there is a battle raging between the forces of Duke Ian Chidair, known as Hoarfrost, and the armies of his neighbor, the Duke Vitalio Goraque. From a single moment on all the causalities become the walking dead, including both Dukes. Hoarfrost is unwilling to give up his status because he is undead and begins a campaign to capture the jail the girls who have been ordered to seek Death's Keep in an attempt to prevent Death from finding his Cobweb bride as a way to keep his dead self undead.

Death's third stop was a poor dwelling in the Dukedom of Goraque where a peasant woman lay dying. Percy's grandmother, whose whole history is given. Persephone is described as a somewhat dull-witted, slow, sickly anemic, plain, unbecoming, and willful. She becomes our heroine as she leads a band of girls to Death's Keep. This small band of girls is where the story finally gets interesting as we follow them on their trek to Death's Keep. They are joined by her Imperial Highness, the Infanta Claere Liguon, the princess and Heir to the Realm, who has been murdered by Marquis Vlau Fiomarre. The Marquis, in a twisted sense of duty, also accompanies Claere in order to protect her. I found this Stockholm type syndrome to be quite disturbing as they are becoming quite fond of each other.

Here is an example of one sentence that shows the author's writing style and the relationship developing between the living Vlau and the dead Claere.

"And now, here he was, and here she was, and it seemed at rather odd moments that the carriage was closing in on him, on her, and they were sharply aware of one another again, relieving that moment of greatest closeness and intensity, the stroke of death, the drawing of life that bound them together."

Hmmm, I seem to have captured a typo here also. I do believe the word "relieving" is meant to be "reliving". There are a small number of proofing errors that didn't detract from the story overall. What was aggravating was the loose story ends that were not addressed. I can only suppose that they will be picked up and explained later in the trilogy, but with as much jumping around as there is in this book why even bring them up at this point at all?

My assessment is that as the author became more comfortable with her story the writing improved. I think much of the set-up could have been handled in flashbacks and improved the flow of the story. Ms. Nazarian also took an interesting aspect of death to the extreme by including crops and livestock in her no-death scheme. As the stores of past harvests were depleted the newest grains became tasteless and the meat from the livestock never died or cooked properly. It was all rather chilling to read.

What will be interesting now is to see how our heroine Percy, who develops a strange connection with Death himself after reaching the Keep goes about finding the true Cobweb Bride. It seems that Death can't see her because she contains a piece of him, however, Percy will be able to. Out of her small group she is the only one who could actually see Death and communicate with him. She is not the incompetent that her family saw her as. She has caught the eye of Beltain, the son of the Duke known as Hoarfrost. The quest for the Cobweb Bride is now on with Percy leading the way and Beltain at her side.

**Originally written for "Awesome Trilogies and Series" book blog. May have received a free review copy.** 12/09/2013
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4.0 su 5 stelle *Review from The Illustrated Page* 27 marzo 2017
Di Waites Family - Pubblicato su
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The premise of Cobweb Bride is simple: one day Death announces that until his cobweb bride is delivered to him, all death will cease. And cease it does – people continue to die in that their hearts will stop beating and their limbs will stiffen, but their souls and consciousnesses will not move on. They are trapped without relief in their dead bodies. Neither the ill nor the mortally wounded are able to pass on, but must remain trapped until death begins again.

Cobweb Bride is epic in scope, with a wide number of characters with differing positions in life and responses to the crisis. However, the clear protagonist is Percy (short for Persephone), an unwanted village girl who sets out along with a multitude of other girls to find Death and present herself as a possible cobweb bride.

I’ll admit, I was hesitant going in. I worried that it would be too much of a romance, but as I read, my fears faded away. Cobweb Bride is clearly an epic or historical fantasy and a good one at that. The writing was simply gorgeous. Nazarian’s lyrical words carried me away to a land of bitter cold, dark forests, and opulent palaces.

All of the characters connected with me. Percy was determined and perspicacious, able to see things that none of the other characters could. Throughout the book, she was brave and generous. In short, she was a genuinely likable protagonist.

However, Percy’s story is just one of many. There’s the three spoiled court nobles who make their way North to Death’s domain, the king-in-waiting whose mother is stuck on the very edge of death, two battling armies who discover that they are unable to die, a son still devotedly serving his undead father, and Claere, heir to the empire who’s assassinated at her birthday party. Claere was favorite character. Before her death, she was sickly and weak, but afterwards she realized that she had nothing to fear. I will note that some people may find her romance plot troubling, but I didn’t have a problem with it.

I found this an excellent book and am planning on reading the next in the trilogy. I’d recommend this book to anyone looking for good female characters, beautiful writing or just an enjoyable read.
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4.0 su 5 stelle * Review from Bookluvrs Haven * 26 aprile 2017
Di Lily @ Bookluvrs Haven - Pubblicato su
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This story was AWESOME in soooo many ways.

But the weird part is, as much as I wanted to read this initially, it took me FOREVER to finally start reading it. As in... months. Why did it take me so damn long to pick this up??

In what feels like ages ago, I read the description for this novel. Not even sure how I came across it, to be honest with you. I was certainly very intrigued. Death wants a wife, and until he gets one, nothing can die (regardless of their current physical state – ya… think about it… highly disturbing possibilities here!). Anyway… what’s not to like?? So when I got the opportunity to get this through Netgalley, I was so very much excited! I promptly downloaded the novel onto my tablet… where it remained for months….. And why do you ask?

The cover.

I know… I know… How very shallow of me.

I knew I wanted to read it, but the cover didn’t call to me. As the months passed I forgot about the book description (one unfortunate aspect of an e-reader is you can’t flip the book for the description and be reminded of why you wanted to read it so much in the first place), and when I came across the cover in my ever growing list, I would say… “Oh yeah! I want to read this one… looks too ‘renaissancy’… not in the mood for that genre right now…”

Finally, one day I thought… I’ve had this for a while, let me start it to see how it is… and I.could.not.put.this.down.

Excellent story.

Fantastic plot flow and character development. A few storylines going on parallel to each other, before our main characters come together at last to continue the story/quest, but it flows so well, it's seamless, and not at all confusing.

Love the characters because they are so fleshy and alive in my mind. Percy is undeniably my favorite, being so clearly the underdog character in this story – mistreated by her own mother, feels plain (maybe even ugly) and made to feel worthless… yet she develops into such a warrior in this story. Love that! She alone is fantastic, but there are so many great characters that just add so much to this story, but I was also kept very riveted by the storyline itself. Especially once Death stopped its work, and people - or animals, or any living thing really - could no longer die regardless of their state…

Think about it. You are off in a war and get pelted with arrows, or sword through the belly… Can’t die! Butchered pig, chicken or turkey… Can’t die!

Gross and disturbing I tell ya!

The imagery was absolutely awful… and you can’t help but hope that Death finds/chooses his bride, so that everything can be put right again, for the sake of all living things in limbo.

If this novel doesn’t give you nightmares, it sure will keep your interest and on the edge of your seat. This was EXCELLENT storytelling and I am really looking forward to continuing the story into the next book. I certainly will not be waiting very long before opening that one up though. THAT is a promise!!
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2.0 su 5 stelle Too full of cobwebs 15 aprile 2016
Di Christine S. - Pubblicato su
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I wanted to like it, however it plodded along so slowly, and with unpredictable, unimaginable characters. All on a mission to a fabled place for a fate no one desires, these young girls are not what one would expect. The story suddenly turns upon itself, changing its tone and character point of view, and when one would expect a final reward, there is an upset and not of the good kind. There is little to like about this tale, sorry, it is dark, and because it is a fantasy, not much to want to recall. The author would do well to pick up the pace a bit, and offer an alternate ending. I figured something might happen in its sequel, but, it ended not as a cliff-hanger but fallen over into a dark abyss and unrequited.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Worldbuilding - More layers than an onion from the starting point of "Death stops collecting" 27 aprile 2016
Di Erin Penn - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
An exceptionally good read presenting a new mythos for Death. Initially thought it was a typical YA with the Cobweb Bride being obvious - it wasn't - not typical, YA or obvious - not ever. The deeper I went into the story, the better it got ... it was pretty darn good right from the beginning. A rich world covering soldiers to servants; farmers to emperors; every character seems to start as a one dimensional, just meeting and filling in the typical fantasy slot - but no one stays there.

On the technical writing side - the descriptions were beautiful or intense (fighting scenes and the murder are far from beautiful). A good balance between dialogue and information narrative. The characters are multidimensional. Loved the fact the dead also had personalities and went in different directions. The group of Cobweb Brides were both a group of women travelers and individuals each shining with their own personalities.

Best of all, the understated worldbuilding. Ms. Nazarian took the obvious "Death stops collecting" and added a layer when it happens in the middle of a battle (witchcraft! rises the cry when the dismembered keep fighting) ... and then added the layer of when you can't slaughter animals ... and then another layer to the food, and illnesses, and peoples reactions to death not being a consequence of risky action, and ... and... Every time I think the final layer is revealed, Ms. Nazarian peals off the next. That is what worldbuilding is about.

I simply must find more of her books!