Book Review: Cobweb Bride

Cobweb Bride CoverBook: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

Cobweb Bride was published July 15, 2013 by Norilana Books|Number Of Pages: 293

Series: Cobweb Bride #1

Genre: Adult Fantasy/Paranormal

Goodreads|Vera Nazarian’s Website

Goodreads Summary: Many are called…

She alone can save the world and become Death’s bride.

Cobweb Bride 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.

Cobweb Bride is definitely another book that is one of the more interesting ones I’ve read this year.  Cobweb Bride has such a detailed world, and there so many different but also very interesting stories.

I was sort of reminded of the Persephone story, especially as there’s Percy (or Persephone, as some call her) and she’s Death’s champion.  Death stopping…death…until he finds his Cobweb Bride is definitely different, and in a good way!  Everything is very vivid, and there’s this really cool renaissance vibe to it.  Much more than what you’d normally see with fantasy.  And there’s also this very interesting alternate history sort of feel to it too.

It did take a while for me to get into Cobweb Bride, because there are quite a few stories to keep track of, and it did start off pretty slow.  I think it’s because you’re getting introduced to all of these different characters and ideas, and it takes some time for everything to come together.  But I actually didn’t mind, because there is a level of detail that makes it really easy to get interested in!

One interesting thing: how the suspended deaths of livestock will affect the food supply.  I’m curious to see how this plays out, because it is sort of interesting.

And: the connection between Percy and Death.  It’s hinted at, and not fully explored, but it’s possible we’ll see more of it throughout the series.  I just think it’s interesting that there is a strong connection between them.  I am curious as to what Percy being Death’s Champion means and how it all plays out.

Final Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Cobweb’s Bride, and I can’t wait to read the next book!  It’s definitely unique, and there’s so much there that I think it’ll take at least one or two more reads to catch everything!  There are several stories that took a while to come together, but they came together in a really interesting way.  Cobweb Bride gets 4 stars.

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