Today I’m delighted to be taking part in the blog tour for Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian. Thank you to Fiction Addiction Book Tours for sending me the eBook.
Release Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Norilana Books
$24.95 US / 20.00 UK
$14.95 US / 12.00 UK
“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.”
I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this intriguing book, I like to step out of my reading comfort zone now and again because I feel that it keeps me on my toes – this book certainly did just that!
Death was searching for his cobweb bride and refused to allow anyone to die until he had found her. This led to some fascinating and disturbing scenes which included a headless soldier who was still alive and wandering around the battlefield. The idea of not being able to die even after being fatally wounded was something that captivated me, I found it strangely easy to visualise and it had my imagination running wild!
Chaos followed Death’s revelation and I have to admit that I felt slightly overwhelmed by the amount of characters that were introduced at the beginning. However, I soon realised the purpose of all the characters when their lives began to entwine and that was when I really became hooked. Persephone (Percy) was my favourite character, her interesting abilities made her stand out from the crowd and I wanted to know more.
The journey of the cobweb brides was something that I enjoyed, I was keen to find out what awaited them at their destination and when they did get there the result was not what I had been expecting at all. Who was the cobweb bride? This question had me puzzled and every time I thought I had figured it out I was proved wrong! A touch of romance lightened the eerie atmosphere of the book and there was one blossoming romance that I found most surprising, it will be interesting to see where that particular connection leads.
This was a fascinating read that was well written and left lots of questions for the next book.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award® Finalist and a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at 17, and has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines, honorably mentioned in Year’s Best volumes, and translated into eight languages.
Vera made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed Dreams of the Compass Rose, followed by Lords of Rainbow. Her novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the 2005 Locus Recommended Reading List. Her debut collection Salt of the Airwith an introduction by Gene Wolfe contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated “The Story of Love.”
Other work includes the 2008 Nebula Finalist novella The Duke in His Castle, science fiction collection After the Sundial (2010), The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration (2010), and four Jane Austen parodies, Mansfield Park and Mummies (2009), Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons(2010), Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy’s Dreadful Secret (2012), andPagan Persuasion: All Olympus Descends on Regency (forthcoming), all part of her Supernatural Jane Austen Series.
After many years in Los Angeles, Vera now lives in a small town in Vermont. She uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art. In addition to being a writer, philosopher, and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.
To find out more:
Official website | Norilana Books | Cobweb Bride Mailing List | Twitter | Facebook (author page) | Facebook (personal) | Pinterest | Blogs: Inspired.Us, Urban Girl Takes Vermont, Norilana | Goodreads | LibraryThing | Shelfari | Red Room | SFF Net Newsgroup | Austen Authors | Vera Nazarian’s Amazon Author Central page | The Official Book Website | Kickstarter page
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