Monday, July 15, 2013

Review: Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

This is book one in a planned trilogy. In the Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian published by Norilana Books, Death takes a holiday. Death announces he will take no more living things until he has his Cobweb Bride and asks the kingdom to send their young women to him in an effort to find her. Basically, he says he will know her when he sees her.

Families select girls to go on this perilous journey. Persephone, known as Percy, volunteers to go from her family after her grandmother is stuck at the moment of death. Percy can see her grandmother's death shadow lurking nearby, but can do nothing about it. Percy joins up with other girls on the road for safety in numbers and maybe finds a little magic.

Not everyone wants the girls to succeed on their quest. And not everyone on the quest is still alive.

The prose is beautiful. The book is slow in the beginning, but picks up. The characters are flawed and interesting. I particularly enjoyed watching Percy change and grow on the journey. The setting is an imaginary pocket of Europe in a medieval time period. I think the book would appeal to people who enjoy fantasy set in the medieval time period with a strong female protagonist.

I give this book 4 stars out of 5.

I received this book in exchange for my unbiased opinion.