Published by Norilana Books on July 15th 2013
Genres: Death & Dying, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult Fiction
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.
Death wants his cobweb bride. Until he claims her, there will be no more dying—not for old world-weary grandmothers, soldiers torn apart by war, or for murdered victims. To regain natural order, Persephone along with her newfound friends must seek out the mysterious specter called Death while avoiding dangerous foes on their journey.
I really liked this book. It was deliciously dark and detailed, even to the point of being horrific. The writing was so poetic. That being said, this book won’t be for everything. If you don’t like heavy descriptions and poetic writing, you might get bored really quickly. The first half of the story is slow in its buildup, but I think it was worth it.
The characters were interesting. I liked Persephone the best, but also enjoyed Vlau and Claere (I don’t necessarily see these two as being in love, but rather more so coming to an understanding or sharing a connection as in seeing their predicament to its end). Vlau and Claere have some serious Shakespearean irony going for them.
I’m curious how this series will ultimately end.