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Cobweb Bride

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I loved the idea of this story.  And I can honestly say, the way

I loved the idea of this story.  And I can honestly say, the way the author implemented the concept was absolutely brilliant.  I mean, the initial scenes, when Death has chosen not to take the dying, brilliant.  Clear, vivid, haunting, and borderline traumatic.  I spent...
I loved the idea of this story.  And I can honestly say, the way the author implemented the concept was absolutely brilliant.  I mean, the initial scenes, when Death has chosen not to take the dying, brilliant.  Clear, vivid, haunting, and borderline traumatic.  I spent the time when I was reading it with my jaw dropped, devastated by what those people would end up going through before their times finally came.  Imagine, people in unbearable pain, but unable to get the release they so needed.




And there was one part I didn't see at all.  I don't want to say what it is because I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it threw the entire situation into an entirely new dimension.  It was a part of Death doing his job I would have never foreseen, and it was brilliant.




There were, as with most books, parts I didn't like.  For one, it takes hours for Rigor Mortis to set in, not minutes.  Also, the author makes comments about people starting to stink, when I'm not sure they should have yet.  Bodies can take several days to stink even in warm weather.  It's ice cold.  A body wouldn't even start to decay and stink until the weather warmed up again.  Also, there was an element involving food I found confusing.  They were concerned about food running out, but in those times, they would rely on the previous harvest all through the winter.  Why would there be a food shortage? 




I liked all the twists in the book.  There were quite a few times when I thought I knew how things were going to go, and was pleasantly surprised.




My main problem with the story, however, was with the ending.  The author keeps the momentum going straight up to the very end.  Which I kind of liked, up until the moment when the book just suddenly stopped.  I hadn't been paying attention to how far in I was, and felt jipped when it just ended like that.  I felt like I was only halfway through.




When I thought about it, the book really did have an ending, which is why I say it was likely the momentum which was the problem.  It didn't feel like it was ending any time soon, but it did.  There was a conclusion, and it did complete a story arc.  I will give her that.  I've read quite a few novels and novellas where I felt like the author just left me hanging.  This one was a cliffhanger, and clearly part of a series, but it had an ending.




Overall, I enjoyed the book.  There were some spots that nagged at me on the details of death, but I enjoyed it, and the pace kept me reading along at an alarming rate.  Definitely worth a read.

posted by theeternalscribe on August 8, 2013

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

I thought the premise of this story was really interesting. I lo

I thought the premise of this story was really interesting. I loved the play off of the Greek myth of Hades (Death) and Persephone (Percy). I also thought the concept of death being frozen quite intriguing. I've never really thought of the ramifications that would stem ...
I thought the premise of this story was really interesting. I loved the play off of the Greek myth of Hades (Death) and Persephone (Percy). I also thought the concept of death being frozen quite intriguing. I've never really thought of the ramifications that would stem from that. You see, Death wants his bride, whom he cannot find, so he doesn't take anyone in death even if they physically are dead. This means that their spirits or living essence remains in their defeated bodies. This will not change until his bride comes to him. The story tells of him visiting the land and proclaiming his decision and search, the effects this has, and the characters responses. We get a wide view, but then also follow a few groups of individuals on their separate journeys and also as they meet up with each other at one point or another.

So now that you understand the general gist of the story, I have to say that it is a rather macabre and gruesome one, especially the first third or more through. It was so outrageous and gory that after I had read about soldiers that should be dead with missing limbs and whatnot, but were still living and fighting, I just couldn't take it when I read about a farmer whose pig wouldn't die as he was slaughtering him and the pig kept squealing and his daughter ran from the house screaming. I actually started laughing. Weird response, I know. But the story was so crazy! If I would change one thing, I would have appreciated a condensed version of these types of events in the book. I think after getting the gist, I could pass on any further descriptive gory details. Now for someone who enjoys this type of thing or who is really into zombies, this might be great reading. Not so much for me. There were also some crass comments as well about the situation and about girls' bodies that were too much for me.

Here is one example of the situation in the book and how one character felt about it:

"No," the Infanta repeated. "It is a portion of my final will that this man first come and speak with me, so that I can understand why he did this deed. Besides, you know he literally cannot die now. You can only ruin his body, with him still inhabiting it, a macabre horror that I beg you not to enact. Thus, instead, I must take the chance to understand him."
This almost immediately connected me to the Infanta. I really liked her thoughts and her decisions after what happened to her. This was in great contrast to another character whose body was dead, but who decided to fight Death's search so that he could live forever, and if he had to kill others so that they would be in the same state as him, so be it. That is just so wrong to me. I had debated stopping at a point just before this, but I did want to know what happened and if Percy was Death's Cobweb Bride. I struggled on and then after about half-way through the book the story didn't contain as much of the macabre situations or descriptions as in the first part. The characters and their journeys also come to the forefront of the story. This part of the book I actually really enjoyed. I really liked Percy, the Black Knight, the Infanta and her companion, and Death himself. I liked their actions and the small moments of thoughts, meaningful looks, and conversations.

Here is a quote I really liked from Death:

"Since the dawn of existence, you mortals have feared dying, feared the unknown and the pain of it, and yet, pain is a part of life, not death. And I–I am the first moment after pain ceases," he pronounced. "It is life that fights and struggles and rages; life, that tears at you in its last agonizing throes to hold on, even if but for one futile instant longer. . . . Whereas I, I come softly when it is all done."

This was like a nugget of wisdom among a crazy situation. The ending about killed me because, of course, this isn't a stand-alone, so there will be two more books to finish the story. There were the beginnings of a couple of love stories, but I don't know how they will turn out and who Death's bride is. I thought I knew, but I was wrong (unless there is a serious twist later).

If you don't mind the macabre content and you would like to read a very unique Gothic tale, then I would recommend picking this up.



Content: Quite a bit of violence, some crass comments/descriptions, and some innuendo.


Source: I received a copy from the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

posted by WishEnd on August 13, 2013

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  • Posted August 8, 2013

    I loved the idea of this story.  And I can honestly say, the way

    I loved the idea of this story.  And I can honestly say, the way the author implemented the concept was absolutely brilliant.  I mean, the initial scenes, when Death has chosen not to take the dying, brilliant.  Clear, vivid, haunting, and borderline traumatic.  I spent the time when I was reading it with my jaw dropped, devastated by what those people would end up going through before their times finally came.  Imagine, people in unbearable pain, but unable to get the release they so needed.




    And there was one part I didn't see at all.  I don't want to say what it is because I don't want to ruin the surprise, but it threw the entire situation into an entirely new dimension.  It was a part of Death doing his job I would have never foreseen, and it was brilliant.




    There were, as with most books, parts I didn't like.  For one, it takes hours for Rigor Mortis to set in, not minutes.  Also, the author makes comments about people starting to stink, when I'm not sure they should have yet.  Bodies can take several days to stink even in warm weather.  It's ice cold.  A body wouldn't even start to decay and stink until the weather warmed up again.  Also, there was an element involving food I found confusing.  They were concerned about food running out, but in those times, they would rely on the previous harvest all through the winter.  Why would there be a food shortage? 




    I liked all the twists in the book.  There were quite a few times when I thought I knew how things were going to go, and was pleasantly surprised.




    My main problem with the story, however, was with the ending.  The author keeps the momentum going straight up to the very end.  Which I kind of liked, up until the moment when the book just suddenly stopped.  I hadn't been paying attention to how far in I was, and felt jipped when it just ended like that.  I felt like I was only halfway through.




    When I thought about it, the book really did have an ending, which is why I say it was likely the momentum which was the problem.  It didn't feel like it was ending any time soon, but it did.  There was a conclusion, and it did complete a story arc.  I will give her that.  I've read quite a few novels and novellas where I felt like the author just left me hanging.  This one was a cliffhanger, and clearly part of a series, but it had an ending.




    Overall, I enjoyed the book.  There were some spots that nagged at me on the details of death, but I enjoyed it, and the pace kept me reading along at an alarming rate.  Definitely worth a read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Wonderful read!

    I was not familiar with the author, Vera Nazarian, before reading "Cobweb Bride" and now can't wait to start another of her novels. Stunning imagination and detail.

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  • Posted September 21, 2013

    Death has stopped visiting those whose time is up. No one and n

    Death has stopped visiting those whose time is up. No one and nothing will die until Death finds his Cobweb Bride. But who or what is a Cobweb Bride?

    There are multiple points of view in the story, however, the narrative comes back to Persephone, nickname Percy.

    The characters are all authentic with realistic goals for their situations.

    Dialogue helps to define characters and their development.

    A detailed, vivid narrative helps drive the story and place the action.

    Reality and unreality blend together throughout various settings, characters, and occurrences with a natural rhythm.

    Overall, a fun read!

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