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In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #3)

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  • Posted December 16, 2008

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    Angieville: IN THE COILS OF THE SNAKE

    I do like these covers. The rich, sometimes earthy tones aptly reflect the individual themes of the books, in my opinion. Plus the style of artwork keeps the characters sort of dreamy and vague and I am therefore free to go on picturing them however I please and that is always a good thing. IN THE COILS OF THE SNAKE continues the story of the goblin court and its longtime enemies the "we're one step ahead of extinction" elves. This third and final volume in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy takes place thirty years after CLOSE KIN and begins with the unthinkable. <BR/><BR/>Marak is dead. *sob*<BR/><BR/>And as if that isn't enough, we find out that all these years he has been secretly grooming a young human girl to be his son Catspaw's bride when he passes the crown to him. The girl, Miranda, is now living in the hollow hill with them and is utterly bereft now that her one friend (and father-figure) is gone and she is expected to take up the mantle of queen to a young and inexperienced king. Her fragmented life becomes further complicated when, on the eve of their wedding, Catspaw puts her aside in favor of a young elf of impeccable pedigree. The move is without malice, as Catspaw faces a stalemate with the elf lord Nir. Nir offers the young Arianna as part of a peace treaty between his people and the goblins. When Miranda finds out her entire purpose in life no longer exists, she refuses Catspaw's offer of sanctuary and runs away. Right into the clutches of the elf lord, who finds her a very useful sort of hostage indeed. <BR/><BR/>This book held everything I hoped for the conclusion of the trilogy. The story splits its time between Miranda and the elves and Catspaw's difficulties wrangling his elf bride and his attempts to subvert Nir's plans. I wasn't as attached to Catspaw as I was his father (Marak was The Top), so I was not as invested in his story. But Miranda was a lovely, sympathetic character and it was a pleasure to watch her find a place where she felt at home at last. I was also glad to finally find a truly noble elf in Nir, after the painfully vicious and unhappy band in CLOSE KIN. And I had to smile at how frivolous the goblins thought the elves and with what disgust and horror the elves, in turn, viewed the goblins. In the Coils of the Snake also, rather notably, has a proper ending, perfect for the book itself and for the trilogy as a whole.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Wonderful

    The whole series has the vibrant culture of the Goblins and Elves entwined through it, always struggling against one another, with the people as their looking glass.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2008

    superb!

    this is by far the best book of the series because it's really sweet how Miranda gets together with Nir and everything, and even though it's a pretty soft fantasy (and i'm more of a hardcore fantasy fan) it's cute and extremely well-written and i like to read it again and again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2007

    A Great Ending!

    Being the final book in a fantastic trilogy, a reader always prays the last books exceeds their hopes and goes above and beyond. Well, here ya go! A great ending to a great series. Has all the ingredients to a perfect story!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    An Amazing Read

    This book is an amazing book filled with plots, lies, trust, and truth. It is about a girl, Miranda, whose entire life had been dedicated to learning how to be a King's Wife. Her hand is promised to the Goblin King Makar Catspaw, but a once-thought to be dead clan of elves arrive, presenting an elf-bride whom the Catspaw must accept to help his people. Devestated, Miranda runs away and meets the mysterious elf-lord Nir who takes care of her. But Catspaw thinks that the elf-lord is out for revenge and launches an attack. Read this book to find out how it ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2006

    Wonderfully Satisfying

    I have waited many months in eager anticipation for the final installment of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. Dunkle delivers a great plot line that makes you want more and more. The book was a great page turner. The fact that each book deals with a different group of people or plot but yet blends and cooperates with each other book is a literary achievment the author should be proud of. My one regret about the series is that it ends with this novel, and yet the ending fits.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    One of the Best!

    While *The Hollow Kingdom* was a thrilling book in which Marak the Goblin King is a magical being who is hard to outwit by Kate,the poor human-elf cross. Clare Dunkle's *In the Coils of the Snake*, the third and last book in the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy,deals more with the sensitivity of the elves with Nir, and the wit of a human,Miranda, against the magical powers of the goblins. *Coils* is a very gripping story in which the culture shock upon entering another world is dealt with to a different degree than in *Hollow Kingdom*. It is a very well written book with very true feelings on the part of those who were misplaced from their culture. Anyone who knows what it is like to leave what you have always known and live in a world so entirely different from your own,language and all,will thoroughly enjoy this fantasy story which places real life situations and feelings in such a wonderful world. Truly it is a masterpeice to be proud of!

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