The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain Series #1) [NOOK Book]

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Sara Douglass has won legions of fans around the world for her epic tales of sorcery, forbidden love, and heart-pounding action. Now, with the DarkGlass Mountain saga, she reveals her biggest adventure yet.

Rescued from unspeakable horror, Ishbel Brunelle has devoted her life to a Serpent cult that reads the future in the entrails of its human sacrifices. But the Serpent has larger plans for Ishbel than merely being archpriestess, plans that call for a dangerous royal marriage ...

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The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain Series #1)

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Overview

Sara Douglass has won legions of fans around the world for her epic tales of sorcery, forbidden love, and heart-pounding action. Now, with the DarkGlass Mountain saga, she reveals her biggest adventure yet.

Rescued from unspeakable horror, Ishbel Brunelle has devoted her life to a Serpent cult that reads the future in the entrails of its human sacrifices. But the Serpent has larger plans for Ishbel than merely being archpriestess, plans that call for a dangerous royal marriage balancing on the edge between treachery and devotion, and an eerie, eldritch warning: Prepare for the Lord of Elcho Falling . . .

And there are other dangers. For while Tencendor is gone, even its fall cannot destroy the Icarii. As the Tyrant of Isembaard reaches for glory, both StarDrifter SunSoar and his son, Axis, are pulled into the deadly dance of intrigue and sorcery. The DarkGlass Mountain—once known as the Threshold—is waiting, and as the Dark God Kanubai rises from his prison in exile, no one will escape unscathed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061796876
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/13/2009
  • Series: Darkglass Mountain Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 122,115
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Sara Douglass was born in Adelaide but moved to Hobart in later life to write full-time. Three of her books won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy and many were shortlisted. She published nineteen books of epic and historical fantasy before her death in 2011.

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  • Posted January 27, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    Read the other series first.

    This book is first in a new series, but it's actually the start of a sequel trilogy to one of Douglass's other series. In order to fully understand at least half of what happens here, you'll need to read that series first. It's the "Wayfarer Redemption" series, also called "Axis Trilogy" and I've put the books in it in the "personal favorites/recommend" part of this review.

    There are some other supplemental reading material, too, (Beyond the Hanging Wall, Threshold) but they're her older works that are sadly out of print and I couldn't find them on B&N.

    Plot summary:
    The series starts off with Ishbel, who is similar in many ways to Faraday from the Wayfarer Redemption series. She is being forced to marry a man against her will because her god, the Great Serpent, demands it.

    Pan to her potential husband, king Maximilian (from Beyond the Hanging Wall). He's conveniently had no luck finding a bride until he gets this offer from Ishbel's people. It intrigues him... and scares him, since the mountain that she comes from has a deeper meaning known only to him. Is it coincidence, or something more sinister?

    Switch to Isaiah, tyrant-king of the lands to the south. He recruits Axis (from the Wayfarer Redemption) to be his friend and ally in war. See, Isaiah wants to conquer the lands in the north, where Ishbel and Maximilian are.

    Not far from Isaiah's capital city is an Egyptian-style pyramid: the DarkGlass Mountain. It's an evil structure that was once called Threshold (from Threshold) and it's harboring a great evil that is trying to break free.

    Cut to Lister in the frozen wastes of the very far north, leading a horde of Skraeling wraiths (from the Wayfarer Redemption). He is allying with Isaiah to coordinate the conquest of the central kingdoms.

    Return to Ishbel and Maximilian who can't decide if they love and trust each other or not. See, Ishbel often has dreams of a man who will encompass her world in despair. And Maximilian has his own problems, worried about mysterious and weighty responsibilities that hang about his shoulders.

    Oh, and don't forget these lands to the west. StarDrifter (from the Wayfarer Redemption) is wasting his life away there until the plot calls for him, too, to join the fray.

    Are you still with me? It's a lot of politicking at first until everyone finally realizes they need to band together to face the threat of the evil from the pyramid. Except some decide to ally themselves with the evil or focus on their own interests instead.

    As I think about it, I really don't know why I love this series so much. I think it's because the author has a way of intertwining all these separate stories into a cohesive whole, and you don't know what will happen next. It's an art that I envy.

    If you like the Wayfarer Redemption, then you should like this.

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  • Posted August 23, 2009

    This was my first time in sci-fi.....outside of War of the Worlds, Time Machine

    I bought this for a long plane flight. I loved it. I wish the third in the series was already written. In fact, I went and bought another series by the same author.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    high epic fantasy continues

    The land is being torn apart by men and their penchant for war that need is further fostered by evil Kanubai or Chaos as he was called in an earlier epoch. Imprisoned deep within the earth, Kanubai begins his way to the surface abetted by the Dark Glass Mountain, who may be more malevolent than Chaos ever was. His enemies, Light and Waterr have taken the form of mortal men Light of Lister sometimes appears as a frog while Water prefers the mortal form of Isaiah, but also appears as as a serpent to his followers. In their way, they prepare for the upcoming war. ---- Lady Ishbel Brunelle the archpriestess of the Coil is visited by the Serpent God and told she must marry King Maximilian Persimius of Escator. Although she detests the order, she acquiesces to his decree unlike Maximillan, who is euphoric that Ishbel is his bride. However, someone influenced by Kanubai¿s thoughts kidnaps Ishbel because Chaos needs her and her unborn child to return to earth. Maximillan vows to find her, but begins to understand that though he is a monarch and she a high priestess, they are pawns in the upcoming war of the gods. ---- This is book one of the Darkglass Mountain saga, but takes place five years after the sinking of the Tencender and the near extinction of the Icaii race. The SunSoar, Axis and his father StarDrifter, are alive and destined to play major roles in world events. As always in a Sara Douglass fantasy, there is a cast of hundreds with multiple simultaneous plot lines that interweave however, the star though she is the courageous victim Ishbel, plaything of the gods. THE SERPENT BRIDE is high epic fantasy that will fascinate fans of Ms. Douglass¿ Wayfarer Redemption Tales as new escapades have begun. ---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted January 18, 2013

    Really good

    Enjoyed this book and the very human characters.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Fantastic

    Couldnt put it down...definitely sucks you in and keeps you there...on par with terry goodkind and jrr tolkien!

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    Simply amazing

    I love this zuthors tech..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Favorite Author

    I really enjoy reading Sara Douglass books. She has a way of encompassing a whole world into her stories. Ishbel is always evolving and becomes stronger with every turn. I love that Axis is back. I missed him. He is a flawed hero. I can't wait to see who else might turn up.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    Douglass does it again with another superb epic adventure. She ties all her loose adventures together with threads from seperate characters.

    The use of magic and suspense go hand in hand with these complex, suspenseful stories. The characters are very well developed. The plots weave in and out of current time lines.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Excellent!!

    This book for me was a real page turner. The story was well written and the characters intriguing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    Thank you Ms. Douglass for another Great Book, for bringing AXIS back to Life, only if by the Grace of the Gods, Tencedor could be brought back to life as well, re-uniting the Icarii race..that will be WONDERFUL.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2007

    Cannot Get Enough

    Thank-you Ms. Douglass for bringing us back to the adventures of Axis and his father StarDrifter, as well as introducing us to wonderful new indebt characters. I also loved how you tied THRESHOLD into this story. My only regret is that you did not write this story years ago as you did CRUSADER so I can get the next part of DarkGlass Mountain by ordering it online from Australia. Cannot wait to see what happens next. Please hurry.

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