Cobweb Bride

Cobweb Bride

by Vera Nazarian
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Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian

Many are called...

She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.

COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) 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.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044600089
Publisher: Norilana Books
Publication date: 03/08/2013
Series: Cobweb Bride , #1
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 20,945
File size: 799 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

VERA NAZARIAN immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.

She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed arabesque "collage" novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE (2002), followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, LORDS OF RAINBOW (2003). Her novella THE CLOCK KING AND THE QUEEN OF THE HOURGLASS from PS Publishing with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2005. Her debut short fiction collection SALT OF THE AIR, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated "The Story of Love."

Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Award-nominated, self-illustrated baroque fantasy novella THE DUKE IN HIS CASTLE (2008), the hilarious and surprisingly romantic Jane Austen parodies MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES (2009), NORTHANGER ABBEY AND ANGELS AND DRAGONS (2010), PRIDE AND PLATYPUS: Mr Darcy's Dreadful Secret (2012), science fiction collection AFTER THE SUNDIAL (2010), inspirational daily reader THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION (2010), relationship and love advice parody VAMPIRES ARE FROM VENUS, WEREWOLVES ARE FROM MARS (2012), and the Renaissance epic fantasy COBWEB BRIDE Trilogy (2013).

She is working on a number of book-length projects including QUALIFY (The Atlantis Grail Trilogy, Book One), LADY OF MONOCHROME (a sequel to LORDS OF RAINBOW), a new Compass Rose milieu novel GODS OF THE COMPASS ROSE, and the AIREALM Trilogy.

After many years in Los Angeles, Vera lives in a small town in Vermont, and uses her Armenian sense of humor and her Russian sense of suffering to bake conflicted pirozhki and make art.

In addition to being a writer and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.

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Cobweb Bride 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
lrlee More than 1 year ago
A powerful story along the lines of Death Takes a Holiday. As creepy and disturbing an opening as one can hope for, the story could easily be classed as horror. Yet, it is a story of redemption and second chances, of finding oneself under circumstances that are as strange as they possibly can be. The author touches upon themes of how the desire to hang on to power corrupts not only psychologically but physically as well, the desire to be accepted and useful, and that overriding desire to love and be loved. The politics are complex but not overly so. I liked the descriptions of what can happen should people be unable to die. And the ending will surprise as well as whet your appetite for the second in this trilogy. Highly recommended.
Lori2013 More than 1 year ago
I love how this story centers around Greek mythology. That's what first pulled me into getting this book. I did feel, however, that there were many sections of the book that seemed to go on and on and on. Some of the battles were so drawn out that I found myself skimming through them. As much as I'd like to know the end of this storyline, I'm just not sure that I want to buy the second and third books in this series.
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
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.
SJW446 More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole trilogy.  Unique and kept me turning the pages.
Lourena More than 1 year ago
This book is well written and unique. I loved how it kept me guessing. I hate it when I can predict the plot. This author has me so excited to see where the story is going.  It is a bit gory, but not too bad. Loved it.
scarlettLM More than 1 year ago
I loved the title and was hoping for more. The book didn't flow for me. I couldn't follow along. sadly disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a departure from what I normally read, but I really enjoyed it! If you like historical fiction with a twist, you should give this book a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a good book had you guessing who the bride was going to be. I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! The story was so different from anything I'd ever's refreshing to come across a new idea for a change. Yes, there are some graphic scenes, especially early on, but I think that was done purposely by the author to illustrate how lack of death is actually a curse and not a blessing. I wouldn't recommend it for younger readers. This is more of a fairy tale for adults. This story was very well written, and was quite thought provoking. It'd be a good book club pick. I never was quite sure what was going to happen next; this book held my interest because there was nothing predictable about it! As stated by another reviewer, the book did end kind of abruptly. There was a definite conclusion, not just a cliffhanger ending, but it came so suddenly in the story that I was a little shocked. Part of the problem was that there are about 30 extra pages at the end, so you think there is more to come, and part of the problem is just the way it's written. All in all, this was a great read. I plan on purchasing the sequel and checking out other works by this author.
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
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!
LiederMadchen More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting, and was left speechless. I love Vera Nazarian's previous novels, but they pale in comparison to the utter perfection that is Cobweb Bride. It is quite simply one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. The eerie descriptions paint a wintery world of shadow and breathless anticipation seemingly without effort. You know how in some books you find yourself skimming over the descriptions to get to the interesting part? Not in this book, you don't. The world is a living, breathing character. In many ways, this story is a fairy-tale. A dark, shivery fairy-tale with an intensity that grabs hold and doesn't let go. I am having trouble describing the atmosphere, it is so different from other books. It is macabre and wondrous, beautiful and frightening, all at the same time. I generally dislike books with multiple main characters and story-lines, but it didn't bother me for a moment in Cobweb Bride, so skillfully were they woven together. The murdered princess unable to die, the unappreciated daughter who finds purpose, the conflicted young knight...their unconnected lives suddenly inextricably bound together. I found it fascinating to watch everyone react to a world where people were suddenly unable to die. Wonder, horror, revulsion, fear, grief - everyone reacts differently. The author does a wonderful job in explaining how important death is, in ways both obvious and unexpected. When suddenly no one and nothing dies, the world becomes, oddly enough, a scarier place. It is rare to find a fantasy novel of such depth. I would recommend this book to pretty much everybody. I honestly can't think of a single complaint or flaw. This story can be enjoyed equally by men and women, teens and adults. It's the closest to a perfect book I've come across in a long time. I received an advance e-galley through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
reececo331 More than 1 year ago
I did not know what to expect when i started this book. But found an opulent and detailed world, where death has ceased his function. He will no longer take those who have earned in valor or sickness, in weakness or strength the reward of ending of a life. It has come to pass that he has lost his Cobweb Bride, and that in his longing he has asked the world to help him find her.  Percy (Persephone) is a young peasant girl, who is not beautiful or comely, but hides her intelligence and curiosity behind a shroud of misdirection. Only loved by her father whom she helps work on the farm. Her grandmother has be left stuck between the living and the dead. And her death rattle has echoed through the house for days, when an announcement comes to their little town that Death is waiting his Cobweb Bride, and that all eligible girls are to attempt to reach is castle and attempt to become his Cobweb Bride.  This all occurs in the first chapter of this book. And a reader will find that with in its pages is a great love story, and a great story of loss, fealty, and compassion. 
Lily_F More than 1 year ago
Ok..... This story was AWESOME in soooo many ways. But the weird part is, as much as I wanted to read this initially, it took me FOREVER to finally start reading it. As in... months. Why did it take me so damn long to pick this up?? In what feels like ages ago, I read the description for this novel. Not even sure how I came across it, to be honest with you. I was certainly very intrigued. Death wants a wife, and until he gets one, nothing can die (regardless of their current physical state – ya… think about it… highly disturbing possibilities here!). Anyway… what’s not to like?? So when I got the opportunity to get this through Netgalley, I was so very much excited! I promptly downloaded the novel onto my tablet… where it remained for months….. And why do you ask? The cover. I know… I know… How very shallow of me. I knew I wanted to read it, but the cover didn’t call to me. As the months passed I forgot about the book description (one unfortunate aspect of an e-reader is you can’t flip the book for the description and be reminded of why you wanted to read it so much in the first place), and when I came across the cover in my ever growing list, I would say… “Oh yeah! I want to read this one… looks too ‘renaissancy’… not in the mood for that genre right now…” Finally, one day I thought… I’ve had this for a while, let me start it to see how it is… and I.could.not.put.this.down. Excellent story. Fantastic plot flow and character development. A few storylines going on parallel to each other, before our main characters come together at last to continue the story/quest, but it flows so well, it's seamless, and not at all confusing. Love the characters because they are so fleshy and alive in my mind. Percy is undeniably my favorite, being so clearly the underdog character in this story – mistreated by her own mother, feels plain (maybe even ugly) and made to feel worthless… yet she develops into such a warrior in this story. Love that! She alone is fantastic, but there are so many great characters that just add so much to this story, but I was also kept very riveted by the storyline itself. Especially once Death stopped its work, and people - or animals, or any living thing really - could no longer die regardless of their state… Think about it. You are off in a war and get pelted with arrows, or sword through the belly… Can’t die! Butchered pig, chicken or turkey… Can’t die! Gross and disturbing I tell ya! The imagery was absolutely awful… and you can’t help but hope that Death finds/chooses his bride, so that everything can be put right again, for the sake of all living things in limbo. If this novel doesn’t give you nightmares, it sure will keep your interest and on the edge of your seat. This was EXCELLENT storytelling and I am really looking forward to continuing the story into the next book. I certainly will not be waiting very long before opening that one up though. THAT is a promise!!
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I'm a voracious reader...particularly of fantasy. I fell in love with The Cobweb Bride trilogy. The characters, endearing and the plot, engrossing. Very possibly one of my favorites, ever.
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It had tons of spelling errors. The speech was often stilted or ran around in circles to get to a single point. Bought the second to read just because it's a unique story and I'm curious.
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I really love the story line and the details. I just wish it didn't leave me hanging. On the other hand I am eager to read more and find out what happens to her and just who she is looking for!
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I loved the premise of the story. It was well-written and a book I couldn't put down.
lolajane More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this series, and yes, I read them all.  There are some interesting twists and turns throughout the books,  but if you stick with it, you will definitely be surprised.  Even with the death scenes and battle scenes where the "dead" don't die,  it still is an interesting series.  I couldn't put it down until I completed the books.  
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shelcheesy More than 1 year ago
Death has decreed that he will stop taking souls until his Cobweb Bride returns to him. This means no one will die, even when slain in battle or deathly ill – they will continue to simply be. Horrible, right? Even worse, this applies to every living thing, including the plants and animals that all living beings need to survive! (A reviewer seemed confused by this, I will explain shortly.) So if the Cobweb Bride does not return to Death’s side soon, every living being in the world will eventually fall victim to this in between world of life and death. But who or what is a Cobweb Bride? The premise of this novel is absolutely horrifying – I LOVE IT. The depth of this plot is brilliantly woven into the details of the ramifications of Death’s proclamations. This curse will affect everyone equally.The people of the kingdoms and their surrounding villages are quick to work together to find a solution as to right the world’s imbalance, but there are some that see advantages to being neither alive nor dead, and will fight to keep the world as is. A complex and ingenious narrative is enriched with characters you grow to love and connect with. We are given several in depth point of views from a few central characters. Each character develops their own philosophy on Death and Life that gives them different purpose. I came to love each character for their strength and their flaws, especially Percy. Her sad existence of being unloved and uncherished doesn’t affect her ability to love and care for others – this constantly tugged on my heartstrings! This novel is the first in a trilogy which is the reason for its seemingly abrupt ending. But I am so engrossed in this story and so attached to the characters that I need to know what will happen next! I will definitely continue reading. One reviewer mentioned this “Reality and unreality blend together throughout various settings, characters, and occurrences with a natural rhythm.” This is very true. It read much like historical fiction, with a supernatural vibe. If you came across this novel because you are interested in supernatural fiction, be warned that this is not written like contemporary fiction. I hate that some rated this book poorly because of this. This book is an excellent example of its unique blending of genres, (Horror, Romance, Historical Fiction, and Fantasy) and I can’t wait to read more! (To the reviewer that was confused about the food source I suppose misunderstood the writing. Food that comes from animals cannot be used, as the animal does not ever actually die. You can’t cook the meat, because even while cooked it will remain raw and will even move and show signs of “life”. Plants that were harvested before Death’s proclamation are fine, but after the proclamation they discontinue their life cycle, so they will not ever reach the point of harvest again.)