In the Coils of the Snake: Book III -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

In the Coils of the Snake: Book III -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

by Clare B. Dunkle
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In the Coils of the Snake: Book III -- The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy by Clare B. Dunkle

"What is the spell for?" Miranda asked curiously, stepping close beside him to squeeze through the first ring of trees. She didn't know of any goblin spells that used flowers unless they were crushed like herbs.
"Do you really want to know?" murmured the elf absently, looking up at the dark crowns of the ancient oaks.
"Yes," she said. She had always liked magic. He glanced back down at her then.
"It's for you," he said. And the instant they passed the great trunks, his hand closed over her wrist.

The powerful final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy

Miranda has waited her whole life to come home to the goblin kingdom, but she never imagined she'd feel so alone there. Her beloved Marak, the center of her world since childhood, has reached the end of his reign.

But Marak didn't raise a coward. Miranda needs all her courage when a mysterious elf lord takes her prisoner, reigniting an age-old battle. Caught between two hostile races, she becomes their greatest reason for war—and their only hope for a future.

In this final volume of the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, Clare B. Dunkle draws readers deep into her magical realm for one last incredible story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466803848
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: 12/26/2006
Series: Hollow Kingdom Trilogy Series , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 268,641
File size: 263 KB
Age Range: 11 - 14 Years

About the Author

Clare B. Dunkle is also the author of By These Ten Bones. A native of north Texas, she and her family currently live in Germany.

Clare B. Dunkle worked for years as a librarian. She lives with her family in Germany. Her first book, The Hollow Kingdom, won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award and was named a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start," a Bank Street College of Education Best Book, and a Locus Magazine Best YA Book.

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In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #3) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Angieville More than 1 year ago
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.

Marak is dead. *sob*

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.

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel brought The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.
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Solstice-Ballad1 More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!