The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain Series #1)

The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain Series #1)

by Sara Douglass

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ISBN-13: 9780060882143
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Series: Darkglass Mountain Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 704
Sales rank: 1,319,293
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.17(d)

About 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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Serpent Bride 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Angevon More than 1 year ago
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.
avid_readerKS More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
VivalaErin on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Not sure how I never knew about Sara Douglass until last year! This book does bring characters from other books and series, but it only causes a minor hiccup in reading because there is plenty going on in this novel to hold your interest. The members of The Coil are mysterious and strange. Maximillian and Axis and the others are fantastic characters and I cannot wait to read the next book. I even got the Axis trilogy to catch up on him!
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I've been a fan of Sara Douglass' spellbinding stories ever since I picked up The Wayfarer Redemption (or by its original name, Axis). Even though I was somewhat slow on getting into her DarkGlass Mountain trilogy, I figured now was as good a time as even to pick it up.In The Serpent Bride, readers meet Ishbel, a woman who was rescued from death as a child by the high priest of a group called the Coil, a strange outland snake cult that tells the future by reading the intestines from living sacrifices. Doesn't exactly sound like a good thing to grow up around, but Ishbel didn't have much choice. Ishbel, a child of power to the Coil, grows up to become the cult's arch priestess. Ishbel is resolved to never marry or leave her home until she sees a vision from the Serpent god, telling her that she must marry the king of Esctar, a land far away from her home. She reluctantly agrees and marries the strange king known as Maxil. That small step flings Ishbel into a strange, unknown world where she gets tangled in webs of romance, politics and war.While the setup seems like a great way to begin a new series, the most surprising thing about The Serpent Bride is the fact that well, it isn't very new. I hate to say it, but it reads much like Douglass' previous novels, easily paralleling the plot and characters. The aspect that upset me the most about this series was the fact that Douglass pulled Axis and StarDrifter back into the story. While I do think it's pretty cool that she's trying to connect all of her stories into one giant megaverse, I think that pulling this two characters and the Icarii into The Serpent Bride, and giving them all important roles in the story completely detracted the story from new characters -which I were far more interested in getting to know. For crying out loud -I've read about Axis for six books, I think it's time to just let him go, but honestly I think Douglass is having trouble letting her beloved first character go.Douglass' writing is as fluid and lush as always, in fact, that's one of the few things that got me through this book. I was fascinated by the new elements that she wove together, but I couldn't quite get into them due to the stale nature of previous characters being recycled.I wouldn't say The Serpent Bride is a complete failure, it's still entertaining and lush, but it reads more like Axis book seven than something new...
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing 3 months ago
The story opens with Ishbel losing her family at a young age and being rescued by the Coil, where she is brought up and becomes the arch priestess of that order. Then she's ordered to go to Maximilian in Escator and become his wife.Maximilian is torn, the coil have a terrible reputation but he needs them for his kingdom to continue. And that's just the beginning of the story, it includes kidnapping, great evil trying to get free of it's prison and overarching plotting that both complicates and helps our heroes. I enjoyed the story and found that it moved quite quickly.
littlebookworm on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I am glad to report that Sara Douglass is back on form in this latest novel. I was thoroughly involved in the story and really liked how she combined many of her previous novels into this one. It lacked the problems of her earlier Tencendor series, and I hope she keeps it up, which she hasn't managed well in the past. My only problem with it was that I'll have to wait years for the next!
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besomrdr73 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and the very human characters.
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Amber Mills More than 1 year ago
Couldnt put it down...definitely sucks you in and keeps you there...on par with terry goodkind and jrr tolkien!
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Richard Chaney More than 1 year ago
I love this zuthors tech..
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