Friday, April 3, 2015

C is for 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. 

My Review:

I couldn't get into Cobweb Bride at first. I'm not sure if it was the story itself or if it was just my state of mind when I started reading it. But after the first few chapters it really grabbed hold of my attention and wouldn't let go.

I loved the characters. Through them you get to see the various ways that death, or the lack there of, has impacted the world that Nazarian has built. Also because of how the story is written the identity of the cobweb bride is kept a mystery throughout the book. I know that quite a few times I thought I had the mystery solved only to be surprised again and again. 
I also love the world building and amazing descriptions that Nazarian put into the novel. The parts of the world that I visited made me want to explore it more. The descriptions made the people and places come to life on the page.

I love the way the stories of each character are slowly but surely sewn together by the end of the book. Of course there are lose ends, but that's to be expected since there are two more books in the trilogy. However I think that Cobweb Bride is a solid start and I'll forgive not all the questions being answered at the end since it turned into such a pleasurable read. 

I definitely recommend picking it up, especially since all three books in the series are out now.  It would  make a great summer read.  If you're not sure about picking up all three the e-version of Cobweb Bride is currently free on Amazon. So there's no reason not to get it! (The link is above.)


I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. I try not to judge books based on reviews. I'd rather come to my own conclusions. However, thanks for introducing me to the book.

    Precious Monsters

    1. That's the main reason I do reviews is to introduce new books to people. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Great book for the letter C, I've given your blog a shout out from my own letter "C " today.

  3. Good on you for giving the rest of the book a try. Sounds like it didn't disappoint. :)

    1. No it didn't, and I'm really glad for that! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. sounds an interesting book! I'm enjoying the A-Z-ing so far - good fun (I'm number 590 on the list)

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Cobweb Bride was VERY interesting and I definitely recommend it!

  5. My dear, I'm Linda with Pam's Unconventional Alliance! I assume your A to Z theme is book reviews! Great! I love books! But could you do me a favor? The correct spelling is 'summary', not 'summery'! BTW I love your background!
    Good luck with the Challenge! This is a LOT of work!!

    1. Thank you for letting me know! Thanks for stopping by.Hope you enjoy the rest of the challenge!