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The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  2,094 ratings  ·  85 reviews
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 ha
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ebook, 704 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2007)
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Shari  Mulluane
♦ The Story: The book starts out with a short creation legend followed by a very dark beginning to the story. Almost immediately you begin to sympathize in horror with a trapped 8 year old girl who is barricaded in a house with her dead relatives. The only survivor of a plague that killed not only parents and siblings but aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents; the town outside waiting for her to die so they can burn the house down. From the very first page, you are emotionally hooked into this ta ...more
T. Edmund
I haven't written a scathing review for some time and unfortunately Douglas is in line for major carthasis,

I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Sara Douglas novels, I tend to really like the worlds built and the epic situations she creates, but not like where she goes with them. And its the journey not the destination that makes a good book anyway.

However with Serpent's bride I was neither satisfied with the setup, end or anything inbetween. The beginning plot is little more developed t
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Beaulah Pragg
Well having read the Twisted Citadel (Book 2) first by accident, it was a very different experience reading this first book than it might have been otherwise. I was hooked the whole way through, knowing where people would end up but desperate to know how on earth they got there.

It was a morbid sort of fascination, as book two begins in a rather dark place, thus book one was inevitably spiralling towards disaster, and yet the ride was thrilling and I actually finished this monster of a book in tw
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Shell Schroth

I have decided that 'Fantasy' is quickly becoming one of my favorite Genre's. Mind you, as of late I have been changing my reading palate as often as I change my underwear, so this may not be saying much.

This was such a cool story, leaving you with a cliffhanger so that whether you end the book loving it or hating it, you will feel the urge to read the next, regardless.

Having said that however, if you are considering taking on this series, (Which is NOT an overtly 'light' read)~ May I suggest y
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Tamara
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Sylvia McIvers
Interesting set up - a girl's family and most of her village dies in a plague. The remaining villagers won't let one survivor out of a plague house, so Ishabelle is forced to stay inside with the rotting corpses. Who start speaking to her. Yikes. The little girl is rescued and brought to the Serpent Cult's mountain, where she eventually becomes the (chaste) Arch-Priestess.
Then she has a vision that she has to go marry some barbarian king. Ishabelle is horrified, but ready to do her duty.

The full
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Jeff Simpson
I would have given this 3 and a half stars I could. I enjoyed it, but a few aspects which puts it below Douglass' earlier Tencendor novels.

I have always loved how flawed her characters are, and their flaws shine through clearly here. This makes them more human and more interesting. But the flaws she employs are something I've seen before in her earlier novels: the reluctant hero, the female pawn, the seductress, the manipulator with their own agenda, and Axis typically struggling to keep his pan
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Erin
Weird, dark, engaging. Not for kids! I thought the world-building was good. I also enjoyed the "shades of gray" characters - there are no black or white hats here, except the world-threatening evil, of course. People make dumb mistakes and suffer the consequences, prophecies are forgotten or not understood. Very human. It is pretty dark, though. I was kind of yearning for some hopeful hero moments. Also, this is my first book by this author. I have not read the other books everyone says must be ...more
Jared
I have been debating whether to wait and post this once the entire series is completed or to post it now, and have decided that I want my opinion on this series know before the trilogy comes to an end. So without further ado:

The Serpent Bride and The Twisted Citadel by Sara Douglass are part of the DarkGlass Mountain series which takes Ms. Douglass other series, the Wayfarer Redemption, and two stand-alone novels, Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold, and combines them into one story. I had no
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Rory (Nightwyrm)
This books starts a bit slow and stiff, but eventually eases into a decent flow reminiscent of the Sara Douglass's two Tencendor series.

The only real unfortunate thing about this book is that it requires you to not only have read the Axis Trilogy and the Wayfarer Redemption series, but you have to have read both Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold. Only then will this book make sense.

I've found this author can be a bit hit-and-miss with her work, but she has returned in this book to a familia
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Amanda
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 sacri
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Logan
A quick note. Do not read this book if you have not read all six books of The Wayfarer Redemption as well as the stand alone novels Threshold and Beyond the Hanging Wall. It will make little sense otherwise.

I'm not sure if four stars is what I actually want to give this book. Three and a half might better describe my feelings about it. And yet, somehow, I also want to give it five. I'm so torn because I really did enjoy the book, I couldn't put it down, but something was a little off in the writ
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Verodarling Melani
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Angevon
Warning to new readers: to understand half of what's going on in this series, you should read The Wayfarer Redemption first. Read books 1-3 in that series. If you like that, then skip books 4-6, and go straight to this book. Optional extras would be Beyond the Hanging Wall and Threshold. I missed those last two the first time I read this series and they would have helped, but I feel that they are not vital. Beyond the Hanging Wall is kind of generic, but Threshold is one of my all-time favorites ...more
Shazza Maddog
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Lowry
Interesting idea. Douglass has decided to tie together two previous trilogies and two seemingly unrelated books. She manages to do so, but only barely, walking a fine line between succeeding and it feeling artificially forced. I read several reviews of this book before deciding to give it a try, hoping it would be McCaffrey-esquqe in the success of tying together different plot histories, and have been a little let down. One common reviewer complaint was that the characters are all pretty selfis ...more
Nina
The author was recommended to me at a Borders store I went to. This is the first book of hers that I've read. I looked at some of the other reviews after I had already started reading and found that I probably should not have started this one. Some of the characters come from previous stories and they would probably hold a lot more significance after reading those books first. I regret reading the reviews because I hate having my experience tainted by others' observations as that makes me consta ...more
Sueij
Though Sara Douglass has several trilogies (and a foursome that I just loved), I picked this one up as a place to start. But the more I read, the more I felt like I was missing a book or three. So I looked up more about her books and discovered that prior to this story, I was actually missing seven. No wonder I thought there were too many characters and too much missing history!

It's probably a much better book if you read all its prequels in order. I did like it enough to read Book 2. My only re
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Patrick Burgess
Eek, So Much Betrayal!

I love Douglass, I really do, if only because her worlds are so mutli-layered and complex and just plain ol' cool. But really, how many bouts of betrayal, infidelity, and disaster do characters need to go through before they've completed their hero's quest? Granted life goes on, and anything can happen, but where does life go on at least moderately happily for a stretch longer than a couple of months? *sigh*

So, for me, too much Icarii drama (I didn't know they were still al
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Cassandra Kay Silva
My husband is crazy over Sara Douglass and thinks she is one of the best fantasy writers ever. This is the second book of hers that I tried and I still don't get it to be honest. I think he forgot to mention that you pretty much have to read the six previous books as well as the two stand alones to know anything about these characters. The second book picks up a lot though.
Jenn
I was very skeptical of this book after reading Crusader when she literally crushed one of the most beautiful fantasy worlds I've known. I also wasn't sure how she was going to pull so many different worlds into one but my doubts were put to rest! This book brought back the joy and magic I experienced reading the Axis Trilogy. It was really fun to be reunited with some of my favorite characters and see how they've developed in the time since I left them. I would definitely recommend this book to ...more
Flickalooya
This is my first Sara Douglas. Now passed away, Sara's work in science/fantasy fiction received much award and praise as a groundbreaker for this genre in Australia.

In hindsight this was not the the best book to start with as many of the characters that originated in earlier sequels were not fleshed out enough for my liking. It made it hard to connect with them and it made the complexity of the plot seem a little far fetched at times as it was carried out through insubstantial characters.

Having
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Angela
If you have been reading the Wayfarer Redemption series from the start, you will love the seventh book and become intrigued about the series all over again.

Much like the destiny that was always meant for Axis & Faraday in the original Axis Trilogy, the characters introduced in The Serpent Bride (Book 7 of the Wayfarer Redemption/Book 1 of the Dark Glass Mountain trilogy) find themselves being pushed into lives they do not want and do not understand. However, their destinies are written and t
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Commentary
I had no problem not having read any other of the author's books. My quibble was with such a stupid self absorbed and clueless lead female. We are supposed to believe she is the high priestess of cult of seers yet is oblivious to intrigues and can't figure out the motives of anyone around her. Not to mention she can't "see" a blooming thing for being such a great seer. She has supposedly been in training her whole life for this adventure yet has no defensive arts and is totally incapable of prot ...more
Trishy
I love the book and can't wait for the third one to come out. In the beginning of the book I found myself not like Ishbel at all and in various places throughout the story I was wishing I could shake some sense into her. In the end though, Ishbel has become one of the characters I enjoy reading about the most and I can't wait to see how the story ends for her. A nice book to read, I would suggest reading the Axis/Starman series first before starting in the Darkglass Mountain series, but that's n ...more
Joy
It wasn't until I was well into this book that I reaslized I'd read the earlier works that refer to this universe and its characters...The Wayfarer Redemption, first of six. The Icarii are the most enjoyable fantasy race. Winged sexy men...LOL...who return to this new series, their homeland having sunk into the sea in the first round.

Fast reading without a great deal of prose or poetry but an enjoyable adventure anyway. Star crossed lovers seem to be a constant elements along with "THE GREAT EVI
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Therese
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Tulara
Okay, I am hooked on Sara Douglass. This book was a great read - Evil gods being pulled back to life to what you know is going to be a bad ending, unrequited love, intrigue, betrayal, and a loss of conversation resulting in hurt feelings.
The opening part of the book tells of a time of plague that hits a house in the village. The town folk nail the doors and windows shut in order to save themselves - but a child is still alive within the house. They listen to her screams - she's not sick, but the
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Skip
Let me start off by saying that I did not read any of the previous books Douglass has written, with some of the same characters in them. And I don't feel lost or like this book doesn't make sense. I think the disadvantage of not reading the previous novels is that I just didn't care about the people who really didn't seem to "fit" into the story. It made the book feel a little long to me. But, by the end, I started to get it figured out and enjoy the supposed tedious characters more. So, in hind ...more
Karen Brooks
Another fantastic read from Sara Douglass. Her imagination and flair for writing page-turners just gets better and better. I particularly liked this book as it draws together characters and plots from not only her major Axis series, but two of her stand-alone novels, Threshold and Beyond the Hanging Wall which are fabulous in themselves. It's wonderful to be able to explore the richness and variety of the characters and lands from those books again and to follow what happens when they encounter ...more
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Douglass was born in Penola, South Australia. She attended Annesley College, in Wayville, a suburb of Adelaide. She studied for her BA while working as a Registered Nurse, and later completed her PhD in early modern English History. She became a lecturer in medieval history at La Trobe University, Bendigo. While there she completed her first novel, BattleAxe, which launched her as a popular fantas ...more
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