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In the Coils of the Snake (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #3)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  3,471 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
"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
ebook, 240 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (first published October 1st 2005)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
In the Coils of the Snake, the third book in THE HOLLOW KINGDOM YA fantasy trilogy, is about a human girl, Miranda, who is Matilda’s daughter (Matilda being a minor character in the prior two books in this series). Miranda has grown up in the underground goblin kingdom, but when there's an upheaval there, with her long-planned marriage to the goblin king going south, she leaves. Wandering around at loose ends and suicidally depressed, she's found and snagged up by Kir, the elf lord, who sees her ...more
Dec 15, 2013 Willow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed In the Coils of the Snake much better than Close Kin. I’m not quite sure why. Maybe the heavy-handed message of the second book about marriage and babies didn’t seem quite so prevalent. But then again, maybe I just ignored it this time. lol
I do that.

Of course, The Hollow Kingdom will always be my favorite. I almost think Dunkle shouldn’t have made this a trilogy, because the first book was perfect by itself. Dunkle likes to take the theme (never judge a book by its cover) and turn it a
Feb 16, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, ya
2.5 stars. Disappointing, because I loved book 1, The Hollow Kingdom (my review. However, despite some interesting and captivating scenes, this is a boring YA fantasy-romance. More romance than fantasy, actually. Best were the opening chapters, with a longish yawn in the middle and a wordy info dump about ancient elvish history bogging down what could have been a much stronger finish.

Not enough happens. Little to marvel at and fret over. I wanted some captivating tension. I wanted acts of hero
Dec 16, 2008 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-uns, ya
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 ...more

notes on two problematic things:
one: female protagonist, miranda relies on male counterpart (whether it be a friend or father figure) for her happiness. she defines herself dependent on males (due to her own family, marak, but also herself). it remains this way till the end, with no change in her nor does she gain much on self-confidence.

two: miranca inflicts injuries (view spoiler) on herself when she's
(a) lonely,
(b) waiting for marek
I liked this one better than Close Kin, despite my disappointment at the relative absence of familiar characters.

Miranda has been raised in the human world, but ever since she was a child she has been groomed by Marak to become the human wife of his son, Catspaw. But when Catspaw, now the Goblin King, discovers a that a living, civilized group of elves has returned to their old territory, he cannot pass up the opportunity to arrange a truce in exchange for an elf wife. Suddenly robbed of her des
Jan 19, 2008 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
I've read this book more times then I really know, and each time I just love it more and more. Nir makes me swoon, and the other characters are very engaging as well. I love the plot twists in this one as well. A must read! (the other two books are phenomenal as well) :)
Jan 20, 2009 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy, 2009
The last book in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy and I wasn’t disappointed. First off, this is the first book without an overly gruesome prologue. Which I’m almost sad about since I felt bound to continue reading the others to discover the reason for such horridness. This prologue begins with our beloved Marak getting ready to pass away and leave his kingdom to his son – not as gruesome and to tell you the truth not as intriguing either but still good.

Back to the story: Old Marak has been raising a
Jul 15, 2010 Becca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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You know those romances where everything would be fine if they just talked to each other? This is like that, except it's a political situation, not a romance. Which is worse because it affects so many people.

And this probably followed too many characters. I was more interested in updates on the old characters than the new characters. Did add some nice worldbuilding stuff.

It was fine.
Laura Navello
Well, the series redeemed itself a bit, but just a bit. Once again, brides are kidnapped and they fall in love… ok we get it, in this world women have a chronic Stokholm syndrome issue. It might be genetic.
So, Miranda, Til’s daughter, has been raised by Marak to be a King’s Wife and marry Catspaw. However, a band of the last elves appears and asks Catspaw for a peace treaty in exchange for an elf bride. Of course, marrying an elf is better for the kingdom than marrying Miranda because this parti
Mar 30, 2008 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book for the most part. Some of the issues were interesting--how women are treated among these species (goblins and elves), how different groups of people pretty much agree to disagree on everything, how said groups can achieve peace yet know that it won't last because they're too different, how people just tend to misunderstand each other and jump to conclusions then act without thought... Lots of issues involved. However, it wasn't as conclusive as I would have liked. The i ...more
Jan 04, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this final book of the trilogy the most. I'm still a little unsettled about the whole capturing-brides-against-their-will issue that is a prevalent theme in these stories. Also, the other-worldly societies depicted are a little too male dominating than I prefer, but then again, I'm a modern girl and these novels are set in the 1800's (although I don't think Elizabeth Bennet would let herself be pushed around as much as the heroines in these novels are). I'm used to Tolkien's elves, so ...more
Fred Dickson
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Jul 30, 2014 Maud rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars, not as bad as the second book in this trilogy but definitely not good.

This book overall felt boring. There was a lot of repetition of several elements from the second book, certain things were explained a bit too much and the characters were dull.
Were the second book was all about finding brides, this one is all about trying to let these brides accept their fate (of a forced marriage). Miranda showed promise but once she concluded that her captor was handsome and she fell in love wit
Mar 02, 2009 Tammy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot! The pages just kept turning. I'm still annoyed by the fact that King's brides (and often others') are stolen/forced/captive and the author can make that all ok by having them fall in love with their captors...Kate, Irina, Sable, Miranda, even Arianna is on her way. Amazing how everything turns out so perfectly. Then again, what do I want? Scott Westerfeld's less-than-perfect endings?
Setting all that aside, I really liked the book. Thank goodness the elves redeemed them
Aug 26, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How have I missed this trilogy for so long? I wish I had read it while I was still teaching so I could have pushed it in my classroom because it's more than just a good story. The women in the books all live in cultures that deprive them of their power, yet the each of the characters manages find her own way. Is it the best way? I don't know: good discussion starter. The books also deal with themes of beauty, different cultural ideas, cultural clashes and misunderstandings, and personal identity ...more
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Amy S
Aug 10, 2013 Amy S rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first book is still my favorite, but this was a good end to the series.
Kelly Aley
Apr 06, 2008 Kelly Aley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This final book in the trilogy still left me craving more stories set in this world. I really enjoyed this series. They are REALLY quick reads and are great stories. Recommend.
Mar 20, 2017 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By the time I slogged through the unfortunate sequel, I was done with this series. I read the first few chapters, but all of the truly fantastic characters were dead or mentally dead and the story was beginning to stretch far beyond any believable character plots. Lost all the magic of the first book.
Nina Bjørnsen
Sep 13, 2015 Nina Bjørnsen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 19, 2011 ☆Eiko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy, romance, and elf lovers!
Recommended to ☆Eiko by: A good friend of mine when i was young
When I first read the series, the only ones available at my library were the first book in the trilogy and this one. I obviously didn't read them in the correct order but they were still engaging to my young mind. Not knowing English that well to grasp much from the first book, this one definitely caught my attention. I was thinking this was going to take place in the Goblin world as it did the first one so I was rather surprised it had to do with the elves! The only other elves I knew were from ...more
I was very disappointed in this book. The only reason why I gave it 3 stars was because of the appearance of the original characters.

This book had WAY TOO MANY new characters for my liking. They are not what made the story.

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Ashley Kempkes
Jul 12, 2012 Ashley Kempkes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-read
I went to the library and looked for it on the shelf and it wasn't there! I was so disappointed. Imagine my surprise when I found it on my bedroom floor! Apparently my sister got to the book before I did and checked it out for me!
I loved and hated this book. Marak was his usual smug I'm-always-right self, if only for a few pages, and the girl. I love how Catpaw didn't like that he had to marry the elf and still wanted to marry Miranda.
What I hated was the elves. Well, it's not so much hate as a
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I remember loving the first book in the series, The Hollow Kingdom. But this one was both boring and annoying.

Boring because there was 0 surprises: you don't need to read the book, the synopsis tells you the *complete* story (well, except who "wins"). Pretty bad move on the publisher's part if you ask me.

Annoying because there were points of view switches literally every couple of sentences for most of the book. That's something that drives me crazy. I prefer a single point of view in the b
Jul 16, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one was the best of the trilogy, imo. Catspaw and Nir did not creep me out the way that Marak did in the other books, and strangely, Marak as a fatherly figure to Miranda wasn't so creepy either. The author really tightened up her plotting and hit her stride with this one.

We still have the issue of these two magical races who kidnap brides for their kings, and the brides coming to love them--in the first novel, this seemed way more like Stockholm Syndrome. For some reason, though, in this b
April Johnson (Patton)
In the Coils of the Snake is a terrible disappointment that we all saw coming. The Hollow Kingdom sets up a world where kidnapping and forced marriages are acceptable, beauty is synonymous with weakness, and marriage/children are the only source of happiness. However, we were all willing to forgive the shortcomings of this world in favor of awesome human-vs.-monster antics, a creepy 19th-century-literature vibe, a strong heroine, and some badass goblin revenge.

In the Coils of the Snake is a dul
May 31, 2015 Shanelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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I was born Clare Buckalew in Fort Worth, Texas, and grew up in Denton, Texas, a city north of Dallas. I earned my B.A. in Russian with a minor in Latin from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. After graduating from Indiana University with a master's degree in library science, I came back to San Antonio to work when my husband, Joe, joined the engineering staff at Kelly Air Force Base. I earn ...more
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