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I slangens vold (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #3)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  3,073 ratings  ·  183 reviews
Miranda har hele sit liv ventet på at komme med til det underjordiske rige Varylian.
Varylerne er skræmmende, men Miranda er modig og stolt og glæder sig til at blive gift med Kattepote, den kommende varylerkonge.
Bryllupsplanerne bliver dog voldsomt forstyttede, da en fremmed og meget magisk alfeleder viser sig i skoven og puster til den ældgamle konflikt mellem varyler og
Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2006 by Sesam (first published October 1st 2005)
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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
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
jo mo

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 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
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
In the Coils of the Snake is about Miranda, who is Matilda’s daughter (Matilda is a minor character in the prior two books in this series). Coils takes place maybe 40 years after the first book, The Hollow Kingdom, but most of the original characters from Kingdom are still around and it’s fun to see what’s happened to them. You need to have read at least The Hollow Kingdom for Coils of the Snake to make any sense at all, and preferably the second book, Close Kin, as well.

This book is more enjoy
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
Apr 24, 2010 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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) :)
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
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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.
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
Fred Dickson
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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
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
Nina Bjørnsen
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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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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
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Sierra Swenson
The third book in the Hollow Kingdom series, I found, was a lot more emotionally taxing than the first two. I found myself yelling at the book only a few chapters in. The fact that my favorite character died early on didn't help either. Miranda, the book's protagonist, was initially unlikeable, but got better. The ending was satisfying (good thing too, after all the crap this book put me through!!), and was a pretty good end to
Kelly Aley
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.
What a great ending to the trilogy! I liked this book more than Close Kin, but I liked The Hollow Kingdom about the same as this one. I am glad that we got to see the world from the perspective of the elves this time. (view spoiler) I didn't like the way Catspaw handled the whole situation with the elves. (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 02, 2015 ☆Eiko rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Okay, so for some reason I've come to the conclusion that Close Kin (the second of the series) was the worst of the trilogy. Not that it's bad or anything, but I've found that I really liked Hollow Kingdom, a lot, and this one, as well; but I was generally indifferent toward the second book. I admit that I was very reluctant and disappointed to find out that Marak dies- Not actually spoilers, because it's in the description, and the first chapter of the book.

Til's daughter, Miranda, is raised fr
(3.5 stars) The third book in the Hollow Kingdom series occurs takes place when Marak, the Goblin King introduced in the first book, is now nearing his death. In order to prepare for the future, he has groomed a human girl named Miranda, to be the King's Wife. His son, Marak Catspaw is faced with a difficult choice when after his father's death, they are visited by a group of elves whose leader offers him one of the women as his wife in return for access to the elvish books in possession of the ...more
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This is the third book in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy, and it takes place several years after the second book. A human girl has been raised to become the wife of the next King of the Goblins, but when it comes time for that to happen, a small band of elves who are not living a savage life is discovered, and their leader attempts to trade for the old elvish records which the goblins captured at the end of the last elf-goblin war.

The trade involves an elf bride for the King of the Goblins, so the h
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
Ashley Kempkes
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
Kathryn Fulton
I like this book least of all the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy. But reading it through this time it seems like perhaps it has the most going on. Like all the books, the plot is about young women who are captured by an enemy race and end up finding happiness with them. I don't enjoy this book much because the two women are pretty uninspiring: Miranda starts out at a strong, confident women who knows what she wants and who has endured a tough childhood and come out the stronger for it--but then she is c ...more
This is the last installment of the Hollow Kingdom Series. The series began with the abduction of a young girl by a goblin King and she was taken to his underground kingdom. THe surprise to the reader is that this girl really is partially descended from elves. Elves are the preferred brides for goblin kings.

This book introduces the next generation of goblins with the new goblin king Catspaw. Miranda is a human girl who has been adopted by Marak, Catspaw's father and groomed to be the next wife
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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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The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Hollow Kingdom (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #1)
  • Close Kin (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy, #2)
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