The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain #1)
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 Serpen...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more