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I slangens vold (The Hollow Kingdom Trilogy #3)

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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
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Paperback, 263 pages
Published 2006 by Sesam (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
Willow
Dec 15, 2013 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
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Kathleen
Feb 16, 2013 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
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Angie
Dec 16, 2008 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
jesse
Dec 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partly-read, reviews
1.5/5

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
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Kirsten
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
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Danielle
Jan 19, 2008 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) :)
Michelle
Jan 20, 2009 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
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Becca
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Katie
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
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Shali
Okay, so, 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 from birth to become the next King's Wife. Marak is her father figure, and the only person in her life who seemed to truly care about her. But when Marak dies shortly after Miranda is introduced to goblin society, her world begins its crashing descent around her ears.
Catspaw, her fia
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Kate
Jan 04, 2011 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
Syd Dickson
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Maud
Jul 30, 2014 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
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Tammy
Mar 02, 2009 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
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Jane
Aug 26, 2016 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
Ashley
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Amy S
Aug 10, 2013 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 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.
Maleen
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Besides the fact that I wanted to slap almost everyone in this book at some point, I really enjoyed it. There was just a bit too much of the all-the-characters-misunderstand-each-other-so-they-do-the-totally-wrong-thing-because-they-think-it's-right kind of scenario. I still enjoyed the characters and the ending was just my style. (Who doesn't like a happy ending?) Goblins, Elves, and Humans...we should be able to get along, one would think. Out of the three books, this was probably my second fa ...more
Amy
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've really enjoyed this series. This last book had a very sad beginning and a middle full of struggles but by the ending I was just loving how the story resolved some of the main issues of the series.
Some violence, no sex, no swearing,
Emily
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked the story well enough, but, my gosh, that Nir is an idiot. I agree with the goblins about how stupid the elves are. Then he dragged Miranda into it, and she changed from a strong young woman to a simpering useless mess.
I have to like the characters to like a book.
Mo
Jul 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.
Sabra Jones
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this was such a fun, sweet read!!!!!!!!!!
Melaniemouse
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounding up, because I really did enjoy this series, even if it as all kind of like glorified Stockholm Syndrome, haha.
griva
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
review tbd
Elizabeth
Mar 20, 2017 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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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☆Eiko
Dec 19, 2011 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
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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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