The Serpent's Shadow
Okay, so, there's an egregious amount of dialect, and the handling of Hinduism is maaaaaaaaybe a step and a half above Temple of Doom, and the author is clearly v. proud of how she's handling issues of race in Edwardian England with a heroine whose mother was Indian, and while you're totally aware she's tanking it most of the time, you don't realize how much ...more
This is overall an entertaining book. It brings magic into this world in a subtle way, almost like Harry Potter except magic works differently in the Elemental Masters univer ...more
I enjoyed this novel but enjoyed two of the short stories in this series more. GRAY and GRAY'S GHOST have a feel of Kipling and Dickens about them which this novel lacks. Instead, it is a typical Mercedes Lackey fantasy, but set in London instead of some alien world or universe. Being a typical Mercedes Lackey fantasy is not a bad thing as she is a master of the genre. There is not a lot of action in this one. There are accounts of the trials of those campaigners for ...more
This is my favorite book from Mercedes Lackey's new series, Elemental Masters. Lackey has done a lovely job of creating interesting and reasonably realistic characters, and the world she has created is detailed and well-written. I love the multicultural flavor that this book has, as well as the wide diversity among the characters. Unlike many books which are based in this particular time period, the main characters of this story are all lower or middle class people - we only see the upper
The characters are charming enough and I do love Victorian settings. The pacing is a slow when compared to the ending, which is rushed. I like the idea of having a half Indian main character who can hold her own, which is what we get with Maya, but it also brings about the issues of Lackey's use of the ...more
I began this book with reluctance, feeling a little tired of fairy tale retellings. I know it's shocking, but even I can have too much of a good thing. However, in spite of my overdose, I was still impressed with Lackey's presentation of Snow White. Her representation was all I most appreciate in a good retelling. The st ...more
I just wish ML had been able to keep up the quality of the books she published after this one (or maybe after the first 4 or so?). Phoenix and Ashes was very good, as was Wizard. After that..... ...more
This book is a much better disguised fairy tale, as opposed to the blatant Beauty and the Beast tale of the first book. It seems to have had much greater care and dedication given to it.
She has clear tributes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, and Dorothy S ...more
I bring this up because the strongest impression this story made upon me was how it ...more
The main character, Maya Witherspoon, is a horrible person. She's shallow, thinks rude and ugly things about Amelia (the girl who is her "friend") an ...more
Also, that passage about how "exotic" she looked in a sari was unneces ...more
Review by Clarissa Hadge
Overall Rating = 4.5; Romance Rating = 4
The writing is great here, with plenty of historical points that are woven through the plot, such as Maya and her friend Amelia marching in a suffragette protest. Lackey does take some liberties with the story, but as it is set in a fantasy world, albeit based off of a real time period, the slight inconsistencies are not distractin ...more
Magic aside (because it *is* a fantasy novel), I can't stand the MC's 'tude. There's a fine line between characters in the past who are aware of their society's shortcomings (i.e. a good thing for fiction) vs those who consistently point out how enlightened they are/how backward their peers are solely for the benefit of showcasing their modern sensibilities (i.e. annoying mouthpieces).
And as for the magic. ...more
Peter Scott is sent by the other magicians of London to check out this newcomer and finds himself becoming a teacher to the powerful young ...more
Which, is, ya know, fine, to each their own. BUT. I've read the original, I've watched various film interpretations, and my favorite aspect of retellings is consuming a familiar story that has been completely re-imagined. And this novel ...more
The heroine of the book is Maya, a half-English, half-Indian doctor at a time when both were extremely rare. There are interesting interactions depicted by the author where Maya encounters discrimination on either or both counts, but it's done wit ...more
It turned out to be not so good as Black Swan, though very similar to it in its structure and the general human themes it dealt with.
I suppose such is most of Lackey's work in ...more
Can I mention a pet peeve? Does Lackey always use italics so heavily? Please stop telling me which words to emphasize as I read the dialogue.
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