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Cobweb Bride

(Cobweb Bride Trilogy #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  2,040 ratings  ·  350 reviews
Many are called...
She alone can save the world and become Death's bride.

Cobweb Bride is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.

What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?

In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary "pocket" of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe,
Kindle Edition, 342 pages
Published December 17th 2017 by Norilana Books (first published March 8th 2013)
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Digital copy received from the author.

Death has stopped to collect the souls of the dying. He is searching for his Cobweb Bride and until She is found Death will no longer take souls into his Kingdom, granting life immortality. The story follows plain Percy, the sickly Infanta Claire, Knights and peasant girls who in various ways and wishes seeks out Death.

The story takes place in a parallel version of Renaissance Europe, in a kingdom made up by the author that borders to France and Spain and
Apr 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
On the surface, Cobweb Bride has everything I should love in a book. A fairytale-esque setting, the focus on ladies being awesome, Death in love with a bride. I should have loved this book.

Unfortunately I didn’t. That’s not to say that it’s a bad book, because it’s not, but it could have been so much better than what it was. The first half is mostly all set up for the second half, and while that’s not usually a bad thing, the set up was meandering. There’s a lot of walking around, POV switches
Tess Burton
DNF at p.93

I actually just slammed the hard cover shut and announced (to an empty room) "nope, not doing this".

I'm sorry, Vera Nazarian, I tried.

I get that there are certain people out there who adore reading novels of a poetry-eque nature, where the words flow off the pages as if played on an ocarina by a flipping fairy. But egads, I am not one of those people.

I was excited for this book, I really was. The cover leaves a lot to be desired (a course in Photoshop being the first thing that
Isa Lavinia
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Patricia A. McKillip
Cobweb Bride ARC provided by netgalley.

“Bring to me my Cobweb Bride. Bring her to the gates of Death’s Keep that stands in the Northern Forest. Only then will I grant relief and resume taking your kind unto me. Until then, none shall die.”

"What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?"

As soon as you start reading, you know this book will be amazing.The use of language is delightful: Death's first appearance, coalescing into form out of smoke, darkness, and garlands of ice
Rebecca McNutt
Oct 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance, fiction
Cobweb Bride was better than I expected, although I honesty didn't find it to be a very memorable sort of story.
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Patricia Mckillip works and of Juliet Marillier "Heart's Blood"
Recommended to Susana by: Isa Lavinia
Originally posted at PaperbackWonderland

He came to them in the heart of winter, asking for his Cobweb Bride.
He arrived everywhere, all at once. In one singular moment, he was seen, heard, felt, remembered. Some inhaled his decaying scent. Others bitterly tasted him.
And everyone recognized Death in one way or another, just before the world was suspended.

Told in a magical prose, Cobweb Bride is an magnificent tale that will appeal to fans of Patricia A. Mckillip works as well as Juliet Marillier
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those who enjoy the journey, and quiet introspection
Recommended to Katy by: Vera
Shelves: net-galley, ebook
Book Info: Genre: Pseudo-historical Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Those who enjoy the journey, the process rather than action
Book Available: July 15 in Paperback and Hardcover editions (Kindle format has been available since June 22)
Trigger Warnings: violence, fighting, murder, assassination, treachery

My Thoughts: The story is couched in somewhat flowery language, matching the pseudo historical, Renaissance setting. This is something that has always impressed me about Vera
♥ Unaeve ♥
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is one of those books you wish you could give more then one grade...
For the first 60% i would give maybe 3 stars ,maybe even less as i was quite annoyed with how slow everything develops,there was not even a hint of love and i almost thought this leads no where.
O yes there was a lot of blood ,severed limps,people horribly mutilated (view spoiler)
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I DNFed this book. I have tried immensely to get into it. I thought the summary was absorbing, interesting, but I could not immersed into it. It has taken me this long to provide feedback on the book simply because I have forced myself to read it since I requested this book, and it has become a chore, and I have no desire to finish it.

That is not to say that this is a bad book. The writing is beautiful, and to me, it evokes Walter Scott's Ivanhoe. However beautiful the writing was, the plot
What if Death stopped collecting the mortally wounded, the aged whose time has come, the sick, anyone or anything intended to die? Think about it, death ceases to happen, period. Now, travel back in time to the era of knights and feudal lords, peasants and kings. Make it an alternate reality, in an imaginary place in Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, and you have the makings of an epic fantasy rich in detail that will take you along on its journey. Death is looking for the one soul that has ...more
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy fans
Shelves: fantasy
Enchanting take on the Persephone myth with a bit of Snow Maiden legend thrown in. Bit slow to start--not a bad thing as the author was setting up the story and introducing the main characters. Death has halted the death of all creatures, animal, human, and vegetable, until he receives his Cobweb Bride. Set in a late medieval/Renaissance world with a bit of 18th century, there are three subplots: presentation to Death of girls led by Persephone, the middle daughter of a peasant family; a Crown ...more
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-favorites
I have to start out by saying that I don't really like romantic crap and I admit that I didn't read the full write-up (or any of the reviews, no matter how much I love to read what Katy Sozaeva has to say) for fear of people giving away too much or me having a preconceived notion - but I loved this book. Everything about it. The idea behind it, the descriptions, the characters, the setting - the whole voyage to find Death. Loved it. Percy was awesome and I am very interested in finding out where ...more
Jason Bradley
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well written fantasy! I will be reading the next in the series.
Digital copy received from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Originally posted at: http://www.reading-is-dreaming-with-o...

I had a really hard time with Cobweb Bride, for starters I fell in love with the blurb completely, and I was so exciting to review this book. Then I started to read it, and it wasn’t what I’d been looking for… well it was kind of boring and the worst part was I had to pay attention very carefully to understand and follow what is happening (maybe this was a
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Lovers of fantasy
A copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review and as part of the Fiction Addiction blog tour. No compensation was given or taken to alter this review.

Cobweb Bride is one of the best fantasy books I've read all year. Yeah, you read that right. I knew from the second I read the blurb and saw the cover that I had to read this book. It just sounded so unique. I keep coming back to that word when reflecting upon the story. Unique.

Like many hugely
Margaret Fisk
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

This novel is the first in an epic series, but unlike most epics, it is not about knights in shining armor (though there are knights), or kings, queens, and nobility (though those are present as well) but rather it is the tale of an overlooked, homely peasant girl who finds her place in the bigger scheme of things.

The Cobweb Bride starts, like many of the great tales, with an Event (capital E required). The beginning may feel slow to those of us used to
Carole O'Brien
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an exceptional fantasy book. I have just finished it and am now starting with the second in the series, If i could give it more than 5 stars I would.

Basically Death has stopped allowing people to pass to the other side, so they are neither dead nor alive, the Emperor asks all Maidens to go to Deaths Keep as he wants to find a cobweb bride, that is all I will say as I do not want to give any more away.
Lily at Bookluvrs Haven
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley

This story was AWESOME in soooo many ways.

But the weird part is, as much as I wanted to read this initially, it took me FOREVER to finally start reading it. As in... months. Why did it take me so damn long to pick this up??

In what feels like ages ago, I read the description for this novel. Not even sure how I came across it, to be honest with you. I was certainly very intrigued. Death wants a wife, and until he gets one, nothing can die (regardless of their current physical state – ya…
Jun 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cobweb Bride with theme about Death looking for a bride and the fact that main heroine is called Persephone fooled me into thinking it will be a retelling of a famous greek myth about Persephone and Hades. But Vera Nazarian didn't do this, instead she created a different and completely unique story.

Set in an imaginary European country, Cobweb Bride takes place during Renaissance, one of my favorite historical periods. There will be glittering courts and their intrigues, intricate wigs and
Shannon L. Gonzalez
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cobweb Bride

A breathless perspective on the undead.

It was a unique read to have the reaper, or under god , or Death with a capital D, suspend taking souls to the other world. His request was simply that it will not resume until his Cobweb Bride is brought to him. The consequences of this is far reaching. The very balance of the cycle of life is disturbed. Imagine if there were no death at all. Nothing would decompose, plants, animals, humans, any organic material that relies on a finality would
Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don’t often read fantasy books, but this one had such a promising premise that I had to pick it up. And I really wasn’t disappointed.
This was a lovely first part to a trilogy which promises to have an epic span. We are introduced to a large group of characters, but, unlike other fantasy books, it is not difficult to keep them straight. They are written so vividly and introduced so carefully, that it is easy to cement them in our minds without problem. Percy, short for Persephone, is the
Wanda Hartzenberg
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for review.

Now, at the start, for most of the first 17% of this book I wanted to give up on the read.
It is slow in starting, it drags on a bit and the story line in total -- even though I adore fantasy -- did not appeal to me.
However. Once the self sacrifice part of the story kicks in, I got to be more interested and even though I still cannot say that the story as such appeal to me, I can say that the writing is amazing.
I am serious. This is a
Intisar Khanani
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Rating: 4.5 stars

The language in this novel is worth the read alone. I did find the profusion of names a little challenging (especially when characters you don't ever see again are introduced at length before being dropped--the opening scenes at the Silver Court nearly killed me before I managed to latch on to who I needed to pay attention to). But this is a complex and well-developed story, an incredible world and a fascinating and well-considered premise. I would have liked to develop slightly
Jenny Schwartzberg
Apr 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this as an eARC from NetGalley. It is beautifully written with lyrical language and believable characters. Set in an alternate-Renaissance land, where Death is a god who announces to a local ruler that he needs a bride. Since no one will die until his cobweb bride is found, desperation makes the ruler decree that all the maidens of the realm must journey to seek Death in the north where he may be found. The narrator is one of these maidens, a peasant, and other characters are all levels ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mythology
This book is about an alternative Renaissance style world in Europe. Death comes to claim his bride and stops everyone from dying until she is found. While that might seem very nice on the surface the terminally ill and mortally wounded are suffering, just because you can’t die doesn’t mean you still don’t feel pain.

Overall I thought this to be an interesting storyline however I did feel like parts of the book dragged on and there was a little too much explanation taking me out of the story.
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Although not what I was expecting, Cobweb Bride was a lovely story with the feel of an old fashioned classic. While this was not a fast paced book, it was entertaining enough to hold my attention and creative enough to keep me curious about the ending. The first third of the book was not an easy read, however, the author then settles into a comfortable cadence and it was much easier to move through. If when starting this book you become discouraged by the thickness of the dialog, just have ...more
Bill Strangely
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Completely entranced by the Cobweb Bride trilogy. A compelling and excellently-written slow spiral of a story that begins with Death putting a stop to death until his Cobweb Bride comes to him, and then trickles through folk tales and wars and the best and worst of people glimmering in fragments to the surface as the world slowly crumbles into disrepair and the Cobweb Brides struggle through bitter winter, searching for the keep of their husband, Death.

It make me think of Charlie Holmberg - not
Tanja Glavnik
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What did I just read?


Can I have book 2 now? This was emotional, amazing, thought-provoking. Man has always feared and hated death - but what if Death stops? What happens then?

This was slightly macabre and absolutely stunning.
Monica Bready
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very different

Different, interesting, and a fairly quick read. I am very interested to see where the next book takes us, and what happens to the Princess.
Miranda Mccabe
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really interesting idea about how the world would go on if people were no longer able to die.
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Vera Nazarian is a two-time Nebula Award Finalist, award-winning artist, and member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, a writer with a penchant for moral fables and stories of intense wonder, true love, and intricacy.

She immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and

Other books in the series

Cobweb Bride Trilogy (3 books)
  • Cobweb Empire (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, #2)
  • Cobweb Forest (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, #3)
“Since the dawn of existence, you mortals have feared dying, feared the unknown and the pain of it, and yet, pain is a part of life, not death. And I—I am the first moment after pain ceases,” he [Death] pronounced. “It is life that fights and struggles and rages; life, that tears at you in its last agonizing throes to hold on, even if but for one futile instant longer... Whereas I, I come softly when it is all done. Pain and death are an ordered sequence, not a parallel pair. So easy to confuse the correlations, not realizing that one does not bring the other.” 19 likes
“It is life that fights and struggles and rages; life, that tears at you in its last agonizing throes to hold on, even if but for one futile instant longer. . . . Whereas I, I come softly when it is all done. Pain and death are an ordered sequence, not a parallel pair. So easy to confuse the correlations, not realizing that one does not bring the other.” 3 likes
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