The Serpent and the Rose
A story built so heavily on generic fantasy conventions isn't necessarily the worst thing, but if a book piles on the tropes then its characters have to be compelling enough to distinguish them from every other "commoner knight" and "hidden heiress" around. Since this set of protagonists is every bit as well-wor ...more
I enjoyed the book enough to finish it, though it took some effort at the end. It felt like another plot-driven rather than character-driven story. Terrible things happen, but the charac ...more
'You have more than that,' Gaereint said, riding in her thoughts as he had ridden in her dreams. 'You have yourself.'"
'The Serpent and the Rose' is the first of a trilogy authored by Kathleen Bryan (although I think that is a pseudonym). It centers around a boy named Gereint and an heir to a duchy named Averil. It very much has a classic fantasy feel and e ...more
It isn't only their lives that are about to be changed - an evil in the land is trying to rai ...more
And Gereint, the male main character, was excellent. Very protective and very sweet...what's not to like?
I will definitely be reading the sequels.
I didn't dislike this book but I honestly do hate how little happen in it. I don't want to be completely rude but for an honest review, this book could be trimmed down to 50 pages or less. Much of the book is spent on "what if" from the heroine. What she should be doing. What she wants to do. What she hesistates to do. What she promises to do. What she doesn't want to do. What she thinks she will do. What she bla bla bla and fucking more bla.
I stuck with this book and hoped the ending will give so
The problem is that the characters fall incredibly ...more
I'm kinda turned off by faux-Medieval alternate-historical-Earth fantasy just because that stuff never really interested me like ever. I mean, yeah, okay, I went through that whole King Arthur and the Knights of the yada yada, but I got over it quick. Thankfully, The Serpent and the Rose is tweaked enough that it's wistfully familiar, not over-bearingly so. Good!
So, it's pretty entertaining, a little bit skimpy on connecting the plot-dots with solid ...more
The mythology of the book combines Christianity with magic, which was a little weird to me.
The author jumps right into the story, and the mythology isn't explained until later, so I felt a little like I had been just ...more
Kathleen Bryan is a pseudonym for Judith Tarr, so I was expecting something more.
Combine that with a curious and beautiful magic system, a determined heroine and a bitter, destructive king and you have a very enjoyable fantasy story.