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Reviewed Vera Nazarian’s “Cobweb Bride” at SBR

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Folks, I’m still — still! — dealing with The Sinus Infection from Hell (TM), which is why I wasn’t able to write an immediate blog about my recent book review for Vera Nazarian’s COBWEB BRIDE over at Shiny Book Review (SBR).  COBWEB BRIDE is an excellent book about what happens when Death decides not to take anyone’s life until he gets his “Cobweb Bride” — all aspects of this premise are explored, including the darker ones.  I gave COBWEB BRIDE an A and believe it’s perfect for lovers of dark fantasy with a bit of romance.  But anyone who loves interesting, original books containing aspects of horror, romance, fairy tales, dark fantasy and historical fantasy should enjoy it.

Now, there are a few things to keep in mind before you pick up COBWEB BRIDE.  As I said in my review, there are some really horrific things that Ms. Nazarian writes about — to my mind, the squealing of a pig after it’s been butchered but cannot due was among the most plaintive and heart-rending — and they will disturb you unless you have a heart of stone.  (Then again, they’re supposed to disturb you.  Trust me on this. )

The main reason to read COBWEB BRIDE, though, is because the most admirable characters — Percy, the Infanta Claere, and even Vlau — are admirable not only because of what they do (in Vlau’s case, in some ways it’s in spite of what he does), but because they keep on doing it no matter how difficult things are all around them.

Writing about that sort of persistence and making it work makes COBWEB BRIDE well worth the price of admission.

So please.  Go read my review.  Then go take a gander at the book . . . it’s available in e-book and trade paperback . . . and see if you don’t agree with me.

Written by Barb Caffrey

December 9, 2013 at 11:38 am

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