Cobweb Bride is an outstanding story that will appeal to fans of Patricia A. Mckillip. A fairytale setting in a Renaissance world and the retelling of the Persephone myth, Death falling in love, a group of girls trying to survive, a Black Knight, a potential love, between a girl that has been killed, and the man that killed her… I should have loved this book!
The first chapter had me intrigued, and very much so. A bloody battle on a frozen lake and no one can die? Awesome! And right from the start you just have to notice Nazarian’s writing style: She writes brilliant and lush almost poetic. It is one of the most beautifully written stories I have ever read. But the writing is sure stronger than her storytelling. Because wherever the plot was, it was buried under mountainous pages of this wonderful prose.
In general, the characters were well written and engaging. There were some interesting distinctions drawn between those characters still alive and those trapped between life and death.
I think I would have rather liked it being a stand-alone instead of a planned trilogy. I struggled to get to grips with some aspects of the novel. But I think this book and the sequal are a perfect read for the upcoming Christmas Holidays.