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The Serpent's Shadow ❴BOOKS❵ ✭ The Serpent's Shadow Author Mercedes Lackey – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk Mercedes Lackey returns to form in The Serpent's Shadow the fourth in her seuence of reimagined fairy tales This story takes place in the London of 1909 and is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Mercedes Lackey returns to form in The Serpent's Shadow the fourth in her seuence of reimagined fairy tales This story takes place in the London of and is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Lackey creates echoes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pays affectionate homage to Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey who plays an important role under a thin disguise and turns the dwarves into seven animal avatars who masuerade as pets of her Eurasian heroine Maya Some of Maya's challenges come from the fact that she is not snow white and The Serpent's Kindle - she has fled India for her father's English homeland after the suspicious deaths of her parents Establishing her household in London she returns to her profession as a physician working among the poor Her pets and loyal servants stand guard and Maya herself uses what bits of magic she managed to pick up in childhood to weave otherworldly defenses as well But the implacable enemy who killed her parents has come to London to search for her; if Maya can be enslaved her enormous potential powers can be used to the enemy's ends Fortunately English magicians of the White Lodge have also noted a new powerful presence in their midst though they're having trouble locating her too They send Peter Scott a Water Master to track her down He finds Maya beautiful and benign and is determined to teach her to use the Western magic she is heir to before her enemy discovers her Some will find the author's Kiplingesue descriptions of India and Hindustani culture offensive Lackey describes Maya's enemy as a powerful devotee of the goddess Kali Durga though she carefully shows that the avatars of the other deities will not attack her and has Kali Durga repudiate her servant in the climactic confrontation And though the story is layered its surface is as glossy and brightly colored as an action comic But readers who enjoy late Victorian London Sayers Sherlock Holmes stories and a page turning tale will want to take this one home Nona Vero.


10 thoughts on “The Serpent's Shadow

  1. notyourmonkey notyourmonkey says:

    Goddammit If I end up reading this entire freaking series just because of the Wimsey homage character I swear I willnot be surprised 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 she's tanking it until you read the passage about suffragettes which is actually pretty decent and oh my god are we not even going to vaguely address the fact that the villain might you know have some legitimate grievances against the British in India even if she is batshit crazy? No? Not really? Oh Okay then The romance is a little half hearted and the fairy tale pastiche doesn't work nearly as well for me as The Fire Rose did which is a guilty pleasure re read of mine and even the magic isn't all that magic y for me but DID YOU SEE THAT THERE'S A NOT TERRIBLE WIMSEY HOMAGE? Because there is And he's not terrible And I'm going to end up reading the entire damn series just to watch him swan onstage every couple of chapters say something pithy solve someone's problems then swan back off Hey I recognize my weaknesses


  2. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    While this is touted as the first book in the Elemental Masters series the real first book in this series is the 'Fire Rose' so if you are going to read this book you definitely want to check out the other one You can read that book before or after this one it doesn't matter as the two are not too closely tied togetherThis 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 universe that Lackey has created It's also a fun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves but be forewarned the author took great liberties with the original story so some things will be uite different than what you might think for a retelling of the classic tale I like that the character of Maya is not some simpering princess but a competent and able physician who digs out a place for herself and also finds the time to help poor people Overall a decent and likeable character though the 'Prince Charming' bit in this book is a bit obvious Still overall a good book


  3. Ariel Ariel says:

    Editre read because I am trash and can't stopwon't stop re reading OLD SHIT WHEN I NEED TO READ MY NEW SHIT #hoestahp #whatareyoudoing #sorrynotsorryI just love this series It's so trashy and fun It's seriously one of those books that you really should not take as a great example of literary writing but a great example of having fun while reading Don't judge the a holes that are like dis is poopy No no it's not It's Snow White with a half Indian female doctor trying to practice in Victorian England while concealing her Earth magic from the evil that followed her from India And her seven dwarves are fabulous creatures that are so importantLOVE IT


  4. Bookwormdragon Bookwormdragon says:

    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 thi


  5. Ivy Ivy says:

    I'm not going to lie this book was pretty mediocre I liked the premise the setting and the build up but it fell apart at the end with a rushed climax which seems to be Mercedes Lackey's styleThe 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 Indian culture and religion to her own devices This would not be so bad if it wasn't so random of an element for a character that claims she is Christian When reading it without much thought it reads easily and uickly as a cheesy little story to pass the time The book does try to intone moral values that seems to be another of Lackey's writing uirks as they are not done with a deft touch but instead hammered into your head where it becomes a slight bit overbearing The magic system is simple at first glance but delves deeper and it's the thing that makes me come back to reading the series as well as my own like for fairytale retellings


  6. Charles van Buren Charles van Buren says:

    The London fog becomes deadlyI enjoyed this novel but enjoyed two of the short stories in this series 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 women's suffrage and women's rights in general; the difficulties and prejudice faced by female physicians; surgery and the use of magic for healing; the hard unpleasant lives of London's poor; romance; a society of elemental masters masuerading as a London gentlemen's club; selkies and other magical creatures and of course villains and heroes There are a couple of things which don't seem uite right such as Maya who is trying to hide from a deadly enemy taking a very public role in a womens' suffrage march Then in the end the deadly enemy who threatens Maya the elemental masters and the British Empire proves to be somewhat less deadly and powerful than billed Not Lackey's best but still good this is probably 3 stars compared to her other work but 4 stars compared to fantasy writing as a whole


  7. Libby Ames Libby Ames says:

    For entertainment and clever rendering of a fairy tale The Serpent's Shadow deserves four stars The writing is not profound or life changing but an excellent means for escapeI 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 story was set in an accurately presented Edwardian England minus all the magic and other fantastical details Also elements of the fairy tale were recognizable but cleverly blended into new surroundings For example the traditional seven dwarfs were replaced by seven domesticated Indian animals serving both as pets and Indian gods in turn A clever twist is always greatly appreciatedSo other than my guilt over the amount of fluff I've been reading I really enjoyed this one In my defense it wasn't entirely fluff It inspired me to check out a book about Hinduism and the gods of India so some education is taking place


  8. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    I really like this book; it's so much better than the ones which follow it in this series Maya is a great character the pets are wonderful Hanuman the langur monkey; Rhadi the wise parrot; and the other birds saker falcon peacock eagle owl and of course the mongoosesI just wish ML had been able to keep up the uality 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


  9. Matthew Matthew says:

    I read this before The Fire Rose thinking it was the first book in the series Now that book has me pissed off at Mercedes Lackey and not in a mood to be charitable even though I found this book to be much better than The Fire RoseThis 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 itShe has clear tributes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Rudyard Kipling and Dorothy Sayers and she treats all the worlds including that of Snow White with some respect Perhaps respect than she grants to reality and IndiaThe strong female is somewhat superior here than the The Fire Rose time is spent developing her character and she has a greater role in a different society The magic system is somewhat inconsistent to that in The Fire Rose allowing greater cooperation between Magicians but still not really developed She is a doctor and a suffragette She makes attempts to take care of herself and has her own power and role She does rely on her friends to take care of her but at least she has friends and a life outside her man unlike RoseThis was a perfectly servicable book easy to read and enjoyable but it shares much of the superficiality and condescension of The Fire Rose and can't really be called a good book


  10. Tanvi Tanvi says:

    A very solid 3 stars This book was a lot of fun to read Even though Maya was a type A character I warmed to her by the end and it is always great to have a biracial or non Caucasian heroine particularly in these older books Lackey’s descriptions are lovely particularly of Maya’s homeAt the beginning there were a fair few ‘stereotypical’ references to Indian objects and it was a bit of a leisurely start but when Peter Scott came in was when the narrative picked up The elemental magic system was great and the water creatures were well described I really didn’t appreciate not only one Hindu god but seven being used as aids to help the half Caucasian heroine and her Caucasian allies Why couldn’t the animals just have been magical since magic exists in this world? It was absolutely unnecessary and threw me right out of the narrativeWhy was it necessary to bring in Kali? It’s so hamfisted I absolutely rolled my eyes at Shivani as a villain Her internal dialogue and the time she took to find Maya made her uite ineffective And why have a serpent why not as Maya suggests send plague rolling through the army?Overall I enjoyed this book with the above caveats


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10 thoughts on “The Serpent's Shadow

  1. notyourmonkey notyourmonkey says:

    Goddammit If I end up reading this entire freaking series just because of the Wimsey homage character I swear I willnot be surprised 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 she's tanking it until you read the passage about suffragettes which is actually pretty decent and oh my god are we not even going to vaguely address the fact that the villain might you know have some legitimate grievances against the British in India even if she is batshit crazy? No? Not really? Oh Okay then The romance is a little half hearted and the fairy tale pastiche doesn't work nearly as well for me as The Fire Rose did which is a guilty pleasure re read of mine and even the magic isn't all that magic y for me but DID YOU SEE THAT THERE'S A NOT TERRIBLE WIMSEY HOMAGE? Because there is And he's not terrible And I'm going to end up reading the entire damn series just to watch him swan onstage every couple of chapters say something pithy solve someone's problems then swan back off Hey I recognize my weaknesses

  2. M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews says:

    While this is touted as the first book in the Elemental Masters series the real first book in this series is the 'Fire Rose' so if you are going to read this book you definitely want to check out the other one You can read that book before or after this one it doesn't matter as the two are not too closely tied togetherThis 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 universe that Lackey has created It's also a fun retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves but be forewarned the author took great liberties with the original story so some things will be uite different than what you might think for a retelling of the classic tale I like that the character of Maya is not some simpering princess but a competent and able physician who digs out a place for herself and also finds the time to help poor people Overall a decent and likeable character though the 'Prince Charming' bit in this book is a bit obvious Still overall a good book

  3. Ariel Ariel says:

    Editre read because I am trash and can't stopwon't stop re reading OLD SHIT WHEN I NEED TO READ MY NEW SHIT #hoestahp #whatareyoudoing #sorrynotsorryI just love this series It's so trashy and fun It's seriously one of those books that you really should not take as a great example of literary writing but a great example of having fun while reading Don't judge the a holes that are like dis is poopy No no it's not It's Snow White with a half Indian female doctor trying to practice in Victorian England while concealing her Earth magic from the evil that followed her from India And her seven dwarves are fabulous creatures that are so importantLOVE IT

  4. Bookwormdragon Bookwormdragon says:

    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 thi

  5. Ivy Ivy says:

    I'm not going to lie this book was pretty mediocre I liked the premise the setting and the build up but it fell apart at the end with a rushed climax which seems to be Mercedes Lackey's styleThe 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 Indian culture and religion to her own devices This would not be so bad if it wasn't so random of an element for a character that claims she is Christian When reading it without much thought it reads easily and uickly as a cheesy little story to pass the time The book does try to intone moral values that seems to be another of Lackey's writing uirks as they are not done with a deft touch but instead hammered into your head where it becomes a slight bit overbearing The magic system is simple at first glance but delves deeper and it's the thing that makes me come back to reading the series as well as my own like for fairytale retellings

  6. Charles van Buren Charles van Buren says:

    The London fog becomes deadlyI enjoyed this novel but enjoyed two of the short stories in this series 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 women's suffrage and women's rights in general; the difficulties and prejudice faced by female physicians; surgery and the use of magic for healing; the hard unpleasant lives of London's poor; romance; a society of elemental masters masuerading as a London gentlemen's club; selkies and other magical creatures and of course villains and heroes There are a couple of things which don't seem uite right such as Maya who is trying to hide from a deadly enemy taking a very public role in a womens' suffrage march Then in the end the deadly enemy who threatens Maya the elemental masters and the British Empire proves to be somewhat less deadly and powerful than billed Not Lackey's best but still good this is probably 3 stars compared to her other work but 4 stars compared to fantasy writing as a whole

  7. Libby Ames Libby Ames says:

    For entertainment and clever rendering of a fairy tale The Serpent's Shadow deserves four stars The writing is not profound or life changing but an excellent means for escapeI 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 story was set in an accurately presented Edwardian England minus all the magic and other fantastical details Also elements of the fairy tale were recognizable but cleverly blended into new surroundings For example the traditional seven dwarfs were replaced by seven domesticated Indian animals serving both as pets and Indian gods in turn A clever twist is always greatly appreciatedSo other than my guilt over the amount of fluff I've been reading I really enjoyed this one In my defense it wasn't entirely fluff It inspired me to check out a book about Hinduism and the gods of India so some education is taking place

  8. CatBookMom CatBookMom says:

    I really like this book; it's so much better than the ones which follow it in this series Maya is a great character the pets are wonderful Hanuman the langur monkey; Rhadi the wise parrot; and the other birds saker falcon peacock eagle owl and of course the mongoosesI just wish ML had been able to keep up the uality 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

  9. Matthew Matthew says:

    I read this before The Fire Rose thinking it was the first book in the series Now that book has me pissed off at Mercedes Lackey and not in a mood to be charitable even though I found this book to be much better than The Fire RoseThis 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 itShe has clear tributes to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Rudyard Kipling and Dorothy Sayers and she treats all the worlds including that of Snow White with some respect Perhaps respect than she grants to reality and IndiaThe strong female is somewhat superior here than the The Fire Rose time is spent developing her character and she has a greater role in a different society The magic system is somewhat inconsistent to that in The Fire Rose allowing greater cooperation between Magicians but still not really developed She is a doctor and a suffragette She makes attempts to take care of herself and has her own power and role She does rely on her friends to take care of her but at least she has friends and a life outside her man unlike RoseThis was a perfectly servicable book easy to read and enjoyable but it shares much of the superficiality and condescension of The Fire Rose and can't really be called a good book

  10. Tanvi Tanvi says:

    A very solid 3 stars This book was a lot of fun to read Even though Maya was a type A character I warmed to her by the end and it is always great to have a biracial or non Caucasian heroine particularly in these older books Lackey’s descriptions are lovely particularly of Maya’s homeAt the beginning there were a fair few ‘stereotypical’ references to Indian objects and it was a bit of a leisurely start but when Peter Scott came in was when the narrative picked up The elemental magic system was great and the water creatures were well described I really didn’t appreciate not only one Hindu god but seven being used as aids to help the half Caucasian heroine and her Caucasian allies Why couldn’t the animals just have been magical since magic exists in this world? It was absolutely unnecessary and threw me right out of the narrativeWhy was it necessary to bring in Kali? It’s so hamfisted I absolutely rolled my eyes at Shivani as a villain Her internal dialogue and the time she took to find Maya made her uite ineffective And why have a serpent why not as Maya suggests send plague rolling through the army?Overall I enjoyed this book with the above caveats

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