The Serpent's Shadow

The Serpent's Shadow

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The first novel in Mercedes Lackey's magical Elemental Masters series reimagines the fairy tale Snow White in a richly-detailed alternate Edwardian England

Maya Witherspoon lived most of the first twenty-five years of her life in her native India. As the daughter of a prominent British physician and a Brahmin woman of the highest caste, she graduated from the University of Delhi as a Doctor of Medicine by the age of twenty-two.

But the science of medicine was not Maya's only heritage. For Maya's aristocratic mother Surya was a sorceress--a former priestess of the mystical magics fueled by the powerful and fearsome pantheon of Indian gods.

Though Maya felt the stirring of magic in her blood, her mother had repeatedly refused to train her. "I cannot," she had said, her eyes dark with distress, whenever Maya asked. "Yours is the magic of your father's blood, not mine...." Surya never had the chance to explain this enigmatic statement to her daughter before a mysterious illness claimed her life.

Yet it was Maya's father's death shortly thereafter that confirmed her darkest suspicions. For her father was killed by the bite of a krait, a tiny venomous snake, and in the last hours of her mother's life, Surya had warned Maya to beware "the serpent's shadow." Maya knew she must flee the land of her birth or face the same fate as her parents.

In self-imposed exile in Edwardian London, Maya knew that she could not hide forever from the vindictive power that had murdered her parents. She knew in her heart that even a vast ocean couldn't protect her from "the serpent's shadow" that had so terrified her mother. Her only hope was to find a way to master her own magic: the magic of her father's blood. But who would teach her? And could she learn enough to save her life by the time her relentless pursuers caught up with their prey?
Publisher: New York : Daw Books, c2001
ISBN: 9780756400613
0756400619
9780886779153
0886779154
Branch Call Number: LACK
Characteristics: 343 p

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Jul 17, 2014

An okay romance adventure. Nothing special.

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

A female doctor in 19th century London who has healing magic. This is one of my favorites of Lackey

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BarbaraA
Jun 17, 2012

This is the first book in a series that I will definitely keep reading! I've only recently discovered Lackey and I'm a fan. This is a retelling of Sleeping Beauty so, even though you know how it turns out, she manages to keep the story innovative and fresh!

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bookKITTY thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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