Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian
“Covered in white cobwebs of a thousand snow spiders she lies in the darkness… Her skin is cold as snow… Her eyes frozen… Her gaze, fiercely alive…
While kings and emperors send expeditions to search for a suitable Bride for Death, armies of the undead wage an endless war… A black knight roams the forest at the command of his undead father … Spies and political treacheries abound at the imperial Silver Court…. Murdered lovers find themselves locked in the realm of the living…”
– excerpt from official book blurb
Well, hmm. I got good news for you, canaries. This blurb is complete nonsense. This isn’t a story about frozen ladies. There are no expeditions to search for a bride. No endless war with dead bodies. No murdered lovers. And, best of all, no ellipses. In fact, the only bit of blurb accuracy is the black knight with daddy issues.
Turns out, The Cobweb Bride is a high-style drama about what happens when Death goes on a strike, refusing to take up souls until his missing bride is found and brought to him. Until then, all dying stops. In a pitched battle, men are slain and rise again. In a sickbed in a small village, an old woman’s death rattle doesn’t end. In a palace, an assassin plunges a knife into his victim’s heart – and nothing happens. Continue reading