Cobweb Bride by Vera Nazarian
What if you killed someone and then fell in love with them?
Another fantastic gem of a story. This is a mixture of fantasy, history and romance. Death needs to find his Cobweb Bride and announces to the world that he will take no more souls until she is found. Chaos ensues in the world as the mortally wounded and terminally ill continue existing despite horrific wounds or illnesses.
Many young woman set off to present themselves to Death to Death to be his Cobweb Bride so that all of the suffering souls may pass on, including Percy, a common village girl.
The words in this story are beautifully descriptive and lyrical. I don’t normally like reading stories like this, but I couldn’t put this down. You get drawn into the richness of the world and the story of Percy, Beltain (whose dead father decides he is happy to remain dead and therefore immortal), the Infanta Claere (daughter of the Emperor) and many others, all directly affected by the withdrawal of Death from their world.
It’s the first of the Cobweb Bride trilogy. I just picked up the other two in the series. You should definitely read this book.
COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death’s ultimatum to the world.
In an alternate Renaissance world, somewhere in an imaginary “pocket” of Europe called the Kingdom of Lethe, Death comes, in the form of a grim Spaniard, to claim his Bride. Until she is found, in a single time-stopping moment all dying stops. There is no relief for the mortally wounded and the terminally ill….
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…
And one small village girl, Percy–an unwanted, ungainly middle daughter–is faced with the responsibility of granting her dying grandmother the desperate release she needs.
As a result, Percy joins the crowds of other young women of the land in a desperate quest to Death’s own mysterious holding in the deepest forests of the North…
And everyone is trying to stop her.