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Vera Nazarian

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Includes the names: Vera Nazarian, Vera Nazarean

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Works by Vera Nazarian

Qualify (2014) 323 copies
Cobweb Bride (2013) 317 copies
Dreams of the Compass Rose (2002) 126 copies
Lords of Rainbow (2003) 121 copies
Mansfield Park and Mummies (2009) 92 copies
Compete (2015) 74 copies
The Duke in His Castle (2008) 50 copies
Win (2017) 43 copies
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret (2012) — Illustrator — 41 copies
Salt of the Air (1900) 38 copies
Cobweb Empire (2013) 35 copies
Cobweb Forest (2013) 26 copies

Associated Works

Sword and Sorceress II (1985) — Contributor — 476 copies
Red Sun of Darkover (1987) — Contributor — 415 copies
Four Moons of Darkover (1987) — Contributor — 388 copies
Leroni of Darkover (1991) — Contributor — 363 copies
Sword and Sorceress X (1993) — Contributor — 356 copies
Renunciates of Darkover (1991) — Contributor — 320 copies
Sword and Sorceress VII (1990) — Contributor — 315 copies
Sword and Sorceress XVI (1999) — Contributor — 311 copies
Sword and Sorceress VIII (1991) — Contributor — 304 copies
Sword and Sorceress XV (1998) — Contributor — 302 copies
Sword and Sorceress XVII (2000) — Contributor — 302 copies
Sword and Sorceress VI (1990) — Contributor — 302 copies
Sword and Sorceress XII (1995) — Contributor — 301 copies
Heroes in Training (2007) — Contributor — 62 copies
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) — Contributor — 41 copies
A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger's Guide (2010) — Contributor — 36 copies
Best New Romantic Fantasy 2 (2007) — Contributor — 35 copies
Music of Darkover (2013) — Contributor — 23 copies
Stars of Darkover (2014) — Contributor — 22 copies
Sages & Swords: Heroic Fantasy Anthology (2006) — Contributor — 20 copies
I signori di Darkover (1993) — Contributor — 12 copies
Jabberwocky (2006) — Contributor — 11 copies
Beyond the Last Star: Stories from the Next Beginning (2002) — Contributor — 9 copies
Night's Nieces: The Legacy of Tanith Lee (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies
Strange Pleasures 2 (2003) — Contributor — 3 copies


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This is my review from my blog:

I heard about Cobweb Bride a few months ago, somewhere, and thought the concept was fascinating; one day all death stops. While not exactly new, the idea of it being Medieval times in a made up portion of the world seemed to fascinate me. I wanted to explore this world.

Explore I did, and am so glad! I felt connected to the characters and the world. There was gore but it was just right and described well enough to picture but not too deeply as to disgust (this is in reference to a battle at the beginning, after death stopped, and people were still fighting and 'dying', the book is not totally gross). The second and third chapters were a bit laborious to get through. Ms. Nazarian threw a lot of characters at me very quickly during an Imperial birthday party. I muddled through and it was worth it. Everything picks up around chapter 5 and while I know that seems like a long time, there are some very important things that happen in the beginning. The beginning pace can be slow but Ms. Nazarian has a way of painting a picture vividly (without too much description) that keeps the interest.

While it was constantly mentioned that the Cobweb Bride had to be found and all death had stopped, I didn't feel that as an annoyance. It reminded me that everyone was a bit frantic and something needed to be done so that death could continue. There is a rather gruesome moment when something important is revealed about the food supply (although none of the characters seem to get it right away), and that became a worry for me as I had become invested in these characters. The changes in Percy made me happy because I felt so damn sorry for her home life situation. She's really the main character but there are many others to follow and care for as well. It's really like a theatrical play.

By the end, and a major plot point is revealed, I was very surprised at the outcome. It was one of those 'I didn't see that coming' situations. If you like sword fights, witches, handsome knights, damsels not-so-much in distress, and Death as a Spaniard, Cobweb Bride is worth every penny.
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Chanicole | 30 other reviews | Jul 6, 2023 |
This is a hard 4 to 5 stars as I deeply enjoyed the book but there were times when I felt Nazarian was very repetitive with some info. It took away from my concentration of the story. However, she has such way with words and story that that part is easily overlooked for the magic that was created in this book!

Pulling in ancient myths and tying them together to be part of the grand scheme was such a lovely idea.

I don't think I can review this without spoiling it so I'll just say it is so worth the read and time, the whole trilogy is. If you like fantasy, sword play, romance, a little horror, and excitement then the Cobweb Trilogy is definitely for you.

Cobweb Forest had it all and tied up all the loose ends well. You will not be disappointed with the outcome and end to the series.
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Chanicole | 1 other review | Jul 6, 2023 |
One word...LOVED!

I enjoyed the hell out of Cobweb Bride and Cobweb Empire was even better. Aside from a lull a little past the middle of the book, I can't complain. Actually some of my favourite books always have that lull and then a fabulous ending to follow.

Speaking of endings...this one is another cliff hanger and I was definitely surprised by it! Of course, I had it figured out but only a paragraph before it was said!

Percy is a wonderful protagonist because she came into her own very quickly. She was not as strong in this one as she was in the first but I think she had become aware of the real danger of her situation and genuinely afraid of what was going on. If you had an army of the dead to deal with, you'd be afraid too!

Beltain Chidair, better known as the Black Knight, is so swoony I can hardly stand it! I asked the author if she had a person in mind when she wrote Chidair and she said she just wanted to create the perfect romantic character. Well done! I am so in love with him.

With Empire, there are new characters added and some that sort of disappear from the action but I know they will be back. If I've learned only one thing, Nazarian has a way of bringing people out of the wood work when you least expect them!

All in all, I gave it 5 stars because it captured my imagination and kept my interested. It's hard to say that for me and books.

Now, the only downside is I have to wait two months before the next one comes out!
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Chanicole | 2 other reviews | Jul 6, 2023 |
I really enjoyed most of the stories in this collection, my favourite being 'What a Queen does with her hands' but Lee's 'The Sky won't listen' was fab. Short story collections are nice for discovering new authors and to get some quick reads in. This one was enjoyable for the different lengths of the stories and twisty fantasies.
Chanicole | 1 other review | Jul 6, 2023 |



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