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Woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood. This is the first of Mercedes Lackey s Elemental Masters series Although there are often connections between the books in this series it is not essential to read them in chronological order but I was trapped by this first one and have been eagerly grabbing the rest as they have been published This story centers on a doctor from India working in Edwardian London dealing with echos from her Indian culture As always with Mercedes Lackey s books the characters and settings are vividly described so you are drawn into their lives and get to know them and believe in them There are some pretty grim moments but they are essential to the story so bear with them As you would expect the doctor triumphs in the end but her adventures along the way will keep you glued to her story

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The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters)

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian Londo. This book starts out slow but I have read uite a few of Mercedes Lackey s books so I kept on reading not like it was that great of a chore since she is a master writer And I was rewarded with a having read a truly great book I really needed to read a truly great book as I read many many mediocre to good books and have become bored I found myself playing games on my computer instead of reading YIKES Now I find myself having to scour my favorite authors for any new books they may have writtenMercedes Jody Lynne Nye Elizabeth Moonetc Not sure about those spellings since I am doing this out of memory and mine is notoriously badmy apologies if I got them wrong

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N Mercedes Lackey's uniue departure from her Valdemar series follows a young. What a marvelous Snow White retelling Who knew Snow White was from India and her seven animal companions were special indeedI particularly liked that Snow White Maya s mother refused to teach her daughter Eastern magic insisting that the daughter had her father s Western magic and needed to be taught by a Westerner instead Turns out of course Maya has both but her mother had wanted to keep her hidden from mom s evil twin sister this story s evil stepmotherVery lush exotic atmosphere PLUS the world of the Elemental Masters Highly recommended


13 thoughts on “The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters)

  1. says:

    This book starts out slow, but I have read quite a few of Mercedes Lackey's books so I kept on reading not like it was that great of a chore since she is a master writer And I was rewarded with a having read a truly great book I really needed to read a truly great book as I read many many, mediocre to good books, and have become bored I found myself playing games on my computer instead of reading YIKES! Now I find myself having to

  2. says:

    I enjoyed this novel but enjoyed two of the short stories in this series GREY and GREY'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

  3. says:

    This is a story of discrimination and discovery for a young woman in Victorian/Edwardian England Maya Witherspoon is a half caste Anglo Indian who trained as a Doctor in India and has now come to England to escape the vengeance of her sorcer

  4. says:

    This is the first real Elemental Masters story for me, Fire Rose and Reserved for the Cat are not really in the same timeline It's based on Snow White, but except for two very clear references, this isn't something that's obvious I love retelling of fairytales so I whooped a bit for those references, but if one doesn't lik

  5. says:

    What a marvelous Snow White retelling? Who knew Snow White was from India and her seven animal companions were special indeed?I part

  6. says:

    One of the best of the Elemental Master series, maybe the best besides 'Reserved for the Cat'.Original and beautifically done plot.

  7. says:

    All Maya ever wanted was to be a physician and to help people Driven from her home in India after the deaths of her parents, she seeks her dreams in London Unfortunately the prejudices of British society in 1909 are firmly set against her As both a woman and a half Indian, she can finds herself the target of racist and sexist bigotry As if that wasn't enough, it appears that the evil that drove her out of India has followed her to London.On

  8. says:

    This is the first of Mercedes Lackey's Elemental Masters series Although there are often connections between the books in this series it is not essential to read them in chronological order, but I was trapped by this first one, and have been eagerly grabbing the rest as they have been published This story centers on a d

  9. says:

    A great series of books reimagining classic fairy tales into something a little different a lovely world setting with the existence of mages hidden within society At times the stories can feel a little clichéd and as you go through t

  10. says:

    As always Mercedes Lackey is superb! I don't know where she gets her ideas from but, please Misty, keep them coming!We are all, and me specifically, grateful for all you write,thankyou very much.

  11. This is one of the best of the Elemental Masters series The vision of Victorian London is credible, the magic world is interesting, and the characters are picturesque and unusual It is well plotted and the ending is good I definitely recommend it.

  12. says:

    not my favourite of the elemental masters series although I have still read it several times! It tells of the difficulties a female doctor of the time faced with the added complication of her mixed race ancestry Add in a malicious aunt and a romance and you get a very entertaining read.

  13. says:

    The Serpent’s Shadow (2001) and The Fire Rose (1995) begin the Elemental Masters series with all of Mercedes Lackey’s flair and artistry in full bloom Both books are labelled #1 in the series which now has 16 books (1, 1, 2 15) and 2 anthologies.The Serpent’s Shadow begins quietly and gains in suspense and speed all the way to an unexpected yet perfect ending.