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N Mercedes Lackey's uniue departure from her Valdemar series follows a young. 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 like fairytales it s not a big thing Protagonists believable and the setting of the story is great as the prewar era with suffragetts and Indian homecomers are all relevant to the story

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The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters)

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian Londo. 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 is not a bad thing as she is a master of the genre There is not a lot of action in this one There are accounts of the trials of those campaigning for women s suffrage and women s rights in general the difficulties and prejudice faced by female physicians surgery and the use of magic for healing the hard unpleasant lives of London s poor romance a society of elemental masters masuerading as a London gentlemen s club selkies and other magical creatures and of course villains and heroes There are a couple of things which don t seem uite right such as Maya who is trying to hide from a deadly enemy taking a very public role in a womens suffrage march Then in the end the deadly enemy who threatens Maya the elemental masters and the British Empire proves to be somewhat less deadly and powerful than billed Not Lackey s best but still good this is probably 3 stars compared to her other work but 4 stars compared to fantasy writing as a whole

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Woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood. 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 LondonOnce again Mercedes Lackey has woven an interesting tale of magic love and intrigue The Elemental Masters series never fails to bring the world of early 20th century Britain to life


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

  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 is not a bad thing as she is a master of the genre There is not a lot of action in this one There are accounts of the trials of tho

  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 sorceress Aunt and her Thugee cult It seems no one wants her to be a doctor and there is the added problem of her own magic inherited from her father Her struggles to become accepted as a Doctor in an antagon

  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

  5. says:

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

  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.O

  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 doctor from India, working in Edwardian London, dealing with echos from her Indian culture As always wi

  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 the series the nature of 'magic' and individual relationships with it seems to ch

  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. says:

    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 c

  12. says:

    not my favourite of the elemental masters series although I have still read it several times! It tells of the dif

  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