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The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters | [Mercedes Lackey]

The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.
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Publisher's Summary

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian London, Mercedes Lackey's unique departure from her Valdemar series follows a young woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood.

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What the Critics Say

"Mercedes Lackey returns to form in The Serpent's Shadow...."This story takes place in the London of 1909, and is based on "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." Lackey creates echoes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, pays affectionate homage to Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey (who plays an important role under a thin disguise), and turns the dwarves into seven animal avatars who masquerade as pets of her Eurasian heroine, Maya." (Amazon.com review)

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    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 04-27-10
    CatBookMom Los Angeles area, CA, USA 04-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Very enjoyable"

    This is my favorite of Mercedes Lackey's re-told fairy tales, and I was pleased to find it available in audio format. Maya Witherspoon is a terrific character and you immediately become engrossed in her story as a young Anglo-Indian woman who has successfully conquered the barriers of the male-dominated English medical/surgical profession in the late 1800s. The people she meets in her London charity hospital work and her private medical practice are vividly portrayed, and many become her friends and supporters.

    Michelle Ford does a quite good job of differentiating the characters' voices and accents, both male and female.

    Highly recommended, and I know I'll listen to this again and again.

    22 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Laura A Azevedo Wallingford, CT, United States 04-01-14
    Laura A Azevedo Wallingford, CT, United States 04-01-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful Story, Bad Pronunciation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Serpent's Shadow to be better than the print version?

    No. The reader/performer did not do a very good job with pronunciation. It would have been nice if she had done some research about the correct way to pronounce words like epitome. If you can ignore that, she does a great job with the voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The richness of the background world.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I hated the incorrect pronunciation of common words. I loved the voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, almost did too.


    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Lea United States 10-07-12
    Lea United States 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fun Read"

    I enjoyed this story very much, my first from Mercedes Lackey. It was such an interesting mixture of England, India, Turn of the Century, Women's Suffragettes, and magic, with a splash of romance thrown in, for good measure. Michelle Ford did a good job of narration, though she mis-pronounced several words. Difference between English and American pronounciations? Not sure.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 06-22-12
    Morgan Vershire, VT, United States 06-22-12 Member Since 2008

    I read/listen to drown out the nonsense.

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    "Fan from the Beginning"
    Would you listen to The Serpent's Shadow again? Why?

    I read this book when it was first released about 11 years ago. My mother actually gave it to me as a gift. I was hooked and didn't even know that it was a part of a series until 5 years later. I've since listened to it and reread it at least 4 times. The heroine is absolutely wonderful with her strength and intelligence while maintaining her femininity and being a true heroine. The story is compelling and the character development is clear and well done. I have and will listen to this repeatedly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Maya, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Michelle Ford – was your favorite?

    Again, Maya!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Running from her past pursued by killers, beautiful half Indian Dr. Maya Witherspoon flees from her Indian roots to the foreign streets of London. An outsider and exotic magical presence catch the attention of the "White Lodge" magical masters of London. Soon Maya finds herself learning the ways of her fathers people and finding out new powers of her own attached to her animals she calls pets. With fast paced action, magic and even romance, Mercedes Lackey takes us on fantastic romp in early 20th century London.


    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 11-17-12
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 11-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I found it depressing"

    I think Mercedes Lackey writes very well, but apparently I just can't read her stuff. I started some other series of hers a number of years ago and couldn't finish it because there was so much terrible stuff done by the bad guys. I decided to try her again with this book, and I'm having the same problem. I think she has done an admirable job of painting an accurate picture of life in London in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, if you were a woman or a poor person, that was a pretty horrible place. For every pleasant or happy scrap of story, there are 19 pieces about the atrocities committed upon the poor by the rich or just the horrors of life before antibiotics and decent hospitals.

    I got nine and a half hours into this twelve-hour book, and just had to stop. I was so depressed I was ready to lay down and die. I'd like to know how the story ends, but I may just look on Wikipedia to see if someone has posted a complete plot summary. I see that this book has gotten many positive reviews, and I don't doubt that this book deserves them.

    Before getting this book, you need to ask yourself how you react to detailed, historically accurate portrayals of life among the downtrodden. If you can read such stories with enjoyment, then this will probably be a good book for you. If you need your stories to cheer you up, then this book may not be right for you.

    54 of 61 people found this review helpful
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    DeAnne United States 03-22-13
    DeAnne United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved the written series, Audible makes it live"

    Michelle Ford's wonderful narration brings this story of good and evil and a clash of cultures and their ridged lack of acceptance of strange new ideas.It is a story of overcoming adversity, delightful animal helpers, and staunch old and new friends.Throw in magic, what more could you want. I could barely put it down.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Haigh Los Angeles, CA 04-24-14
    Rachel Haigh Los Angeles, CA 04-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Totally fascinating! Loved loved loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Serpent's Shadow to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Maya is a rich character living in a filthy, backwards & chaotic historical past. She manages to be modern and relatable without being out of place, and you root for her from start to finish.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordan CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-14-14
    Jordan CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Listen"

    Really enjoyed the book. Not a literal repeat of the snow white story but an awesome spin on it. Will defiantly listen to again!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Main Beach, Australia 04-10-14
    Susan Main Beach, Australia 04-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    It was lovely to meet the imaginary characters in this light and enjoyable fantasy, especially when they are placed in my favourite time period. I would have loved to work beside Maya and admire her strength of character and determination.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Williamsburg, VA, USA 02-19-10
    Carolyn Williamsburg, VA, USA 02-19-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Fans of Mercedes Lackey will enjoy"

    The narrator was perfect for this book, and made the story even better. It doesn't have the passion of the Valdemar stories, but it's a good yarn, and a fun read. My only criticism is it took too long to get to the meat of the story. If this narrator reads any of the other "Elemental Masters" books, I'll be sure to buy it.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Quite a decent reader, which is extremely important. The only beef i have is that the woman reading the book seems to think that the Irish doctor in the book is actually Jamaican. I have never heard such a bad 'Irish' accent. Really.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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