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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 Pathfinder Chronicles is the first real Elemental Masters story for me Fire Rose and Reserved for the Cat are not really Velvet Submission (Club Velvet Ice, in the same timeline It s based on Snow White but except for two very clear references this Oil Painting isn t something that s obvious I love retelling of fairytales so I whooped a bit for those references but Putins Russia if one doesn t like fairytales Seducida (Esclava victoriana, it s not a big thing Protagonists believable and the setting of the story Essential Juices and Smoothies is great as the prewar era with suffragetts and Indian homecomers are all relevant to the story

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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

Mercedes Lackey õ 7 Summary

Woman doctor as she searches for the secret behind the sorcery in her blood. 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

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  • The Serpents Shadow (Elemental Masters)
  • Mercedes Lackey
  • English
  • 01 August 2019
  • 1480592218

About the Author: Mercedes Lackey

Mercedes Lackey is the acclaimed author of over fifty novels and many works of short fiction In her spare time she is also a professional lyricist and a licensed wild bird rehabilitator Mercedes lives in Oklahoma with her husband and freuent collaborator artist Larry Dixon and their flock of parrotsPhoto by Elkman Own work CC BY SA 30 or GFDL via Wikimedia Commons



13 thoughts on “The Serpents Shadow (Elemental Masters)

  1. says:

    In this first book of the Elemental Masters, we meet Maya Witherspoon, daughter of a prominent British physician and a Brahmin woman of the highest caste. Maya began studying medicine by assisting her father; then she graduated from the University of Delhi as a Doctor of Medicine by the age of 22. After the dea

  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 thi

  3. 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 tha

  4. says:

    I've read this book many times, in fact I have it in paperback, but I've been trying to find it in hardbound for a couple of years, last I ch

  5. 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 a

  6. 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

  7. 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 Westerner instead. Turns out, of course, Maya has both but her mother had wanted to keep her hidden from mom's evil twin s

  8. 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 firm

  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 change for no explained reason

  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

  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 a

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