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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

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The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters)

From the magical mysteries of India to the gaslit streets of Victorian Londo. This is a story of discrimination and discovery for a young woman in VictorianEdwardian 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 antagonistic medical milieu the racial discrimination are handled well and there is good sense of the change in the air of England of that time Maya also has magical helpers and a cast of characters straight out of Dickens to help and hinder her A truly enjoyable read I was swept along on this adventure did not want it to end

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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


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 bor

  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

  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 acc

  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 somethin

  5. says:

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

  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

  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 th

  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 but nonetheless these are well written books that tend to build tension slowly and, like the fairy

  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 specifi

  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

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