If you typically steer clear of epic fantasies, I would encourage you to give this one a second chance. While there’s no getting away from the fact that this novel is a fantasy, with an unlikely hero sent on a quest to rescue the world from utter destruction by supernatural forces, it could just as easily be described as historical fiction, given its Renaissance-like setting and politics. It most definitely is an epic tale, and like those told by Homer and Virgil, its language is utter poetry.
This novel is exceptionally well-written. The language is concise. The metaphors are rich, but never overwrought. There is a cinematic quality to the descriptions, drawing the reader into a lush alternate reality.
I am usually most drawn to character-driven stories, and this does not disappoint. There is a whole cast of interesting characters who are very different from one another, but deserving of our empathy. I especially admired Percy, the main character, who stoically sets out on a quest that she believes will end in her death, because she thinks she is one person in her family and town least likely to be missed. It’s marvelous to see her come into her own and discover her strengths. People come to depend on her.
My only complaint about Cobweb Bride is that more isn’t available for me to read RIGHT NOW. I’m looking forward to the sequels!
I read an advanced reader’s copy of this, via NetGalley.