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The Serpent's Shadow Audiobook

The Serpent's Shadow: Elemental Masters

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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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©2002 Mercedes Lackey; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

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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    Teresa Cooper 20/10/2015
    Teresa Cooper 20/10/2015
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    "Magic abounds."

    A good story with strong characters. My only misgiving, but only a very miner one, was the story seemed, to myself at least, to be very slow in places. But still a recommended story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anna stockholmSweden 04/05/2010
    Anna stockholmSweden 04/05/2010
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    "Accents"

    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 4 people found this review helpful
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  • CatBookMom
    Los Angeles area, CA, USA
    27/04/10
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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.

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    United States
    07/10/12
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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.

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan
    Vershire, VT, United States
    22/06/12
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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.


    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • ShySusan
    Somewhere in Darkest Utah
    17/11/12
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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.

    58 of 65 people found this review helpful
  • Laura A Azevedo
    Wallingford, CT, United States
    01/04/14
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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.


    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • DeAnne
    United States
    22/03/13
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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
  • Ronald H Schwartz
    Michigan, USA
    20/01/16
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    "Pleasant read and blessedly atypical"

    So nice to read a fresh feeling story. Set in England and leaning on Hindu mythology, but not overly much; even that feels relatively fresh these days. Personally, I'm tired of the current cookie-cutter zombie apocalyptic plague stories with monotheistic and/or political dogma, rampant with rogue vigilante anti-hero paranormals with dark pasts and forbidden/doomed fixations. This still has the traditional Good vs Evil thing going, but what are you going to do? A positive and relaxing reading experience, and I enjoyed the story as well as the characters. Mercedes Lackey is a wonderful storyteller and the narration by Michelle Ford was spot on, adding to the experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • G. Parish
    20/07/15
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    "Victorian Magic & Romance"

    This is a novel full of Victorian magic, romance, and a bit of adventure. The story is extremely well crafted and I think Lackey fan will find this a thoroughly enjoyable listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    SOUTH EUCLID, OH, United States
    17/06/15
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    "Mercedes Lackey at her best"

    This is by far one of my favorite books by Mercedes Lackey. It is well written, well researched, and flows beautifully. A favorite reafd. Add in the amazing narrator and it is a highly enjoyable experience.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • E.Law
    07/01/15
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    "Loved the Book!"

    I had read the book previously, and I was thoroughly enraptured during the reading of it. So very much fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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