In the Coils of the Snake

In the Coils of the Snake

by Clare B. Dunkle

In the powerful final volume of the Hollow Kingdom trilogy, Miranda has waited her whole life to come home to the goblin kingdom, never imagining she'd feel so alone. Caught between two hostile races, she becomes their greatest reason for war--and only hope for a future.

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You need to have read at least The Hollow Kingdom for Coils of the Snake to make any sense at all, and preferably the second book, Close Kin, as well.

Hes just a numpty. Not to mention, its hard to root for a numpty. Although, Dunkle doesnt love the Elves like she does the Goblins. In the end, I have to say, I really like Dunkles simple and direct prose, and I love how she captures a different time period.

However, despite some interesting and captivating scenes, this is a boring YA fantasy-romance. At the beginning of this final book in the trilogy, Marak the Goblin King of book 1 is dying (sob). I was intent on that entire scene, down in the darkest crypt, especially how Marak and his beloved Kate interacted, and the notion of meting out your strength in minutes and seconds, then lying down to peacefully sleep (echoes of Thanatopsis). (Dunkle made the same mistake in book 2, creating two romantic relationships, and dedicating insufficient attention to each one.) This is primarily Miranda's story. Despite growing up with Marak's fatherly love for her -- or because of it, in some sense -- she is a desperately needy 17-year-old girl. Miranda rebounds by falling for a father figure, someone to replace her beloved Marak -- a MUCH older "man" (based on the text, I infer that he is 40-ish). Note: The needy heroine engaged in self-mutilation (little cuts) to gain a sense of control during her miserable childhood, and thinks about cutting herself (and killing herself) when her world falls apart AGAIN as a young adult.

This third and final volume in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy takes place thirty years after Close Kin and begins with the unthinkable. The move is without malice, as Catspaw faces a stalemate with the elf lord Nir. Nir offers the young Arianna as part of a peace treaty between his people and the goblins. The story splits its time between Miranda and the elves and Catspaw's difficulties wrangling his elf bride and his attempts to subvert Nir's plans.

The last book in the Hollow Kingdom trilogy and I wasnt disappointed. First off, this is the first book without an overly gruesome prologue. This prologue begins with our beloved Marak getting ready to pass away and leave his kingdom to his son not as gruesome and to tell you the truth not as intriguing either but still good. Back to the story: Old Marak has been raising a human girl, Miranda, to become the bride of his son for her entire life a fact which has left her ostracized from humans her entire life. Miranda has faced cruelty, disappointment and is now ready to finally take her place as the new Maraks bride only the arrival of a new and powerful elf turns her entire world upside down and she is caught between two strong rulers who both believe she belongs to them. This is when Miranda (a human) is trying to explain to Hunter (an elf) why she is reading a book Robinson Crusoe: Hunter was astounded.

In some ways this is more slowly paced than Close Kin, but the story is tighter, and the political wranglings of the goblins and elves are fraught with tension.

I mean, that's way worse than most of the things characters do in stupid romance novels, and her reaction is more justified than most reactions of that sort.)

You know those romances where everything would be fine if they just talked to each other?

My family moved to Germany in 2000, and we lived for seven years in the Rheinland Pfalz region, not far from the old Roman city of Trier.