Book Review: The Serpent’s Egg by Caroline Stevermer (four stars)
“I’ve waited all my life to make a scandal, now I can rest easy.”
Good, clean fun. Old-school epic fantasy set in late medieval Europe analog with complex characterizations and plotting. Leavened with humor and chivalry—the good kind.
To see was of no use until she understood, but she would never understand until she tried to see.
Large cast of well-drawn characters on both sides. Complexity of characterization beyond core cast adds credibility. Stevermer respects the reader’s intelligence with occasional gaps which the reader must navigate. Excellent.
“In short, I am a wreck—physically, morally, intellectually—” “Do shut up.” “Everyone tells me that eventually.”