Cobweb Bride has three openings. One has a family gathered around the deathbed of their matriarch, but her death rattle never ends. Another has a similar scene playing out, but at a higher social rank. Then Nazarian takes us to a battlefield where men just keep getting back up, even after sustaining fatal head injuries and mortal wounds. Death appears to issue an ultimatum. Unless his Cobweb Bride appears, no one (and nothing) will die. The Emperor offers a reward to the women of his Realm if they will venture north to Death's Keep.
The book is written in a style I've started to call fractured fairy tale. There are the trappings of fairy tales: knights and princesses (even if the princess in this case is one of the undead), quests and intrigue, psychopomps and witches. But there's a sense of humor to the thing and the author plays around with the conventions of the story. Nothing happens quite the way you think it will. And that's what makes it fun.
The only problem I had with the book was the dialog. At the beginning, the characters speak in a faux Medieval speak. But this is abandoned within a few chapters and becomes much more contemporary sounding. It bothered me until I let the story entertain me out of my annoyance. Also, I suspect that this book was the next thing to self-published. It needs an editor. I half wanted to take a red pen to my iPad and fix the typos myself. But Nazarian's Cobweb Bride, the opening novel of a trilogy, shows that it's possible to love a flawed book. I had a great time reading it (even if the dialog needs work) and I'm looking forward to seeing where Nazarian goes in the next entries.
I just hope she gets an editor.