The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters #1) - Mercedes Lackey

Maya Witherspoon had lived most of the fist twenty-five years of her life in her native India. As the daught of a prominent British physician and a Brahmin woman of the highest caste, she had known only luxury. Trained by her father in the medical arts shince she was old enough to read, she graduated from the University of Delhi as a Doctor of Medicine by the age of twenty-two. Welcomed into her father's lucurative practice, she treated many of the wives and daughters of the British military personnel who made up a large percentage of their patients in the colonial India of 1909.

But the science of medicine was not Maya's only heritage. For Maya's aristocratic mother Surya had not just defied her family, friends and religion to marry Maya's father, she had turned her back on their family's powerful magical traditions as well. For her mother was a soceress - a former priestess of the mystical magics fueled by the powerful and fearsom pantheon of Indian gods.

Though Maya felt the stirring of magic in her blood, her mother had repeatedly refused to train her. "I cannot" she had said, her eyes dark with distress whenever Maya asked "yours is the magic of your father's bood, not mine..." Surya had never had the chance to explain this enigmatic statement to her daughter, before cholera claimed her life. Yet Maya suspected that something far more sinister than the virulent disease had overcome her powerful mother.

But it was Maya's father's death shortly thereafter which confired her darkest suspecions. For her father was killed by the bite of a krait, a tiny venomous snake. In the last hours of her mother's life, in the seeming delirium of her final fever, Surya had repeatedly warned Maya to beware "the serpent's shadow." With the sudden loss of her father, Maya knew she must flee the land of her birth or face the same fate as her parents.

In self-imposed exile in London, Maya surrounded herself with every protection possible. All the magic Maya knew had been learned by covertly observing her mother, and by cobbling bits knowledge together with the street-magic gleaned from a few genuine fakirs. Her workings were a mixture of instinct, extrapolation, and trial and error. Crode, but somewhat effective, her spells let Maya hide her household behind a wall of secrecy in a poorer section of the city. Here in a small but adequate house, she lived with only the most loyal of her mother's servants and her mother's seven unusual "pets" - if you could use such a word for creatures who seemed far more like friends.

 

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Release date: 2001
Genres: fantasy
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Updated: September 12, 2016

Elemental Masters :: Series

A fantasy series taking place on an alternate earth where magic exists. The series largely focuses on Elemental Masters, people who have magical control over air, water, fire, or earth.  Each book in the series is loosely based on a fairy tale.

o. The Fire Rose, based on Beauty and the Beast
1. The Serpent's Shadow, based on Snow White
2. The Gates of Sleep, based on Sleeping Beauty
3. Phoenix And Ashes, based on Cinderella
4. The Wizard of London, based on The Snow Queen
5. Reserved for the Cat, based on Puss in Boots
6. Unnatural Issue, based on Donkeyskin or similar tale
7. Home From the Sea, based on East of the Sun and West of the Moon, Tam Lin, and The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry
8. Steadfast, based on the Steadfast Tin Soldier
9. Blood Red, based on Red Riding Hood
10. From a High Tower, based on Rapunzel
11. A Study in Sable, featuring Sherlock Holmes
12. A Scandal in Battersea
13. The Bartered Brides

The Fire Rose
The Serpent's Shadow (Elemental Masters #1)
The Gates of Sleep (Elemental Masters #2)
Phoenix and Ashes (Elemental Masters #3)
The Wizard of London (Elemental Masters #4)
Reserved for the Cat (Elemental Masters #5)
Unnatural Issue (Elemental Masters #6)
Home from the Sea (Elemental Masters #7)
Steadfast (Elemental Masters #8)
Blood Red (Elemental Masters #9)
From a High Tower (Elemental Masters #10)
A Study in Sable (Elemental Masters #11)
A Scandal in Battersea (Elemental Masters #12)
The Bartered Brides (Elemental Masters #13)
The Case of the Spellbound Child (Elemental Masters #14)
Jolene (Elemental Masters #15)