The Serpent (Atlan #1b) Read à 4

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The Serpent Atlan #1bIn the lost world of prehistory a girl is born Is she a Goddess Cija herself believes that she is For 17 years her mother the Dictatress has kept her imprisoned in a tower She releases her with one object in view to seduce Zerd the snake scaled Dragon General of an occupying army then stab him to de. This is one of those books that I first read when I was like sixteen It's stuck with me I know it's I don't know overblown maybe But it has a strongly written heroine and some great adventures I still go back and reread it BTW do NOT read this book without also reading the second one The Dragon These two books were originally published as one and they really don't make sense as two separate books

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Antic Ocean Cija escapes is pursued She finds a lover; there is fighting between the Northern Southern armies; she suffers rape at the hands of two very different men This fantastic story of love jealousy sudden death is unlike anything you have ever read It grips the imagination from start to finis. I’ve spent the two days since I finished The Serpent trying to figure out how I can possibly describe this unusual book The best I can come up with is that it ought to be a book you’re assigned to read in college but because you’re busy and just not really into it you sueak by without doing the reading As years pass people reference it often enough that when you accidentally stumble across it in a long forgotten box you decide to read it and then you find yourself lying awake at night kicking yourself for not doing the reading when you actually had a platform in which to discuss the nuance of this fascinating and devastating novelThere are some takeaways I hope you pick up on from this intro The Serpent isn’t easy Sentences can be ponderous and confusing; it’s the sort of novel where I’d find myself reading the words without actually stringing them together into a coherent sentence When I put my mind to the words though they were beautiful and descriptive Given that The Serpent is told in the form of a girl’s diary it makes sense that there are going to be some idiosyncrasies in the writing I grew to love how I could determine the mood of the protagonist based on how her writing flowed The Serpent isn’t fun Well actually that’s not entirely true but at the same time I’ll stand by it I’m glad I read The Serpent At times it’s hilarious Other times it’s joyful The trajectory of the story however isn’t fun Hell the back copy mentions that Cija our protagonist is raped multiple times and that’s the part of a book that’s supposed to make us want to read it Just imagine the brutality that we actually witnessThis seems like a great time to say that if you’re sensitive to depictions of violence rape coerciveabusive relationships systemic violence against womengirls or similar heavy topics The Serpent might not be a great book for you The best part about this is that Jane Gaskell covers these topics honestly None of it is titillating or sexy and even though I don’t love reading about super real problems like these there was an authenticity to her writing that made me feel betterI know that sounds bizarreThe best comparison I can come up with is finding out that that one guy who acts inappropriately toward you also acts inappropriately toward a friend It’s not a good thing but it also makes you feel better because you know for a fact you’re not making shit up and you suddenly have a sense of solidarity over this horrible thing in your lifeIn that way the brutality of The Serpent almost felt healing On the other hand my one dog who we jokingly refer to as our empath dog because she knows when you’re upset and will try to make you feel better well she was in a constant state of panic while I read The Serpent because apparently my body language or pheromones or some shit was sending out panic level vibesOkay with two heads up and a straight up warning out of the way it’s time to dig inCija pronounced KEE YAH is the daughter of a dictatress Raised in isolation and taught that she’s a goddess the beginning of the book is filled with banal teenaged girl level tension She wishes she were tan she hates to do chores and when she’s bored she sometimes lashes out at her caretakers She’s a bit bratty but in my opinion likable This low stakes life changes uickly when she’s sent on a uest she must seduce an enemy general and murder himJust like that she’s thrown into a world where women are only valued so far as they are useful to menThis is central to one of the biggest themes in the book a woman’s sexuality is both a liability and an assetIn a land where women have literally no agency—they’re considered property nothing —it makes sense that Cija would wield her sexuality like a weapon Sometimes it works really well Sometimes it works until the man gets frustrated and lashes out Sometimes it doesn’t work at all and she finds herself reduced for the unwant

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The Serpent (Atlan #1b) Read à 4 À In the lost world of prehistory a girl is born Is she a Goddess Cija herself believes that she is For 17 years her mother the Dictatress has kept her imprisoned in a tower She releases her with one object in view to seduce Zerd the snake scaled Dragon General of an occupying army then stab him to death Thru the foAth Thru the forests of the sling using Fouls among the reptile birds in lands where half human hybrids are kept as pets Cija travels with the Northern Army In the great vicious City of the South Zerd makes plans with the Southerners to attack the fabulous Continent of Atlan in the middle of the Atl. When we first meet Cija she is a teenager trapped in a tower like Rapunzel albeit with many servants to complain to She doesn't know about the existence of men Like the Biblical Judith she is then given the task of seducing the leader of an invading army and killing him once his guard is down The man she is sent to kill is actually a reptile who appears human for the most part except he has a snake's tongue and scaly skin which changes color Oh and he sparkles in the sunCija finds it difficult to get close to the leader She spends most of her time traveling with the army as a hostage in constant danger of being raped so it's not exactly a fun read I did find it interesting that one of the characters she befriends turns out to be a woman trapped in a man's bodyThere are some interesting things about this novel The people ride giant birds instead of horses There are giant snails whose shells are used as helmets They eat a dinosaur at one point Unfortunately many interesting possibilities are raised without being fully explored There is a group known as the Changeless that we learn next to nothing about We're told of a group of half human freaks without learning much about themThis book has a very slow pace It takes place in ancient South America but character use modern slang I know this is the first book in a series but it ends rather abruptly It didn't really seem to be setting up the next book just meandering off into the weeds