Mercedes Lackey turns her considerable talent towards historical fantasy in the first of a three-book series based on familiar fairy tales. Fleeing India to escape an unknown stalker who has already killed her English father and Brahmin mother, Dr. Maya Witherspoon goes to Victorian England to continue her surgery practice and to learn her fathers magic if she can. Being an untrained but very powerful Earth Mage, Mayas ad hoc protective spells create magical disturbances, attracting unwanted attention. Her familys killer has followed Maya and with the help of seven unusual pets and other friends, Maya seeks to uncover THE SERPENTS SHADOW (4). Ms. Lackey blends magic, racism, sexism, Hindu mythology and early medical science into an intriguing mystery with some humorous twists.

Reviewed by: 
Kelly Rae Cooper