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The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  19 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind.

Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dreams aside to look after her eccentric mother. Case in point: saving her from a mysterious stranger who’s just stormed the terrified woman’s antique store wearing a rattlesnake tattoo, leveling threats, and brandishing the we
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Expected publication: July 24th 2018 by 47North
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    The Serpent (The Immortal Dealers, #1)
    Release date: Jul 24, 2018
    One woman is in a world of otherworldly trouble—and she’s going to have to bet her life to save humankind.

    Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has put her dr

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    My Rating: 4.5 Stars

    Who knew a partial deck of cards would have Ernestine Terwilliger caught up in a battle for her life among supernatural card sharks known as the Immortal Dealers. No, this isn’t a tale of gambling in Vegas because Ernie will be gambling for her life and the lives of those she loves and no one has told her the rules.

    Sarah Fine’s THE SERPENT is fresh, fast and furious fun as one quirky heroine finds herself caught up in a world where the deck is stacked against her, and her ecc

    I often feel like the Urban Fantasy genre has pretty much been exploited by now. Not that it bothers me much - a trope or myth can be told in so many different ways that, done right, it will still be exciting to read about it even for the hundredth time.

    Still, I do appreciate when from time to time, authors come up with something completely new, as Sarah Fine did here.
    This was such a fresh, unique concept and I absolutely loved it. Immortal dealers who each possess a deck of cards which they us
    Marta Cox
    Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: my-reviews, netgalley
    Four and a half
    This sucked me in but just missed a 5 because obviously the author is still expanding this amazing world that she has created . The Serpent is the first full length book in this extremely promising new series about immortal dealers and the decks they are entrusted with. Our heroine is Ernie, a young woman used to taking care of others but always for some reason pushing herself to go that extra mile. Ernie has always known her mum is a little eccentric but had no idea just how far
    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    Sarah Fine is known for creating unusual premises for almost all of her books and series. She is someone you can count on for a bit of the different and sometimes, in some case, even a bit of the dark.

    Which is why whenever I see she has something new out, I'm all over it.

    Her latest is definitely in the realm of different and new. Something that will suck you in with it's interesting storyline and complex game of cards, mystery, and danger.

    And while this was captivating in premises, it sadly lack
    I LOVE Urban Fantasy genre. Most of my currently on-going series has been around for a while, and as much as I love them -- because why else I still wait for each new release? -- I'm always up to find new exciting series to look forward to. When I saw The Serpent on Netgalley, I was curious. The blurb says things about cards and supernatural Immortal Dealers. It definitely doesn't sound like the usual supernatural creatures to me. So I asked for an advance copy.

    Boy, I was in for the ride!!

    Highly original, unexpectedly twisty turny, The Serpent is a great new novel to enjoy! Fine developed a world where there is no fate but a strategic game where your and the fate of all man kind hangs in the balance of which cards are played. But the dealers are a crazed, unpredictable band of misfits and the battle for who controls the deck of cards is precarious.

    I found The Sepent a fast paced, new and exciting reality break.

    I received this ARC copy of The Serpent from 47North. This is my hones
    ☕ Kimberly
    Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: audio-2018
    Excellent narration and unique UF. RTC.
    Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    In this new Urban Fantasy series from Sarah Fine, Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger gets thrown abruptly into a paranormal world when a strange man with a snake tattoo and odd deck of cards threatens her eccentric, emotionally fragile mother whom has Ernie has taken care of for years. Ernie grabs some of the peculiar cards in a confrontation and falls down the rabbit hole to a realm of Immortal Dealers whose powers can change the world. She tangles with the most sinister and malevolent of the Dealer ...more
    Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: urban-fantasy
    Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger has cared for her eccentric mother ever since her father left when she was a child. When mysterious strangers, both with a strange deck of cards, turn up at her mother’s antique shop Ernie is dragged into a world she knows nothing about. When her mother is threatened by one of the men, she grabs a fistful of cards from the abuser and runs for her life.

    When the only person who can offer her help is the other mystery man Gabe, Ernie doesn’t know whether to trust him.
    Nicki K.
    I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    Having enjoyed books by Sarah Fine in the past, I was excited to see she was releasing another urban fantasy series, and even more pumped when I saw how creative the concept was. Reading the book, it was obvious Fine took the time to develop an interesting and innovative magic system unlike anything I had ever seen before. I truly believe this series can be amazing. However, I think this first installment w
    Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I really enjoyed the premise and the way magic operates in this world. Quite a fun story to read, good action and characters. The protagonist develops nicely as does the plot. Creative and fun, will definitely read the others.
    4.5 stars - Review to come but I really liked this, it totally captured my interest. Great UF series starter with a completely different kind of immortals and a cool magic system and just a touch of romance. Thank goodness book two is out in October.

    ARC via Netgalley released 7/24/2018
    rated it it was amazing
    Jun 26, 2018
    Review coming soon.
    Narelle Richards
    Sarah Fine has created an urban fantasy book that moves as fast as its name. She builds a complete world for the reader that involves decks of magical cards controlled by the Immortal Dealers, people who have been given these cards by a myserious character know as The Forger.
    We fall into this world alongside Ernestine “Ernie” Terwilliger, a young woman for whom life is a little hard as she tries to support her eccentric mother, a dealer of antiquities, Ernie is concerned her mother's mental heal
    Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars- this was such an interesting version of urban fantasy! So I really loved the magic system of this world... it is based on tarot cards that bond to a person's soul, basically, making them both immortal and bound to the decks' maker. I thought the story took this cool premise and made a lot of out of it. My only hesitancy is that I think having so many cards with so many abilities is a little overwhelming to keep track of and "powers up" the users a little too much. For me, this undercu ...more
    Dave Sloan
    rated it it was amazing
    Jun 07, 2018
    Helen Wawrejko
    Jun 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I read what I like, and this is one of the most innovative urban fantasy magic that I have read in a long time. A deck of cards that create magic, and can create different magic when combined. Defensive, nourishment, etc. Fascinating multiple uses. Slow build romance, and a lot of mystery to be solved. Allies and enemies, and a delicious twist of betrayal and revelations. Highly recommend this first book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book from Netgalley.
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