The Serpent’s Tale by Annabel Du Boulay is an allegorical novel which explores her search for meaning in response to her daughter Sophia’s suffering. Through a matryoshka set of storytellers, three interwoven tales lead the reader on an inspiring journey of spiritual transformation rooted in pagan mythology, Gnosticism and the wisdom of the Black Goddess Sophia.
The Mother’s Tale
Following Annabel’s autobiographical account of her daughter’s birth, she’s sitting beside her incubator, wondering why she has to endure such suffering.
The Nurse’s Tale
In response, an Italian nurse tells her a story that was told to her ancestors by a travelling storyteller in 1645.
The Storyteller’s Tale
It is 1583 and Italy is at the mercy of the Roman Inquisition. Driven by his desire for revenge, the storyteller Alessandro arrives in Santa Sofia and conspires with the villagers to overthrow the Bishop. During the ensuing seven days, their lives are changed forever as they fight to protect their wisewoman from the fires of the Inquisition.
“This is very easy to read and will keep your interest until the very last page. I was immediately transported into the stories and found myself talking to the characters and crying with them.” Sarah, 5* Amazon Review
Publisher: Belashka Books
Publication Date: 24 July 2009
Length: 304 pages