The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

The Essex Serpent

Sarah Perry

fiction historical emotional mysterious reflective medium-paced

432 pages | first published 2016

Description

An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpe...
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Moods

mysterious 74%
reflective 63%
emotional 51%
adventurous 26%
dark 26%
sad 17%
hopeful 15%
challenging 11%
tense 9%
relaxing 6%
funny 5%
informative 5%
inspiring 5%
lighthearted 4%

Pace

slow 60%
medium 38%
fast 0%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 67% | A mix: 23% | Plot: 8%

Strong character development?

Yes: 62% | It's complicated: 21% | No: 14% | N/A: 1%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 46% | Yes: 34% | No: 19%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 74% | Yes: 19% | It's complicated: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 70% | It's complicated: 20% | No: 7% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.63