Serpent’s Wake

Novelist Lauren Daniels wows with ‘the best fiction I’ve read since Keri Hulme’s Booker Prize winner,’ according to Order of Australia Medalist, Russell Darnley…

Cover of Serpent's Wake: A Tale For The Bitten by L. E. Daniels

Serpent’s Wake: A Tale For The Bitten by Lauren Daniels is a magic realism, coming of age novel, that shortlisted with the international Half the World Global Literati Award 2016, ranking 4th in the top 40 for the People’s Choice Award. 

After twelve years trapped in the throat of a serpent, a girl escapes.

She returns to her village naked with a monstrous snakeskin trailing behind her.

One decision at a time, she reclaims her life.

Each character she encounters by land and sea—brute, healer, orphan, mystic, lover—reflects an unhealed aspect of herself and plots her recovery through symbolic milestones. 

Serpent’s Wake is intended for adults and young adults exploring how, once fractured, we may mend.

Testimonials for Serpent’s Wake:

‘A tale that weaves around your heart in your darkest times…and points to the greatest lesson of all—that in suffering lies freedom’…

Erin L. Cash, Former Queensland Police Detective

‘A mythic voyage full of wry humor and shy romance that recalls the fantasies of Ursula K. Le Guin’…

Guy Salvidge, The Kingdom of Four Rivers

‘Five stars. A beautifully told story. It was a charming and really fun read. It evoked a Princess Bride thing for me – the hero’s journey and a love story with a strong girl as the hero – what’s not to love about that?’…

Maureen, Goodreads.

‘Five stars. Serpent’s Wake is part fairy tale, part coming of age story, part poetry. We run from the pain and grief of our youth, only to find it wasn’t really chasing us after all’…

Karen, Goodreads.

More Reviews on Goodreads.

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[Total: 53   Average: 4.4/5]


Serpent’s Wake Author Lauren Daniels is the Director of the Brisbane Writers Workshop that has some excellent writing courses.

And Writers, see Hawkeye Publishing’s Sydney Hammond Memorial Short Story Writing Competition, and the Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development + Publication Award (valued at $4,500 – full suite) – both currently open.

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  1. Jen LaGreca - April 15, 2019 Reply

    A moving story that was difficult to put down.

  2. Lynne - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. A passionate tale of love, anger and healing and triumph!
    I am sharing this with everyone I know who has loved and hurt and healed.

  3. Kim Phelan - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. Who doesn’t love a fairy tale romance? A sweet read that had me wanting more. It speaks to the strength of the human will battling against adversity and the healing power of love and self acceptance.

  4. Erin - April 15, 2019 Reply

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ When you need to look something to go to bed with and find comfort, and escape… it’s imagery will never leave me.

    • Kat - April 18, 2019 Reply

      5 stars. I loved this book and the greatest thing is that my son loved it too! Way better then talking about fortnight!!

  5. Timothy Monahan - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Haunting and relevant. She effortlessly captured my attention, and brought me along with her, as the quiet process of discovery and healing was relatable long after I closed the book. Remarkable.

  6. Diane - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. A beautiful, healing work. Hope for all who face adversity.

  7. Karina Ames - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. An amazing book that will change your life if you have ever been touched by grief.

  8. Barbara Snook - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. This is such a beautifully written book. Lauren has created a new genre and it is totally engaging.

  9. David Massicott - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five Stars. The imagery was captivating, and the story was engaging. The journey of healing is one everyone can relate to.

  10. Denise - April 15, 2019 Reply

    A mesmerizing tale that will keep you awake until you finish it. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  11. Patricia Massey - April 15, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. The writer spins a tale that keeps you turning the pages eagerly to continue the adventure. Her character‘s journey is breathtaking, full of twists and turns. You will remember this triumph over adversity long after you read the last page.

  12. Dan - April 16, 2019 Reply

    Five Stars! A beautiful and redemptive journey!

  13. Leonard - April 16, 2019 Reply

    A must-read for those in search of inner healing. You will not be the same after reading Serpent’s Wake!

  14. Joshua Brockbank - April 16, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. Serpent’s Wake is a wise and beautifully written novel. An allegory on recovering from trauma. I had to read it over and over again

  15. Margie Riley - April 17, 2019 Reply

    Loved, loved, loved it. Need to re-read when my friends in the book club have finished. Lauren writes about magic in a magical way and this exquisite story emerges from darkness into the light. As light as her touch as a writer. Don’t miss it.

  16. Elizabeth - April 18, 2019 Reply

    When you are in the process of healing from the inevitable wounds inflicted by life and need a friend to lead you towards the light, sometimes that friend is a magical, poetic tale… Serpent’s Wake is a masterfully crafted tale that creates a path through pain and insecurity to healing, self reliance… and to love. On a side note, the author’s knowledge and appreciation of nature and the creatures that walk, crawl, slither…etc on this planet show in her poetic presentation of them as well as her attention to detail when describing them. Truly a five star read. Why are you still reading this?! Go buy the book and start your own magical journey!

  17. Elisabeth Hanscombe - April 18, 2019 Reply

    Five stars from me.

  18. Selina Shapland - April 20, 2019 Reply

    Five stars. Serpent’s Wake is a magnificent story of a girl who experienced trauma and reclaimed her life and how to love again. I was deeply touched by this novel and recommend it to anyone who is looking to be swept away into a fairy tale with a twist. This book could sit next to Neil Gaiman’s book, ‘The Ocean at The End of the Lane’ and attract readers of such wonderous adventures.

  19. Judy Brennan - April 22, 2019 Reply

    FIVE STARS!!!!! Captivating read. Enthralling and fascinating. Loved every word!

  20. Edenfantasys - August 6, 2019 Reply

    Serpent’s Wake is an incredible book. .. a tale of the human spirit as it struggles to find it’s way to wholeness. .. a journey into the heart. The wisdom and creativity of the author leads us with powerful imagery from the darkness of trauma, to possibility, to glimmers of light, to hope, to love, to freedom. I laughed, I cried as my own story was called forth. I love this book and will read it again and again. It is truly a gift of love.

  21. - April 21, 2020 Reply

    Great post.

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