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by Anne Lyle

  • ISBN: 0857662139
  • Author: Anne Lyle
  • ePub ver: 1285 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 480
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (April 1, 2012)
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Fantasy
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The Alchemist of Souls book. Anne Lyle manages to keep the feel of Tudor England while seamlessly mixing in the fantasy elements of the Skraylings and their magic.

The Alchemist of Souls book. This story follows down on his luck swordsman for hire Mal Catlyn as he is hired as bodyguard to the newly arrived Skrayling ambassador. The plot was rife with intrigue and mystery, and even had a hint of romance.

Used availability for Anne Lyle's The Alchemist of Souls. March 2012 : UK Mass Market Paperback.

What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally-and Mal his soul.

Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself, all set against .

Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself, all set against the backdrop of Elizabethan London. The attention to historical detail brings the time and place alive and peoples it with characters I could instantly empathize with. An outstanding debut! – Lynn Flewelling. In her terrific debut novel, Anne Lyle conjures up a magical Elizabethan England of seedy glamour, long shadows, pulsating romance and heart-stopping adventure. The Alchemist of Souls is the calling card of a great new talent in the fantasy field.

Anne Lyle's Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself, all set against the backdrop of Elizabethan London. An outstanding debut!" - Lynn Flewelling.

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The Alchemist of Souls" is Anne Lyle's debut novel, and I'd been drawn to reading it after hearing her read an extract at BristolCon last year, sucked in by what little I'd heard about the setting and characters. The novel takes place in an alternate version of Elizabethan England

The Alchemist of Souls" is Anne Lyle's debut novel, and I'd been drawn to reading it after hearing her read an extract at BristolCon last year, sucked in by what little I'd heard about the setting and characters. The novel takes place in an alternate version of Elizabethan England. Mourning the death of her husband and father of her two sons, Robert Dudley, Queen Elisabeth has retreated into seclusion in her old age, while explorers to the New World have been followed home by skraylings, non-human creatures of Viking legend.

She had been to the skraylings' camp, only to discover the ambassador had returned to the Tower after all. She took a wherry across the Thames to save time, but was told by the Tower guards that the. For fear of missing them again she took the same route on foot, along Thames Street to London Bridge and thence to Bankside. By the time she arrived, however, the theatre doors had closed and people were being turned away. Please, you have to let me in," she said to the doorman.

The Alchemist of Souls : Night's Masque, Volume . When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend- skraylings.

The Alchemist of Souls : Night's Masque, Volume 1. (Book in the Night's Masque Series).

When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers' wake, bringing Native American goods--and a skrayling ambassador--to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I's capital? Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador's bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally--and Mal his soul.
Comments (7)

Vudomuro
I admit I'm in a bored phase of reading right now. I am feeling a little desperate for something that can hold my interest. This looked good, and started not too bad, but by around 50% it was mostly incomprehensable.

It follows many characters, but 3 points of view. It switches frequently and sometimes in odd places. The only character I really got a handle on was Mal. There is also Coby, who is a girl masquerading as a boy, and Mal's best friend whose name I've already forgotten despite just having read about him.

It starts off letting you know that Mal's friend (Ned maybe?) is in love with Mal but Mal isn't gay. Then suddenly Ned's in love with someone else. But don't expect m/m romance to be a main theme - gay relationships are part of the story but they are not really explored in any depth.

There is a complicated plot involving Skraylings (which are a northern European/cold climate myth but here are basically some weird new world species) and theaters and plays.

Unfortunately the characters and story aren't developed well enough to get a grip on anything. The characters don't seem to have any interest in their own lives at all - people come and order them to do things and they do them. That's basically the motivation for everything.

Ned especially is very underdeveloped, so much so that when Cory mentions at some point that he's supposed to be kind of a rogue I had no idea he had any personality at all. But he does really easily betray people. When outside forces drive him to do things, he doesn't even bother resisting - nobody in this book does.

And there are a lot of outside forces and I could hardly keep track of them all. This Lord was ordering Mal to spy on someone, but another Lord was ordering Coby to spy on Mal, or was that the same Lord?

And there was a whole plot line with Ned's boyfriend that made no sense to me at all, but involved yet another extraneous character. It started with Ned wanting to protect him and turned into something else but I don't know what.

Anyway, I DNFed at 50%. Maybe if I wasn't in a boredom rut I could have finished it, but I only barely made it that far. If this doesn't make sense to you, that's kind of how I feel about this book.
Nicanagy
I love Elizabethan, Renaissance, and Shakespearean stories, and this novel did not disappoint! I liked the alternate history and the integration of magic into the story, along with well-researched historical details. The skraylings were an interesting culture to add into historical London. I also thought it was interesting that the troupe of actors featured in the novel was not the one with Shakespeare, but a rival company. Since so many stories are written about Shakespeare I liked the variety.

And of course, I'm a sucker for any story where a girl disguises herself as a boy, so naturally Coby was my favorite character. I thought the romance between her and Mal grew naturally and added an extra dimension to the story. Between their growing attraction, and Mal's concern for his brother Sandy, the character relationships were quite deep and carried the main force of the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and I am definitely going to read the next part of the series!
Ral
Where to start? The setting is fantastically detailed (but not to the point of being overboard, ala The Shadow of Black Wings). Settings as varied as he Royal palace to the darkest slums come alive in Anne's writings. The entire book is set in London, during an alternate history of the 1500s. In this history, Skraylings were discovered in the new world. Although Skrayling traders have become quite common in England by the point of the novel, they have not ever had a formal alliance with Englad. They send an ambassador, one Kiiren. Mal Catlyn, the erstwhile hero of the novel, is assigned to be his bodyguard. The problem? Mal hates Skraylings.

Why do I say the 'erstwhile hero'? One of the side characters - Jacob (Coby) stole my heart about midway through the novel. I love strong female heroines, and the wrap up of Coby's storyline at the end of the novel cinched it - Coby is awesome. At first she seems to be the classic fantasy novel trope - the female dressing as a boy in order to get to their objective - but by the end, Coby breaks free, not just breaking but shattering her mold.

I had a harder time growing to like the main character. Mal is grumpy and prejudiced. Right up until the end. He has his reasons, but I was hoping for more character development from the main character over the course of the novel. This is easily my biggest (only?) complaint.

The rest of the cast is as varied and colorful as the setting. Spies, Diplomats, a troupe of actors, royals, street rats, and more populate the streets of this book, all of them written to perfection.

As far as the Plot goes, it is not as straightforward as it seems. I won't say more because I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I loved the twist at the end. The pacing is perfect. The downtime spaced just right to make the action all the better.

I'll be honest, I didn't follow at all the bits about religion - protestant vs christian vs catholic, vs ??.... oh, my, too much to follow for someone who grew up deep in the bowels of the mormon religion they all seem the same to me. Luckily, these don't play any direct bearing on the plot that I could see. Or perhaps I just missed it? No matter.

Be warned, several of the characters are gay and there is one gay sex scene (very very tastefully done, no worries there). So if that bothers you, best to skip this jewel.

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