Apr 1, 2013

Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists


Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure and the heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.

It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transformed everyday life by harnessing magical energies to ingenious new technologies. But each advance of science has come at the expense of shadow—the traditional realm of the supernatural.

Now two ancient powers are preparing to strike back. Blood-sucking immortal Nightwalkers and their spellcasting Alchemist allies have a plan to cover the whole world in shadow. All they require is the sacrifice of a certain young woman whose past conceals a dangerous secret.

But when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for. This enterprising young woman, the daughter of a scientific genius, has reserves of bravery and determination that even she scarcely suspects. Now she is about to meet her match in more ways than one: a handsome yet infuriating Warlock named Hugh Marsh, whose agenda is as suspect as his charms are annoyingly irresistible.

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First of all, let me get this out of the way.  I freakin' loved this book!  The blend of steampunk and paranormal was magnificent!  

Now that is out of the way, on to the review.  A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS is Ms. Schwarz's debut novel yet she has already mastered the craft of world building and characterization.  I had not an issue one with placing myself along side Elle and Marsh as they go harrowing off trying to rescue a stolen item.  We travel from Paris to England to Venice and onto Constantinople as we experience both the best and the worst of what the far flung cities have to offer.

There isn't a dull moment to be found between the danger that lurks at all around them and the witty dialogue between the characters.  Elle is definitely a unique woman for that time and Marsh really learns to appreciate her as time rushes by.

I highly recommend  A CONSPIRACY OF ALCHEMISTS to my readers that both enjoy steampunk and the paranormal.  It is one wild ride that is sure to please.  I rate this book a 4.7.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.
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