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Sunday, March 31, 2013

dirigibles, absinthe drinkers and dens of inequity

A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1) by Leisel Schwarz 

 

Enter into the heady steampunk world of Victorian England and Paris--absinthe drinkers, dens of inequity, and alchemists' accruements. Add to this the faerie world of shadow and light and the Victorian era take on an altogether different hue.
The pivotal character is Aviatrix Elle, pilot of a 40 ' dirigible,
When meeting a client, Mr. Marsh, an occultist, in an opium den (absinthe cafe) a diamond bracelet attaches itself to her arm. This is the age of reason and for Elle, electromancy can be explained by science but occultism is a different to- be- avoided realm.
Attacks in Paris, a foiled kidnapped attempt, and dramatic getaway from a Paris field is followed by other troubles back in England. Her father is kidnapped, the plot is afoot, and occultism comes to the fore.
                                        A lively read!


                                        A Netgalley ARC

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