A Conspiracy of Alchemists
Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1
by: Liesel Schwarz
Del Rey Books
Historical / Steampunk
Released: March 5, 2013
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.
Elle is a talented dirigible pilot who is offered a job to bring Hugh back to England. It seems pretty straightforward, until people start trying to kidnap her. And when she gets home and finds her father's been kidnapped, she'll stop at nothing to save him. It was a book filled with intrigue, deception, betrayal, romance, adventure, and dirigibles. Elle's ability to carry on despite overwhelming odds was endearing, as was her determination to do whatever it took to save the ones she loved. Hugh was a complex character, full of secrets of his own, some of which didn't coincide with Elle's. It was a good start to a new series.
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