Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz

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

  • By Liesel Schwarz
  • Editions: ebook, hardcover, paperback
  • Expected publication: March 5th 2013 by Del Rey
  • Genre: YA Steampunk / Paranormal
  • Source: NetGalley
  • In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun.

    When an unusual cargo drags airship-pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr. Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.

    Discover the thrilling new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.
    ~ Goodreads

  • Bomy’s Flutter: a steampunk jewel

  • Oh my Steampunk God! This is the short and sweet way to describe this beauty we’re talking about today. I loved this so, so much! Just wow reading.

    The world of this novel was absolutely fantastic. We’re talking historical Paris, England, Constantinople, plus the beauty of gyrocopters, dirigibles, alchemists, Nightwalkers, warlocks – come on. You know you’re already fascinated. I know I am. There’s endless beauty to this world.

    Elle was awesome. In a time of neatness and lady-like composure she was piloting dirigibles, going on adventures around the world and always but always managing the impress the heck out of me. There’s a special mix of class, guts and charm that hit me about her, an air of vulnerability yet so much courage and loyalty, I simply loved. There was no way to not love Marsh, either. The way he evolved throughout the read was very interesting to me, how he set his priorities straight and kept his moral compass within reach at all times. Plus they had a sizzling chemistry going on from the very beginning and I just loved them together. They both had humor but coupled with manners and all it was downright cracking me up at times and making me sigh overall.
    Other characters were intriguing, like Patrice and Elle’s father sure did make an impression, not to mention their housekeeper. This author’s characters are all very lively, realistic and strong, they feel strong even when they make a succinct appearance and they always do make an impression.

    I deeply enjoyed the plot, a beautiful blend of adventure and romance with high stakes and lots of tension. Steampunk and paranormal elements mixed beautifully.
    But the highlight of this novel, for me, was the writing. We’re talking a third person narrative focusing on the protagonists but also giving glimpses of the antagonists as events unfold, plus the insight of a lovely magic creature. This along with the beautiful prose and lavish descriptions (often when it came to food, which was sort of fun) won me over completely. There’s something absolutely delightful about the way classic, more old-school-like beauty shines through in this novel, and it’s a sort of beauty that both fits the genre and plot as well as my own personal tastes. You’ll see what I mean when you read it, there’s something of the Old World charm about the very writing of the novel.

    The curb appeal is compulsive buy material without a doubt, I mean just look at that cover! I’d say this is Young Adult material since the romance is sweet and the focus is more on adventure and action, but the writing might appeal more to adults or new adults perhaps. I’ll be definitely following this series, I can tell you that much right now.

    All in all, I say if you like steampunk you definitely have to give this jewel a try. It would be a sin not to, really.

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