Sunday, June 16, 2013

A Conspiracy of Alchemists

Book One in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow

Liesel Schwarz

LEAVE IT TO CHANCE. 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 (from Netgalley)
My Thoughts

I have a very bad habit of sometimes starting a series without reading the first book. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn’t. I am so glad I got to start this series with book #1. I am now a part of the Elle and Marsh fan club! This book was so much fun. There was lots of suspense as to how this book was going to end - who would survive to move on to the next book?

Ms. Schwarz has written an amazing mix of fantasy and steampunk with just enough romance to keep the plot enticing. An outstanding debut and I am looking forward to continuing with this story.

Thanks to Random House Publishing and Netgalley for allowing me to read this in exchange for an unbiased review.

Publish date: March 5, 2013.

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