Sunday, April 14, 2013
Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists
Book 1 in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow series
AUTHOR: Liesel Schwarz
PUBLISHED: March 2013 (in the US)
CATEGORY: Adult Fiction
GENRE: Steampunk, Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Vampires
PREMISE: When Elle agrees to a job she meets Marsh and is given more than she bargained for.
MY REVIEW: Sometimes books are written for pure entertainment purposes. Especially nowadays with books being such the large market they've become. And you know what? I have no problem with this. I know some have lamented about the decline in good books and have blamed this, but really good books have always been hard to come by and there have always been things that were written just for entertainment long before Fifty Shades of Gray came along or genre fiction became popular.
A Conspiracy of Alchemists is one of those books that was written mainly to entertain and it does indeed do that. Elle is a fun character and I really do love this world Schwarz created. It's large and creative. Could the story be more original? Sure. But the author isn't trying to write the best book in the world here and that's perfectly fine. There are some things that could be worked on (Marsh's sexism I didn't particularly care for even if I get that it's 1903).
But for the most part, this was a fun book that did it's main job: to entertain. If you are into the steampunk genre/vampire urban fantasy stuff. This book will be fun for you as it was for me. Look forward to the next adventure which is scheduled for a August release in the US.
WHO SHOULD READ: Steampunk fans, Paranormal Protectorate fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five durigibles
Many thanks to Del Ray for the Netgalley ebook ARC.