The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

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18 Critic Reviews

There's quite a bit of intrigue as well as a conspiracy. Unfortunately, it wasn't hard to figure out who was behind the conspiracy.
-Adventures Fantastic

Synopsis

When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods--and a skrayling ambassador--to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?

Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador's bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally--and Mal his soul.

e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-215-6


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About Anne Lyle

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Anne Lyle is a website developer and debut author from Nottinghamshire, England. She has an active website, attends UK conventions and is a dedicated Twitter user. The author lives in Cambridge, UK.
 
Published March 27, 2012 by Angry Robot. 528 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Alchemist of Souls
All: 18 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 8

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Feb 06 2012

With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.

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City Book Review

Below average
Reviewed by Kevin Brown on Apr 10 2012

The book does start off very slow, but eventually picks up the pace for an climatic ending.

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SFFWorld.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Mark Yon on Apr 01 2012

Its style is confident and I found it to be surprisingly good for a debut author.

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The British Fantasy Society

Excellent
Reviewed by Carl Barker

An outstanding debut and Lyle is certainly a name to watch for the future.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Simpson

Verdict: An engrossing read that every so often pulls the carpet out from beneath your expectations.

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The Founding Fields

Below average
Reviewed by Shadowhawk on Feb 05 2012

There just wasn’t enough resistance to the idea of homosexuality or to the practice of it and the characters sometimes could be quite blase about it, which I thought was quite surprising.

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Book Chick City

Good
Reviewed by Julia on Mar 23 2012

A mix of mystery, historical fiction, and pure fantasy, "The Alchemist of Souls" will definitely appeal across many genres.

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Falcata Times

Below average
Apr 05 2012

Sadly, that said, I did have a few problems with it such as connecting with the lead character. . .

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Civilian Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Stefan on Apr 23 2012

I think the main issue for me was that it sometimes felt that Lyle was letting the historical details take over just a tiny bit. . .

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The Eloquent Page

Good
Reviewed by Paul on Apr 05 2012

Anne Lyle’s writing manages to very effectively portray the differing faces of Tudor era England.

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I Will Read Books

Good
Reviewed by Erik Lundqvist on Mar 15 2012

It's beautifully written story of intrigue, hatred, mystery and love.

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Warpcore SF

Good
Reviewed by Ros Jackson on Sep 20 2012

The world of The Alchemist of Souls is brilliantly conceived...

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A Fantastical Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Meineke VanDerSalm on Mar 28 2012

The Alchemist of Souls is a book that will appeal to both fans of fantasy and of historical fiction.

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drying ink

Below average
Reviewed by Jacob on Jan 22 2012

The one slight 'but...' I have with characterisation here is that some of our characters seem to accept the homosexual relationships more easily than history would suggest.

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World Writ Small

Below average
Reviewed by Sven Nomadsson on Feb 13 2012

At the same time one of the author’s stylistic choices I found a bit jarring; it was common for her to leave out transitions between scenes. . .

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Interesting Things

Good
Reviewed by Steven Halter on Apr 30 2012

She has a real feel for making the characters authentic.

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Cheryl's Mewsings

Below average
Reviewed by Cheryl Morgan on Apr 18 2012

This is a first novel. Lyle is not, as yet, in the same league as Cat Valente.

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Adventures Fantastic

Below average
Reviewed by Keith on Apr 17 2012

There's quite a bit of intrigue as well as a conspiracy. Unfortunately, it wasn't hard to figure out who was behind the conspiracy.

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