The Poison Master by Liz Williams

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Enslaved on an isolated planet, an alchemist fights to free her sister—and mankind
Latent Emanation is a cruel world where ordinary people do everything they can to stay out of the way of their vicious masters, the mysterious Night Lords. Apprentice alchemist Alivet Dee is more cautious than most, having devoted her life to making enough money to buy back her imprisoned sister from the Night Lords—but trouble is about to find her. When a client dies during a routine alchemical session, Alivet flees—pursued by the Night Lords, their minions, and a dark force that haunts her dreams.
She is rescued by Ghairen, a Poison Master from another world who offers her a chance to save her sister—and humanity, as well. He is charming and handsome, with ruby-red eyes that glow in the night—but how can she trust a professional assassin? As she proceeds warily alongside the Poison Master, Alivet finds a chance not just to save mankind, but to unlock the mysteries of humanity’s very existence.  

About Liz Williams

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Liz Williams is the daughter of a conjuror and a Gothic novelist, and currently lives in Brighton, England. She has a PhD in philosophy of science from Cambridge and her anti-career ranges from reading tarot cards on Brighton pier to teaching in Central Asia. She has had short fiction published in "Asimov's," "Interzone," "The Third Alternative" and "Visionary Tongue," among others, and is co-editor of the recent anthology "Fabulous Brighton." She is also the current secretary of the Milford UK SF Writers' Workshop. BANNER OF SOULS is her fifth novel, proceeded by Nine Layers of Sky, The Poison Master, Empire of Bones and The Ghost Sister, and she is currently at work on her sixth. "From the Paperback edition.
Published September 17, 2013 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy. 403 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, War. Fiction

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The possibilities inherent in John Dee's contribution to the story devolves more and more into narrative device, and the inclusion of alchemical and mythological motifs never assume their full metaphoric potential, existing only as exotic tropes or conceits unable to free themselves of the surfac...

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