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Main characters are very likable.
The plot is fascinating, the writing beautiful, the characters interesting, believable and all true to the strangely familiar world that Anne Lyle creates around them.
The Alchemist of Souls is a book that will appeal to both fans of fantasy and of historical fiction.
The concept behind this alternative history fantasy quite intrigued me, a very literary woman. However the literary fantasy gets completely lost in an exploration of gender and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gilly
Really loved how well she slipped in the new race. Main characters are very likable. I'd like to read the next book in the series.Published 3 months ago by JoAnn Roa
Swashbuckling, sure, if you parse out your action with the miserly hand of lesser Gothic work. The ideas populating this alternate Elizabethan universe are interesting, but... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Wilbur
Nice read. I liked the first 3/4 better, but over all good story building, some smirks and attention to historical detailPublished 6 months ago by syram
I love Elizabethan, Renaissance, and Shakespearean stories, and this novel did not disappoint! I liked the alternate history and the integration of magic into the story, along with... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kristen S. Walker
Really enjoyed this. Characters who have flaws but are still very likeable, combined with a unique setting, plus a story line that touches on issues of gender, caring for disabled... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Eider
4.5 Stars! The Alchemist of Souls is a wonderfully original, creative work of alternate history and fantasy. I am so pleased to have discovered it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by rann
The Alchemist of Souls is set in a quite accurate (except for the “alternate" part) Elizabethan England. It involves personal secrets, subterfuge and political gambits. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joe Frazier
Where to start? The setting is fantastically detailed (but not to the point of being overboard, ala The Shadow of Black Wings). Read morePublished 14 months ago by Madison Keller