A Conspiracy of Alchemists: Chronicles of Light and Shadow

A Conspiracy of Alchemists: Chronicles of Light and Shadow By Liesel Schwarz, A Conspiracy of Alchemists Chronicles of Light and Shadow In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun When an unusual cargo drags airship p
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  • Author: Liesel Schwarz
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  • A Conspiracy of Alchemists: Chronicles of Light and Shadow By Liesel Schwarz, In a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun When an unusual cargo drags airship pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical aIn a Golden Age where spark reactors power the airways, and creatures of Light and Shadow walk openly among us, a deadly game of Alchemists and Warlocks has begun When an unusual cargo drags airship pilot Elle Chance into the affairs of the mysterious Mr Marsh, she must confront her destiny and do everything in her power to stop the Alchemists from unleashing a magical apocalypse.Combining the best elements of nineteenth century gothic fiction with contemporary Steampunk, adventure, romance and the supernatural, Liesel Schwarz has crafted a truly exceptional debut, the first book in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow trilogy.
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    1. Liesel Schwarz

      Liesel Schwarz has an MA in creative writing and is currently completing her doctorate in English and creative writing at Brunel University A life long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de si cle, and the correct way to drink absinthe She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas and all subjects in between.Her debut the first in a series of Edwardian Steampunk Novels published by Random House Del Rey is out now She is also currently busy with her doctorate in English and Creative Writing at Brunel University She chooses to live in London because she loves weather there.

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    1. A Conspiracy of Alchemists is a surprisingly fun debut, a wonderful blend of steampunk, urban fantasy and paranormal romance It s perfect for fans of Meljean Brook s Iron Seas series The worldbuilding may be slightly inferior in comparison, but that s only because Meljean Brook is the untouchable queen of the genre Leisel Schwartz did not disappoint with her fabulously imaginative world full of alchemists, Nightwalkers, absint fairies and warlocks The steampunk elements were great gyrocopters an [...]

    2. Oh how painful this book was Sorry guys I m too cranky to make this a long, and drawn out affair So this will be a short and hopefully civil review.Let s cut to the chase, so here is the run down on all its shortcomings 1 The main character is SO boring She has no personality what so ever The people around her were fun than her It would have been kind of nice if this was Ernest Hemingway doing his fly on the wall story thing but it s not and this was lame at best.2 The story was just not there [...]

    3. Okay, I give up.I made a resolution this year to give each book that I begin a fair chance and read at least 50 pages before dropping it I was literally counting the pages until I could put this book down It isn t that this book was bad technically, per se, but it was incredibly boring So boring that I had a hard time focusing and getting through the story So boring that I cared not at all about any of the characters that we met sigh It is such a shame because I had high hopes for this book The [...]

    4. This keeps happening to me lately The blurb of a book sounds absolute genius, but the book itself falls far short of the mark I m the first to admit that the publishing world often baffles me, and I could be miles out here, but I m assuming that the marketing wiz writes the blurb Seems to me, and , that the blurb wizmasters should be the ones doing the writing.In fairness, I ve read a lot worse, but as a Steampunk fan who enjoys the likes of Carriger, Priest and KW Jeter, this really doesn t co [...]

    5. I m not really sure what genre to classify this under It has an urban fantasy feel, as well as some steampunk, along with paranormal warlocks, fairies plus a little mythology thrown in the mix All are elements that I love, and I really liked the uniqueness of it The story is mostly adventure and action from start to finish There isn t a lot of sitting around Elle is in danger constantly of being kidnapped, while also trying to find her kidnapped father, and she also isn t sure who to trust She t [...]

    6. A dazzling debut novel that delicately interweaves past present magnificently, creating something refreshingly original and exciting Cleverly crafted and indisputably exceptional this inspired novel astonished me, with its distinctiveness and imaginative vision Entwining acute historical detail with elements of nineteenth century gothic fiction, in addition to a classy contemporary twist makes this a most evocatively atmospheric work Spectacular steampunk embellished with impassioned romance, ac [...]

    7. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars A fun steampunk debut novel I ll admit it I m intrigued by all things steampunk Having heard some great things about this debut author, I just had to read this book I was drawn to the lovely cover The Eiffel Tower, airships, strange runes the book looked like it was full of win for me I was not disappointed I adored the world created by this author Set in both France and England at the turn of the 20th century, the story follows a young woman named Eleanor Elle C [...]

    8. I was desperate for a book that would let me escape from life for a while, and had downloaded this from NetGalley It is a perfect blend of steampunk fantasy based in just enough historical detail that you can almost believe the faeries and nightwalkers, Alchemists and Oracles The reader also gets to travel from Paris to Oxford to Vienna to Istanbul, so add this to the list of books I ll read this year that have a tie to Turkey The main character is Elle Chance, a female airship pilot in a time w [...]

    9. Three and a half stars A smart blend of steampunk, historical and paranormal.Elle is anxious to board her airship and be on her way Her friend Patrice corners her in the tea shop and asks her to transport a small box for him He is tight lipped about the contents of the box Her payment is a lovely diamond bracelet that Elle snaps on her wrist, only to find that the clasp won t undo A small absinthe fairy, immediately flies into the bracelet and takes up residence inside the diamonds Elle figures [...]

    10. Since A Conspiracy of Alchemists is Liesel Schwarz s debut novel I didn t know what to expect The cover promised a lot of steampunk ish goodness and that it will be set in Europe, Paris to be exact I am glad to say that the book fulfilled all the promises and excited my expectations It s rare to find a true steampunk novel these days A lot of them seem like steampunk is added as an after though to increase the sale but that is not the case with A Conspiracy of Alchemists This book is overflowing [...]

    11. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel ScwarzFirst in The Chronicle of Light and Shadow series3 starsEleanor Elle Chance is a pilot and she finds herself in a world she never thought to be The year is 1903 and the world is divided between light and shadow On the side of light, science is embraced and used to transform everyday life by harnessing magical energies to develop new technology With each advance of science, the shadow realm of the supernatural loses a part of itself The alchemists have a [...]

    12. Elle is not your average young lady, she isn t interested in ball gowns or finding the perfect husband and would much rather be independent She loves to fly and ever since training as a dirigible pilot she has enjoyed travelling across Europe in the ship she is so proud of When she is employed to carry a mysterious item from Paris back to London she suddenly finds herself caught up in a battle between the Alchemists and Warlocks Both sides are determined to get hold of her cargo and they will st [...]

    13. I get a little nervous when someone says a book offers a blend of genres as nine times out of ten one of those genres suffer and usually it s the one I bought the book for So it was with trepidation that I began reading A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz My fears were quickly put to rest as I slipped into this delightful steampunk fantasy wrapped in paranormal and historical elements I found I could not put this action packed tale down and quickly consumed it.The tale takes place in 19 [...]

    14. See this review and others like it at BadassBookReviews I was originally drawn to his book because of the stunning cover, but A Conspiracy of Alchemists proved to be a really fun start to this new steampunk series Liesel Schwarz has created a novel filled with quirky and humorous characters It seems like they could fill many books with the troubles I mean adventures they are sure to find themselves in Eleanor Elle Chance was wonderful as the lead female character and I liked her immediately She [...]

    15. Steampunk as a genre itself has taken off like gangbusters and we have seen an influx of stories being published and not all of them good However Steampunk author Liesel Schwarz has done a fantastic job with The Conspiracy of Alchemists Keeping true to the genre this story is full of swashbuckling adventure, Intrigue, steam powered flying machines, myth and magic What could one ask for The story follows the spirited heroine Eleanor Chance, who is in a class all her own Captain of her own airshi [...]

    16. Rating 4.9 When I was young and living among my people, the Dryad, I once had a different name But that was many years ago, at a time when anise and wormwood were nothing than plants that made up my world A time before sacred dreams could be bought for a few sugar cubes.I knew from the moment I saw her she would offer salvation But salvation often comes at a price Meet Eleanor Elle Chance airship pilot and and daughter of the famous spark reactor scientist.Flying airships is a risky business Bu [...]

    17. Though society would much prefer that Eleanor Chance to remain docile, akin to all women of good breeding, Eleanor refuses to live such a confined life Having turned her back on a making a good match at her debut, Eleanor now supports herself as a dirigible pilot transferring freight Things were going well for Eleanor until Patrice, an acquaintance, arranged for Eleanor to fly a small package from France to England, much to the distress of Mr Hugh Marsh From the moment Hugh and Eleanor meet ther [...]

    18. A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz is another in a recent spate of alternate history steampunk fantasies I have not been disappointed with these offerings.Elle Chance, a pilot of an airship, raised by her famous inventor father, is swept up in the war between the light and the dark Her father has been kidnapped by agents of the shadow She wants him back Of course, it is not chance that Chance is swept up in events, as she, unbeknownst to herself, has a magical birthright of immense pow [...]

    19. Disclosure I received a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.Conspiracy of Alchemists is a refreshing change to the current spate of urban fantasy As the first novel in what I hope will be a series, the readers are introduced to a unique world where steampunk and magic are mixed into a delightful universe The heroine, Elle Chance, has a strength and vulnerability that I Iook forward to seeing develop as the character matures I also enjoyed the way the major and minor supporting [...]

    20. Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.Quick Dirty Elle s hidden gift is all that can keep the world in balance and running from her destiny could prove dangerous than embarrassing who she really is.Opening Sentence This was the place where people came to give their souls to fairies.The Review Schwarz has created an amazing universe in this book The world is divided into Light and Shadow Everything in the Light believes only in science and solid fact while the Shadow is made up of all the magic o [...]

    21. A Conspiracy of Alchemists is a steampunk novel Elle Chance is a pilot and has come to Paris to transport some cargo via her regular contact, Patrice The cargo turns out to be a mysterious box and it comes with a passenger, the irritating Mr Marsh Before she leaves Paris, Elle is attacked and rescued by Mr Marsh leading them to race to England to evade the forces that have targeted Elle The world building in this novel was pretty interesting with fairies and other mythical creatures being common [...]

    22. 3.5 StarsThe first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover I saw a huge posted at the Del Rey booth at Comic Con last year and immediately wanted to buy it, only to find out it wasn t coming out until this year.Could it be one of those cases where the cover misled me Just a little Even though the cover is very much representative of the story And the story was very interesting It just fell a little flat in some parts.I m a little confused as to how to classify the book to begin with I [...]

    23. On a recent trip to Paris, I visited my favourite Parisian bookshop, Shakespeare Company, situated in the breath taking region of Notre Dame Cathedral It was an especially welcomed visit on a particularly cold and rainy day This was the first book that I selected fron the vast shelves of books The cracking book cover first drew me in However, it soon turned out to be a book that I particularly liked the sound of Interestingly, the book begins in Paris in 1903 that sfate if you ask me It will com [...]

    24. A Conspiracy of Alchemists follows Elle Chance, female dirigible pilot in an alternate early 20th century In this world, alchemists and warlocks subtly grapple for the limited magical power that remains Vampires and alchemists are allies, and absinthe fairies are sustained only by alcohol, preferably absinthe Light technology, science, and reason is echoed and opposed by Shadow, the magical forces and beings in the world.The novel opens with a new commission for Elle, who is given a mysterious f [...]

    25. This is the first in The Chronicles of Light and Shadow series, and it was a great start to a new Urban Fantasy and Steampunk series This starts off with an action packed beginning, and I knew I was in for something that was going to be interesting and something that I would not want to put down.We first our two main characters, Eleanor Elle and Hugh Marsh Marsh , when Elle arrives in Paris to meet a prospective client She has been hired to carry a couple parcels to England Elle is inquisitive b [...]

    26. Genre Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Steampunk Rating 3.5 My Thoughts A Conspiracy of Alchemists features Eleanor Elle Chance a dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure who just happens to have something of a predetermined destiny in becoming the next Oracle or Pythia The world in which Schwartz creates is one that combines the elements of urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance The story is set in 1903 where the world itself is divided into two reigning factions Light those who [...]

    27. An enchanting read A Conspiracy of Alchemists really is a book that encompasses many genres steampunk, historical fiction, romance, paranormal, fantasy, mystery, adventure Where else can you find absinthe fairies, Alchemists, Warlocks, ancient goddesses, dirigibles, gyrocopters, Paris, Constantinople, The Shadow World, heartwarming romance and a good old fashioned adventure I m so glad I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book I went solely on the title cover, and the mention of [...]

    28. In view of the cover, I imagined a heroine with a temper due to the pistol by her side A mystery adventure like The Mummy by Stephen Sommers with a touch of elegance and refinement All these clues with nothing but a simple picture cover Lucky me, my imagination is fertile After reading the synopsis, I thought that I had good nose or a great intuition So, I embarked on a delightful adventure full of rhythm From the first pages, I was not disappointed There are intriguing characters, suspense and [...]

    29. I received an advance reader copy of this book through NetGalley.I ve been reading a lot of steampunk, and have been disappointed by a number of titles Some of them think throwing in a few airships and goggles is all the genre needs This one hits the steampunk vibe just right it s dark, it utilizes the technology, and it features a smart and savvy heroine who struggles against the expectations of propriety for a woman in her time It s set in the Belle Epoch, only a few years into the 20th centur [...]

    30. Disclaimer Received from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for my honest review This was a fun, well paced steampunk fantasy romance I thought it was a strong start to a new series that I will be snatching as soon as available It starts off with intrigue and action and keeps it up throughout the book I loved the absinthe fairies and the inner monologue of Adele as she travels with Elle on her adventure I ve always liked Wonder Woman and the archetype of strong, self efficient feminine lead [...]

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