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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Lyle Narrator: Michael Page Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Night’s Masque Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781455885466
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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 appointed 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.

“Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself. An outstanding debut!” —Lynn Flewelling

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  • “Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls teems with intrigue and magic worthy of the Bard himself. An outstanding debut!”

    Lynn Flewelling, Locus Award–winning author

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat Widdowson | 2/13/2014

    " Lyle's alternative Elizabethan world is beautifully constructed. 'The Alchemist of Souls' is a tale of intrigue centred around a Court and theatres drawn skillfully enough to feel authentically period yet lightly enough to enable the skraylings, Lyle's fascinating other-worldly creatures, to blend seamlessly in this meld of fantasy and history. The characters are well drawn, the pace is smooth and swift and the plot intriguing and revealed by perfectly placed degrees. Absorbing stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isolde Martyn | 2/5/2014

    " I haven't read any of Anne Lyle's books before and I bought THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS on spec at Heathrow Airport. It turned out to be a treasure -- beautifully written and excellently researched. As the blurb on the back says, it really captures the feel of Elizabethan London. Those Tudor purists among you might dislike the fantasy element but I didn't mind that one bit. I look forward to reading her other novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley Farber | 12/24/2013

    " At first what's going on is kinda hard to follow then it grabs you, pulls you in and you can find yourself right their in the pages with the characters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clifford | 11/28/2013

    " A daring alternative history with a well-crafted, fascinating race of beings whose arrival from the New World challenges the Elizabethan world and turns England and Europe upside down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dami | 11/17/2013

    " It was a good story and wrapped itself quite nicely at the end of the volume while at the same time leaving open a huge story arc so that you will have to read more and more to find out the gist of the "over-plot". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 11/14/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! Enough plot twists to keep it interesting. Looking forward to the next one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Yvonne | 8/8/2013

    " I felt like there was something missing at the beginning - like the story was starting midpoint and never really caught up. . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susanne E | 6/23/2013

    " Elizabethan London, alternative history, supernatural creatures from the New World, dueling theater troupes and some cross-dressing (well, they ARE Elizabethan actors) add up to a pretty fun read. I'll probably read #2 in the series but don't feel the need to rush into it immediately. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Palmer | 4/17/2013

    " Very good - well written, unusual, good characters. An auspicious debut. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christine | 1/16/2013

    " I admit, I'm surprised so many other people really liked this book. I struggled to make connections with any of the characters and thought that some of the magic came out of nowhere. The book didn't link together as well as I would have liked. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 10/5/2012

    " A great read. It's a fast-paced story with engaging characters, a fascinating premise, and clear respect for its readers' intelligence. It was a hard book to put down, even when it was finished. I hope it's a huge success, because I'd really love to see more from Anne Lyle in the future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 crashmstr | 9/26/2012

    " It took me a while to finish, but throughout the book I really loved and cared about Mal and Coby. I really needed to find out what was going to happen to them. I am looking forward to the sequel in December. "

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About the Author

Anne Lyle is a website developer from Nottinghamshire, England. She has an active website, attends UK conventions, and is a dedicated Twitter user. She lives in Cambridge, UK.

About the Narrator

Michael Page has been recording audiobooks since 1984 and has over two hundred titles to his credit. He has won eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and in 2012 was a winner of the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. As a professional actor, he has performed regularly since 1998 with the Peterborough Players in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He is a professor of theater at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.