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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:
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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-the-heels 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.

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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

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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