A Conspiracy of Alchemists (The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1)
Eleanor “Elle” Chance, that is—a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure and the heroine of this edgy new series that transforms elements of urban fantasy, steampunk, and paranormal romance into pure storytelling gold.
It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transfor ...more
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 more 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ro ...more
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 El ...more
The main character is Elle Chance, a female airship pilot in a time ...more
'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 more 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 ri ...more
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 ...more
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 more 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 i ...more
The tale takes place in ...more
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 suppor ...more
Quick & Dirty: Elle’s hidden gift is all that can keep the world in balance and running from her destiny could prove more dangerous than embarrassing who she really is.
Opening Sentence: This was the place where people came to give their souls to fairies.
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 a ...more
The story follows the spirited heroine Eleanor Chance, who is in a class all her own. Captain of her ...more
The world building in this novel was pretty interesting with fairies and other mythical creatures being ...more
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 inquisi ...more
Eleanor "Elle" Chance doesn't live her life according to society's expectations. She would much rather be flying her airship and having adventures than finding a suitable match in fashionable London society and settling down. Little does she know that this latest job will turn her well-ordered, scientific world on its head. Accepting a job from Hugh Marsh, a mysterious member of the nobility, and an attempted kidnapping puts Elle in the middle of ...more
First in The Chronicle of Light and Shadow series
Eleanor “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 alchemist...more
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 ce ...more
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 fi ...more
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 me ...more
The novel opens with a new commission for Elle, who is given a myste ...more
The main characters have a very strange relationship: it's the typical "I lik ...more
And after a rip-roaring start the pace slows a bit and Elle manages to escape to Oxford with her companions Patrice and Mr Marsh but finds out that her father has been kidnapped. Bit-by-bit, with the help (or hindrance) of Mr Marsh or Lord Greychester a ...more
The 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 ...more
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 ...more
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A life-long fan of 19th Century Gothic literature, she is a hopeless romantic and loves Victorians, steampunk, fairies, fantasy monsters, the Fin de siècle, and the correct way to drink absinthe. She also likes Medieval stuff, pirates, zombies, space operas a ...more