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The Poison Master by Liz Williams
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Jul 14, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: 2011-reads, science-fiction
Read from July 14 to 21, 2011

This was a really unusual book--I can't think of anything to compare to it in terms of plot or originality. Although it has science fiction elements (interplanetary travel), there is also a strong sense of the fantastical (mysterious creatures, mystical transport). We have a swoon-worthy, enigmatic poison master who seeks out the heroine, an alchemist, for assistance in destroying the evil beings who rule her world.

The story is told from the heroine perspective, and much of the tension comes from her inability to trust the poison master (for which she has good reason). Williams pays a lot of attention to character and setting. There's good pacing, mystery, and even a bit of romance. If you're in the mood for something out of the ordinary, The Poison Master is a good bet.

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