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The Chemickal Marriage

(The Glass Books #3)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  687 ratings  ·  75 reviews
Miss Temple, young, wealthy and far away from home, never wanted to be a heroine. Yet her fiancé is dead - admittedly by her own hand - her companions slain and her nemesis, the terrifyingly wicked Contessa Lacquer-Sforza, still at large. It falls upon Miss Temple's tiny shoulders to destroy a deadly cabal whose alchemy threatens to enslave the world.

But Dr Svenson and Car
Paperback, 516 pages
Published 2013 by Penguin Books (first published July 5th 2012)
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mark monday
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fog-and-gears

(1) A Song of Ice and Fire. I mean duh that's obvious, no one besides GRRM can imagine what a curtain in some castle somewhere looks like, scene after scene, he's gonna totally describe those curtains. it's awesome.

(2) Jonathan Strange & Mr
I'm not really sure how to go about reviewing this. First of all, if you're unfamiliar with Dahlquist, I should point out that The Chemickal Marriage is the third, and last, book in a series that began with The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and continued with The Dark Volume. If you're at all interested in this book, I can't emphasise enough how important it is that you should start with the first of the three - both because it's absolutely fantastic, and because the others will make no sense ...more
Thomas Rau
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Maybe 2 1/2 stars. I still like the idea, and I cherish the memory of reading the first part of the trilogy. This time, the usual protagonists spend chapter after chapter running away, occasionally together but usually separately (at one time meeting each other briefly in flight, barely nodding and exchanging information, then racing on to their various goals), through a variety of quite atmospheric sets. It got a bit tedious after a while. Felt like a computer game, first person perspective. St ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miss Temple paces her hotel room, believing her companions to be dead. She arms herself, prepares for the worst, heads unquestioningly back into the fray. It does her characterisation justice that one never believes for a moment that she could do anything else. She has taken this path, and doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She is a great creation. Alongside the evil, beautiful, ruthless and irresistible Contessa, they stand as two of the best creations in recent fiction. Spending time in t ...more
Sam Woodward
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Well they certainly sneaked this one past me! The last book in Dahlquist's trilogy, I've been excitedly awaiting this volume for quite some time. And yet despite regularly searching Amazon with crossed fingers, I only spotted it by chance on a shelf under authors beginning with 'D' in a high street bookshop. It wasn't even on their 'new releases' display shelf. This lack of publicity demonstrates that the publishers have far less faith in Dahlquist's work flying off the shelves than when they in ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
I've been so looking forward to this one. So much so that I've reread the first two books in hopes of keeping it's convoluted plot and vast character list in my head. Sadly I did only slightly better than the first time, yet still enjoyed the ride.

By now the authors technique of splitting and then rejoining the three central characters is well engrained. I count on it at this point, but consolidating the three points of view make keeping the overall arc of the plot in my head somewhat of a chall
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At long last, the saga concludes.

I had been waiting for this ever since the indeterminate ending of book 2 -- could that volume have really been the end? Lucky for us all, the third book has emerged, and was incredibly fun.

The steampunk focus of the previous novels remains present, but there is a slightly more political and personal bent to this story; the stakes have gone up, the number of characters has dropped, and the mysteries of the characters are being revealed. The incredible depth of th
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I'm so excited. Been waiting for this for years!
Could have been rated less but if treated as a stanadalone then middle for diddle is fair.

Best I review the trilogy as a whole really.... I really loved the first of the trilogy as it was very different & an enjoyable & entertaining steampunk romp, in truth (2 books later) it should well have ended there & could have done so as it came to a neat conclusion. The rest of the trilogy is ok, maybe just better than average at times but it is for the most part déjà vu as nothing really exc
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This, for me, was a wonderfully satisfying conclusion to the Glass Books trilogy. Based on a real Rosicrucian text, set in a steampunk-esque world, with three of my favourite characters ever, with some neat ideas, sex, murder, mayhem and a brilliantly conceived conspiracy, I'm sad that the story has ended.
So, the writing is crisp, everything driving the story forward, but with a lushness of language that provides a baroque or gothic feel.

I'd like to say more, but I can't say enough good things
Jun 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and am only sad that it is over. Everything about it is beautifully original, from the fantastic plot right down to the dialogue. I can only hope Dahlquist continues writing novels. This trilogy has left me with some new favourite characters, a few very vivid dreams, and a habit of double-taking at the sight of green ankle boots.
So comes the dénouement ... On a par with the first book ... interesting characters, intriguing plot twists, dark and exciting settings; I enjoyed this finale but there were times when I genuinely had no idea what was going on!? Verbose passages of dialogue and description were confusing and, at times, unnecessary but I sincerely wanted to know what finally happens to Miss Temple, Doctor Svenson and Cardinal Chang after being bizarrely thrown together and launched on a terrifying 'adventure' of ...more
Jul 01, 2013 rated it did not like it
Gosh, what drivel.

I loved the first book in this trilogy and was excited about the second. That already let me down somewhat, largely due to my edition (the purple penguin version) giving away a MAJOR spoiler on the blurb. I was unsatisfied by the ending, but didn't follow it up.

Imagine my surprise and delight when my sister got me this for Christmas! I had no idea Dahlquist had written a third volume and I dove right in.

My, was I disappointed. Dahlquist tries to drag out about 100 pages wort
Jul 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, complex, engrossing. You can't read it fast, as you really need some time to digest the information you are given. I've missed out on a book two as well, but the prologue in the beginning will actually give you a brief description of what happened in previous two books so you won't feel lost when the action starts right where it left in book #2.

You won't find repetition in Gordon's writing, so you have to stay sharp. He also describes the same situation from three points of
Rebecca eley
Aug 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers of first two
Recommended to Rebecca by: first two
I enjoyed all of the books in the series but this was my least favourite. It could easily have been several pages and some twists shorter for me. With the first two the turns kept me turning the page. With this I put the books down to read another in the middle.

At the end of the second book you are left not sure of who is dead and who is alive. Well Chang, Miss Temple, Dr Svenson and the Contessa are all alive if not well and continue on their merry way. As with the first books there are many tw
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasyandscifi
Only wish I could give it 4.5 stars. The final instalment of a trilogy with some of the best characters and a fast paced plot. Not sure what I'm going to do without Cardinal Chang, Celeste Temple and Dr Svenson.
Aug 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I love this series. I love this book. Some day very soon I'm going to marathon all three of together and it's going to be glorious!
Melanie Wilson
Jul 04, 2012 marked it as to-read
FINALLY! So excited. Can't wait.
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A fantastic trilogy but this was probably my least favourite. Each book gets more and more complex and more frantic, with character careening through an often bewildering scene that takes at least two reading to even begin to comprehend. I personally enjoy working to fully understand a book, but this may not be everyone's cup of tea.
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The explosive finish to the trilogy. Some of the twists and turns I had seen coming, others not as much. The ending is about what you'd expect from the characters. I'm glad two of them intertwine their fates together :)

Great read, Gordon! Thank you!
Kate Downey
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is great fun. Not my usual reading matter but I came across the first in this series in a quirky bookshop and went with quirk. I will never underestimate Steampunk again. Impeccable writing, superb pace and repartee. Snorted with amusement all the way through. Loved it!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Вот и закончила я читать сию эпопею.. Растянулось надолго, однако.. Читать было тяжеловато, но история уж больно необычная и герои симпатичные, бросать было жалко..
Tammy Sleet
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best of the three! Such a wonderful ending to the series. I was sad to finish it!
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I finally finished this trilogy. Although, after the previous book ("The Dark Volume") I had some qualms about jumping into "The Chemickal Marriage" right away, I did want to finish this story and move on with my life. In the end, I was not disappointed. It was a fun ride, action-packed and mostly exciting, but it failed to permanently engrave stupendous loving memories within my soul. I have no regrets reading the trilogy, but I did not feel the exquisite need of picking the first one up imm ...more
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
As I've observed almost every time I reach the end of a series, it's hard to review a book so dependent on what comes before. How do you discuss things with constant reference to the prior two books, how indeed do you recommend a book beyond "Go read the first ones dummy". Because honestly, if you've stuck through the prior two, you'll certainly enjoy this one. Though I will note that isn't a universal. There are series whose quality just drops off markedly.

I will say that I think the first book
Dec 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
This series is a guilty pleasure of mine. There is something intoxicating about the relentlessness of the narrative - all the running along corridors, down secret passages, grabbing mysterious objects from hidden rooms, being captured by bands of soldiers, making daring escapes, fighting villains, etc, etc. The pace never lets up and there is an endless parade of wonderfully-named characters of mixed morals and uncertain loyalties. Vicious villainesses and nefarious noblemen abound. The whole se ...more
elizabeth • paper ghosts

Vol. 1 // Vol. 2 // Vol. 3

I started this series all the way back in 2010, and I wasn't 100% sure what to expect in this last installment. I was surprised by how easily I fell back into the story (the glossary of characters in the back was handy, though), and how much I really enjoyed it, especially after looking back at my more lackluster comments on the previous volumes.

The pace is quite literally nonstop, with barely any breathers between action sequences. Scenes change so rapidly at times, i
Chris Branch
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I enjoyed this one, though not quite as much as the earlier ones in the series (The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume One, The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters, Volume Two and The Dark Volume). The writing is polished, the protagonists are quirky and interesting, and the story is cleverly dark. There is a strong thread of eroticism throughout the books that's not my usual style, but I have no complaints about the way it was handled. The plot is convoluted, but less so in this volume than th ...more
Tim Huntley
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
The Chemickal Marriage starts wonderfully, following an aggrieved Miss Temple as she plots her revenge on the remaining members of the Blue Glass Cabal from her rooms at the Hotel Boniface (who, incidentally, seem to be rather gracious hosts given the sheer carnage that seems to follow Miss Temple at every turn). Celeste Temple, along with the fantastically venemous Contessa Lacquer-Sforza, continue to shine as they have done throughout the trilogy as whole but the final instalment of this serie ...more
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