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Mercury Retrograde

(Dark Alchemy #2)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  267 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Something venomous has come to Temperance …

It's been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance's resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pa
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Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Harper Voyager Impulse
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Bonnie
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Shelley
**I received this book for free from (Publisher) via (Edelweiss) in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 4

*My Thoughts*


Geologist Petra Dee returns in Mercury Retrograde, the second installment in author Laura Bickle's Dark Alchemy series. It has been two months since Petra came to Temperance and ended up in the middle of a war between a psychotic drug dealing alchemist named Shroud, and cattle baron
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Tammie
At the beginning of Mercury Retrograde it has been 2 months since the events in Dark Alchemy. This time around Petra Dee finds herself battling a basilisk and a female motorcycle gang/cult who call themselves The Sisters of Serpens. I'll give you one guess what they worship. It's also been 2 months since Gabe last spoke to Petra. The ending of Dark Alchemy was rather heart wrenching as far as Gabe went and was the main thing that kept me reading this series.

While I did not find this book as good
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Jessica
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Starts with Petra having an internal monolog trying to figure out how to rebuild a motorcycle, including a sidecar for her animal companion Sig.

Ends, once again, with me saying "poor Cal."
Leeanna
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review originally appeared on my blog, Leeanna.me.

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As a fan of Laura Bickle, I was excited to see that she was continuing her Dark Alchemy series. Earlier in the year, I read DARK ALCHEMY and enjoyed it, but I wasn’t sure if it was a standalone or not. So I was quite happy to see MERCURY RETROGRADE pop up on my radar.

MERCURY RETROGRADE picks up two months after DARK ALCHEMY. Although I recommend reading the first book, I think you could read MERCURY RETROGRADE as a standalone and be o
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Laura Thomas
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lots of stuff happening in this second book. Too much to tell without spoiling it for you. I'll do my best.

We're back with Petra and her loyal companion, Sig, and they are quickly drawn into the mystery of a giant serpent slithering through the park, killing in horrific ways. The hunt is on.

And Gabe and the other Hanged Men are also hunting the Basilisk. They need its blood to save the alchemy tree that gives them life. It's dying and the serpents blood might be their last chance to save it, and
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Cornerofmadness
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
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Literati Literature Lovers
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love and Loss

This second Dark Alchemy centers around loss, as Petra comes to terms with Gabe being lost to her, and her father also being lost in his Alzheimer’s. The book starts out action packed with a death of a camping family which is extremely similar to the one park ranger Mike described in the first book, death by toxic gas from a Yellowstone mudpot. But all is not what it seems and the supernatural is to blame. The book is pretty action oriented, with Cal suffering from mercury poisonin
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Leann Feldt
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved!

I enjoyed every page! Fantastic world creation, great characters . Loved the monsters too. Highly recommended.😃😃😃 😃 😃 😃 😃
Maureen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good Read

I enjoyed the two books in this series. Just enough weirdness to keep me interested. I am looking forward to the next in the series if there is one!
Robin
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I give 5 stars to anything I can't put down and this was one of those. I'd call it rural fantasy and it's well done. Weird and different plot with good solid characters.
Beth
Nov 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come on vampirebookclub.net
Nicki
4* story 5* narration. Great heroine lead fantasy with hints of horror and romance.
Jana Denardo
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Petra is the strong smart UF heroine done right. This series needs more love.
Samantha
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Summary from Goodreads:

"Something venomous has come to Temperance …

It's been two months since Petra Dee and her coyote sidekick Sig faced off against Temperance's resident alchemist, but things are far from quiet. When an Internet video of a massive snake in the backcountry of Yellowstone goes viral, a chase for the mythical basilisk is on. Monster hunters swarm into the area, and never one to pass up the promise of discovery, Petra joins in the search.

Among the newcomers is a snake cult on whee
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Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
Mercury Retrograde is an excellent addition to the Dark Alchemy series by Laura Bickle. I enjoyed this one as much as the first book. My attention was captured on the first page. I never lost interest throughout the story. It was fast-paced, exciting, dark at times, and humorous at other times. It’s a great mixture of a thriller, romance, and a dark fantasy, with a unique cast of characters and an atypical setting.

I enjoyed how Laura Bickle mixed different mythologies with alchemy. For example,
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Maghon Thomas
I love Laura Bickle! She is just fantastic, and I love that she is so different from any other author on the planet. I have read just about everything from her, and when I read the first book, I was really hoping I would get more. And yes I did! Book two may be just as good if not better as book one! There's a little time that has past since book one, and there's a little recap from book one in case you haven't read it. But I so vote to read book one, not because you would be confused but becaus ...more
Emily
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Note: I ended up reading book 3 before I touched book 1 or 2. I tried to pretend this didn't happen when I read this book.

Much of what I liked from the other book holds true in this one as well: setting, mood, characterization. Additionally, I enjoyed the adversaries in this book, the Snake Sisters. Though they were pitted against Petra and Gabe's goals and had their own moral code, they garnered sympathy from me, even if they were extreme. I am glad that Cal and the aftermath of the confrontati
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Vickie
I LOVE THIS SERIES AND THIS AUTHOR! Each series Laura Bickle writes is a unique voice. Dark Alchemy is especially intriguing with its magic and mythology in a weird Western big ol' mixture of superb! I was hoping that there would be a return to hang with Petra and her world and I got my wish. This is just a fantastic sequel to DARK ALCHEMY.
Petra is still reeling from the events that led her to this neck of Yellowstone and what occurred once she arrived. Now she is asked to accompany a team to h
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Carien
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: uf, favorites
I'm a total fanpiggy when it comes to Laura Bickle, so it might not surprise you I got my trotters on this book as soon as I could. I even debated if I should get the ebook, so I could read it sooner, but I wanted the print version to hug and pet.

And this book was worth the extra wait.

I love Petra and Sig, they're an awesome team. Petra has had enough happening to her she's sensible and smart. She doesn't just run into things blind. That doesn't mean she's not caught by surprise at times.

There'
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Ian Mathers
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, rt
I actually think the first book in this series is a little better, but this is a solidly enjoyable follow up and it definitely sets things up nicely for a third book. Nothing here is bad, it's just that the character stuff with Petra doesn't feel like it expands on anything much and while the biker gang is fascinating ultimately it feels like more could have been done with them. Or, basically; what's here is good, but like 75% of the way through I realized some of the stuff I thought would get e ...more
Craig
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This sequel to Dark Alchemy is a fun fantasy adventure, though I didn't like it nearly as well as the first book. With a lot of interesting characters to choose from, this one focuses too much on Cal, and I never really could get myself to care much what happened to him. The mixture of science and mythology is well handled, and the motorcycle gang and Gabe's partners are quite entertaining, as, of course, are Petra and her sidekick Sig. (Her homemade weapon is terrific.) Altogether a fun read, t ...more
Miriam
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, paranormal
Bickle once again delivers a spine-tingling paranormal adventure story. She provides enough back-story for first time readers and brings in the recurring characters. Of course, she sets up the ending for another installment of Dark Alchemy for fans.

Mercury Retrograde has something for every reader; a little magic, some violence, the supernatural world of dreams and spirits, and a little romance.

A longer review will appear in Ohioana Library Newsletter http://www.ohioana.org
Josie Boyce
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Dark Alchemy, Laura Bickle kicks up the writing a notch or seven. Even better book? Yes, as if you enjoyed the first book, you are already invested in all the quirky characters of Temperance Wy. All women biker gang/snake goddess cults? Check, crazy alchemy emo boy subplots. Romance with a dead zombie tree man in a nice hat? Yes! Giant snake goddess who just wants some adoration? Yup. Looking forward to any more adventures in this weird alchemical western world!
Talk Supe
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I liked this but didn't love it like the first book. I don't know exactly what it is, its as dark and fantastical as the first book, but I wasn't as engaged.

If this is just a duology, I'm happy with the ending. its bittersweet and wrapped the storylines nicely.
Angela
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really interested to see what happens in the third book in the series.
Nicole Luiken
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy, ebook
Really enjoying this fast-paced series. Unique Yellowstone setting combined with alchemy, a heroine who's a geologist, the spooky Hanged Men, snake cultists and a basilisk.
Nervous Nellie Justice
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reviewed
Fantastic sequel!

I love the characters, the setting and the premise. There are twists and turns that surprised me and the ending was fitting. More review to come....
Jillian
While not as captivating as the first volume, Bickle's imagination and heart are present on every page, and she certainly leaves readers anticipating a sequel.
Beverly J.
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable romp. My reactions ran the gamut from "Oh! That's cool!" to groaning and rolling my eyes. All in all I liked the first one and I liked this one. I'm onboard for more
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Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories ab ...more

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