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The Flaw in the Stone

(The Alchemists' Council #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Move back through time into the alluring worlds of the Alchemists’ Council.

The anticipated second book in Cynthea Masson’s series takes readers to Flaw Dimension, centuries before the events of book one. Rebel scribe Genevre, exploring secreted libraries with Dragonsblood pulsing through her young veins, accidentally discovers a 5th-Council manuscript with a long-forgotte
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 13th 2018 by ECW Press
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Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are very few books that I've encountered that are written in such an intriguing way, the dynamics of this curious world drawing you deeper in with rich characters and overall wonderful storytelling. The Flaw in the Stone takes you on a labyrinthine adventure that you don't want to put down (I finished it in just over a day, and then kicked myself for reading it so quickly) and offers a truly refreshing story in a genre that can be repetitive. I can best describe the story as unpredictable ...more
Jason Henry
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thanks for the ARC!!

In so many ways, the Flaw in the Stone is unlike anything I've ever read and the author takes several risks that I think paid off. I really enjoyed it and I look forward to the third volume!

The first risk is that this book is a prequel that largely excludes Jaden the protagonist from Book One. Fortunately Genevre is a fascinating and complex character in her own right, and the void left by Jaden's absence allowed other characters from Book One to shine. Goi
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky to able to read an advanced copy of the novel.

This is a novel smelling of time, dusty manuscripts, bees, and amber, and it is steeped in the terminology and beliefs of medieval alchemy. It is set years before The Alchemist’s Council.

At first I was confused by the jumping around between the various times and between the council and rebel groups, but as I read on I saw that a pattern was emerging, very like the delicate patterns and clues scattered in the variou
Annette Woolf
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was positively thrilled to receive an ARC of The Flaw in the Stone and immensely enjoyed the reading of this book. The Flaw in the Stone is a prequel to the first novel, and as such gives us a view of the making of certain events that were referred to in The Alchemists’ Council as well as adding fresh perspectives from new and already-dear characters. This is a very enjoyable book that adds layers to the first and builds up expectations for the third.

I liked being able to see the focus shift to inc
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed reading the ARC of The Flaw in the Stone, and am grateful to have received an advance copy. I was a bit worried at first that I would have forgotten too many of the details of the complex worlds and plot of The Alchemists’ Council, but the author gives the reader just enough reminders, in a subtle and elegant way, to find her way back into the worlds and the lives of the characters with ease. (I do recommend reading the first book first.)

I was thrilled to find tha
Pat MacEwen
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read this book immediately after the first in the series, The Alchemists' Council, and found it improved by having more clearly cut distinctions between the characters. There was a good deal more character depth, and individual history, and so it was easier to keep track of who's who. Some of the more mysterious aspects of alchemy described in the first book were explored in more depth here, and the interwoven character arcs much more developed. There are still a couple of issues with the basi ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Big thank you to ECW and Cynthea Masson for the ARC of this book - I honestly don't believe I could have waited until March 2018 to read it!
Every question that I had about book one was finally answered, and I loved the way the plot was slowly unraveled. Despite the many twists and turns the plot took, I found the story very much character driven, which I liked because Cynthea has very memorable characters. In Book One, Jaden and Arjan felt so new, particularly because we experienced everyt
Tamy Burnett
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! This is a thrilling continuation of "The Alchemists' Council" -- I read "Flaw" on a plane and had planned to bring book one along to re-read first, but then decided against for lack of space. Huge mistake -- I can't wait to reread them both! I was captivated learning the backstory to the previous volume and seeing the pieces come together in "The Flaw in the Stone." I had a very hard time putting this book down! Masson does a wonderful job of weaving a compelling, intricate tale in this b ...more
Chelsea Carne
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First of all, in order to get the full effect of this book, I strongly encourage you to read Book 1.

After the first book, I was surprised at the time shift in the second and wondered how the storyline would be able to progress without Jaden and her counterparts. What Masson has done is taken the story into a completely different time period with new and a few familiar characters, and woven the events in with historical periods of earthly war and unrest. This historical fiction/re-imagining of r
*thank you to Netgalley and ECW Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3 stars.

First, that cover!! Definitely 2 thumbs up from me. The story, I found it tricky to get into as most epic fantasy books need full concentration so it wasnt an easy read which took a star off it. It was good though. I got lost in it at times and was pleasantly surprised at how much I was enjoying it. I haven't read anything from this author before but I hope she has more
Bridget W
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book! It's amazing and astonishing to me how intricate and far back this book goes. It is crucial that you read book 1 before reading book 2. The world and many of the characters have already been developed and introduced. I think it was a wise choice of the author to organize her story this way. Book 1 (Alchemist's Council) focuses on Jaden a new initiate to the Alchemist's Council. And the reader is also, most likely, new to the world of alchemy and certainly the dimension ...more
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found that this second book moved quite a bit quicker, as the fictional world and most characters were already explained and set up in the first novel of this series.

I loved how much more in depth the story got, explaining some mysteries left over from the first, as well as divulging deeper into the Flaw dimension and the Rebels. The character development again was a little weak, as there are so many players, but still enough for the story progression.

I only found that the second half moved
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
This book seemed to have potential at the outset. The plot started out intriguing and the use of Alchemy at a level seeming magical was an interesting variant. Unfortunately I found myself losing interest before halfway through. The world development is almost non-existent. Occasionally this can be made to work if the reader is deep within a character's psyche and the outside world is not their primary concern. Here we are jumping place to place from fantastical point in the Council & Flaw d ...more
John Majerle
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Entertaining book 2 of the series.

I only gave it a 4 because I felt like it left me in the middle of the story. I personally prefer that all novels, even if they are in a series, to stand on their own.

Looking forward to book 3 that I hear will be coming out soon.
Mark Bloomer
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
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I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review.
mhhhh. I read the 1st book and thought it was decent. This one seemed to start nowhere interesting, contain some mild action, and finish nowhere.
Sarah Boon
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
A bit confusing as it jumps around through time a lot - would have been better to have this as book 1 and book 1 as book 2.
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A revolution looms as High Azoth Dracaen strengthens the power of the Rebel Branch, Cedar and Saule take treacherous steps against fellow alchemists, and the unprecedented mutual conjunction of Ilex and Melia changes the fate of all dimensions. With insurgents gathering, Ilex and Melia’s attempt to open a forbidden breach through time could bring salvation — or total destruction — to the elemental balance of the world.
This is the first book I read from this author. It was definitely differ
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Cynthea Masson is a professor in the English department at Vancouver Island University. After completing a Ph.D. in English with a focus on medieval mysticism, she undertook a postdoctoral fellowship involving work with medieval alchemical manuscripts at the British Library. In addition to articles on mysticism and alchemy, many of her publications over the past decade have been in the area of tel ...more

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The Alchemists' Council (3 books)
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