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Shadows of Hemlock (Sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane)

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Regret is a bitter poison.

In a desperate grasp for prestige, Aselin Gavrell betrayed her master to the execution block for the advantage of the onyx pendant now around her neck. Shelter from her master’s crimes comes with an unwanted allegiance and a list of innocents to murder. But the Guild of poison assassins will not be so easily pacified and charge Aselin to develop a
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Published November 19th 2019 by Filles Vertes Publishing
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Melissa Macdonald
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading Apricots and Wolfsbane, I wanted the story to keep going. Luckily, I received an advanced copy of Shadows of Hemlock and I was not disappointed.

Continuing with Aselins story, watching her grow, was as exciting and interesting as her predecessors.

I would absolutely recommend this book.
Focus flowed through me, giving strength to my soul. The warmth and security of assurance. I can not explain it,but I believe she had listened and answered my plea... I felt her presence swallow my pain. The cloud of despair yielded to moonlight providing light to my darkness.

Shadows Of Hemlock amazed me. You see, I was looking for a book about assassins in historical fiction, and this one appeared out to me. I am a lover of assassins mixed with history like Grave Mercy and this one only ma
Phyllis Moore
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane, author K.M. Pohlkamp promotes Aselin from apprentice to female assassin in Tudor England. It’s the early sixteenth century and the male dominated social structure is ripe with nobility seeking to exterminate their foes, or even mistresses and wives. This novel, Shadows of Hemlock places the protagonist, Aselin, in as many close calls as her predecessor. Each time she’s sure to meet her end, Aselin’s determination is as fierce as her Master’s, and she esca ...more
Samantha Bradshaw
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The lineage of women assassins continues with Aselin, apprentice to the late Lavia. Desperate to prove her worth to the world of poison masters and her patron, her pride guides her, mixed with the teachings of Lavinia and the guilt of her brother’s death. With the daunting tasks ahead of her, can she prove her worth, or will she be marked as both an outcast and a criminal?

Shadows of Hemlock is certainly as captivating and Apricots and Wolfsbane, and teaches you much about the assassin world the
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After the shocking end to KM Pohlkamp's previous book, Apricots and Wolfsbane, it was interesting to pick up the story from Aselin’s point of view.

In Apricots and Wolfsbane, Aselin was just an apprentice, picking up knowledge from her master Lavinia. Now that Lavinia is dead, Aselin has to show her worth, both to herself and to the Guild of Poison Assassins. Proving that she is a capable poisoner is difficult enough, but she is also a woman in a man’s (Tudor) world, so must learn to survive with
Richard Tearle
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set in a mythical English county in the 1520s Tudor-type England, Aselin Gavrell had once been the apprentice to assassin, Lavinia Maud. Now she is the Master. To gain the confidence in her abilities as well as the patronage of an important client, she must commit four murders. But more important to Aselin is her acceptance as a Fellow into the Guild as they will not accept her credentials on the recommendation of her former Master. They set her a task: find an antidote to hemlock, Aselin's pref ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Regret is indeed a bitter poison and those who have read the first book, Apricots and Wolfsbane will be just as fascinated to catch up with this sequel in the strange and deadly world of the Tudor poisoner. The grim world of studied assassinations comes, once again, to macabre life in a story that abounds in intrigue and treachery.

In Shadows of Hemlock, Aselin Gavrell, no longer the apprentice under the tutelage of her master, is hungry to take the position of Master Poisoner with the notorious
Jenn Bradshaw
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Strong, independent, female characters and anti-heroes return in K.M. Pohlkamp's much-anticipated sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane, Shadows of Hemlock.

Aselin Gavrell made a fateful decision, and one she may live to regret when she betrayed her mentor. Now, she sits indebted to the man who arranged the betrayal.

Worse, the Guild doesn't recognize Aseline's supposition of her former Master's status.

And because Fate will challenge the willful, not only does Aselin have a list of targets that she won
Edward Rickford
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Picking up right where Apricots and Wolfsbane left off, Shadows of Hemlock transports readers back to a time when life was cheap and independence was dangerous. Aselin Gavrell understands these simple truths better than most but even she is not prepared for the dangers that come with charting her own path as an assassin. Hounded by powerful lords and agents of the law, Aselin must draw upon all her smarts to triumph over her foes. Where the book really shines, however, is Pohlkamp’s depiction of ...more
Dave Wickenden
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
More toxic than ever before!

K.M. Pohlkamp returns with the sequel to her award-winning story Apricots and Wolfsbane. Having devised the demise of her mentor, Aselin Gavrell is ready to take over the mantel of Master Poison Assassin. She will have to challenge the most devious and power hungry aristocrats that England offers as everyone wants her services but will sacrifice her to move the game in their favor. While dodging these dangerous nobles, she will also have to find a cure for the poison,
P.K. Adams
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second part of the series about Tudor-era female poison assassins. Aselin is an acolyte and successor of Lavinia Maud, a woman who lived by a peculiar code of conduct and strove to make her way in a male-controlled profession and a male-dominated world. Aselin must fend off detractors and prove her loyalty or forfeit her place in the guild. The struggle is not just for independence and self-determination but also about her life.

Despite her deadly ways, Lavinia was a sympathetic char
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent book full of captivating twists and turns! Highly recommend!
Helen Hollick
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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K.M. Pohlkamp is a blessed wife to the love of her life, a proud mother of two, and a Mission Control flight controller. Originally from Wisconsin, she now resides in Houston, Texas.

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