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Caelum is an uninhabitable gas giant like Jupiter. High above it are the Risen Kingdoms, occupying flying continents called cratons. Remnants of a shattered world, these vast disks of soaring stone may be a thousand miles across. Suspended by magic, they float in the upper layers of Caelum's clouds.
Born with a deformed hand and utter lack of the family's blood magic, Isabelle is despised by her cruel father. She is happy to be neglected so she can secretly pursue her illicit passion for math and science. Then, a surprising offer of an arranged royal marriage blows her life wide open and launches her and Jeane-Claude on an adventure that will take them from the Isle des Zephyrs in l'Empire Céleste to the very different Kingdom of Aragoth, where magic deals not with blood, but with mirrors.
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August 29, 2017
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/29/...
An Alchemy of Masques and Shadows turned out to an incredible surprise and one of the most engrossing reads I’ve had in a long time. In truth though, I hadn’t known what to make of the novel’s description when it first cr...
September 08, 2017
[4.5 stars] An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors was such a cool book! It had interesting character profiles, totally immersive world-building, and an abundance of drop-in details that I found totally original. When I first received the book for review and saw cover quotes from Brandon Sanderson and...
June 16, 2017
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_X_ Strong, sassy heroines who have no trouble kicking it with the boys
_X_ Believable, likable characters
_X__ Witty repa...
September 14, 2017
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.
An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is crisply written, cleverly plotted, and highly imaginative; a fantasy which succeeds in combining elements from different speculative fiction genres into an entertaining opening to The Risen Kingdoms series.
The tale begins wit...
August 29, 2017
I received an eARC of this novel from NetGalley.
Isabelle is despised and neglected by her cruel father because she was born with a deformed hand and without bloodshadow magic. The neglect is fine by her because that means she has more time to follow her passions by illegally studying math and sci...
November 20, 2017
What a book! I’m impressed. Not only it’s good, fresh, intelligent and imaginative, it’s also author’s debut work. Dude, you’ve got some skills.
L’Empire Céleste is ruled by Grand Leon and inhabited by Clayborn (regular folks) and Saintborns (direct descendants of saints) who can kill with their s...
November 02, 2017
Looking for a steampunk/alt-history fantasy revolving around royal magic-users, religious half-machine cyborgs, and flying galleons set in a pseudo-medieval France and Spain?
THEN READ THIS BOOK, MON AMIE!
For reals, the levels of adventure, derring-do, and utterly fantastic world-building are dial...
September 22, 2017
I loved this book. I love the feisty and bright Isabelle, who is smart and charismatic, and whose insecurities are so real for the way she was raised. I love her devotion to the people who deserve it (those who care about her for HERSELF, and not for her station) and to her cause - peace. I love...
August 30, 2017
I adored An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors. A polymath, physically-disabled princess who is delightfully clever! An aged musketeer, utterly devoted to the princess he loves as a daughter, and brilliant in his own way! A world of floating islands and blood magic and mirror-projections! Villains wh...
August 30, 2017
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My ENglish review
I confess that I was really intrigued by the story by reading the summary. Fantasy and space are often some very delicate subjects for me and I do not venture much into this type of novels, yet An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors seemed very promising and I...