Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists – Liesel Schwarz

Eleanor “Elle” Chance is a high-flying dirigible pilot with a taste for adventure. It is 1903, and the world is divided between light and shadow. On the side of light is a wondrous science that has transformed everyday life by harnessing magical energies to ingenious new technologies. But each advance of science has come at the expense of shadow—the traditional realm of the supernatural.

Now two ancient powers are preparing to strike back. Blood-sucking immortal Nightwalkers and their spellcasting Alchemist allies have a plan to cover the whole world in shadow. 

But when they come after Elle, they get more than they bargained for. This enterprising young woman, the daughter of a scientific genius, has reserves of bravery and determination that even she scarcely suspects. Now she is about to meet her match in more ways than one: a handsome yet infuriating Warlock named Hugh Marsh, whose agenda is as suspect as his charms are annoyingly irresistible.
My thoughts
I have actually never read a steampunk that takes place in the early 1900s, so that was different. Because new things were already on the move, but then this book also mixes magic and tech. The world is divided into Light and Shadow. Magic and new inventions. And things have gone wrong in the past when one side has grown too strong.
Elle our heroine was strong and a woman pilot. She went for what she wanted and got it. The hero, Marsh is mysterious and someone she comes into contact with when she is hired to bring a parcel to England. He is a warlock, she does not believe in that nonsense. He has secrets, she is annoyed by that. He wants to tell her something, she starts to fall. Yes you see my point, they are quite the pair.
These two will have quite the adventure as..things happens. Again I will leave it at that. There will be magic, bad guys, vampires, an absinthe fairy and flying.
I enjoyed the story. It was light and the story always moved forward with a good pace, and threw a few surprises too.
Conclusion:
The end was good too as it was a solid ending that I could live with. It did not end with a horrid cliffhanger, but still left a big danger still to come.
Cover
Cool

Series: The Chronicles of Light and Shadow #1
Genre: Steampunk
Pages: 375
Published: Feb 2013 by Del Rey UK
Source: for review

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48 thoughts on “Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists – Liesel Schwarz

  1. Jenny says:

    I'm a fan of steampunk for the most part, it's always so creative! Sometimes I get lost in the technological aspect of it, but this sounds like a really solid story!

  2. Lauren Elizabeth says:

    I generally love steampunk, as long as it is well done, and I've heard amazing things about this book. Can't wait to meet Marsh and Elle. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! Great review 🙂

  3. Bookworm1858 says:

    Cool cover-that is not the one I've seen before. This book was okay for me-it didn't really work for me unfortunately and I'm not entirely sure what the problem was.

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