The Alchemist of Souls : Night's Masque

  • by Anne Lyle
  • Narrated by Michael Page
  • Series: Night's Masque
  • 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods - and a skrayling ambassador – to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital?
Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is appointed to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally – and Mal his soul.

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Enjoyable Read/Listen!

I enjoyed the book quite a lot. It's a historical-fantasy based in London with a bit of magic etc and a good amount of mystery and action to keep it interesting.

Quite similar to the Locke Lamora books in terms of the type of fantasy novel.

The book does have a gender-role breaking sub-theme but the protagonist is not part of it and it is definitely not what the book is about.
The book has a grand total of TWO gay characters. The other reviewer who mentions every second character being gay is exaggerating quite a lot...

But even if there were more than two gay characters, it's hardly a reason to read or not read the book. The problems you would face reading it are no different than if a hetro guy was reading a book with a straight female protagonist...

Overall there is very little explicit details gay or straight. A few scattered sentences is about it.

Given the price ($8 when I bought it), this book is DEFINITELY worth a read. Very very cheap for 15 hours of solid entertainment!

I was sad that book 2 isn't here or isn't written yet.
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- Christopher

Pretty good.

If you are looking for an action packed romp, this isn't the book for you. It is a pretty decent story set to a fairly interesting fantasy background.

You'll note that almost every review remarks on the homosexual relationships in the book. I only think it's notable that this is the first book I've ever seen with them front and center. This was far far less sexual or graphic than many heterosexual encounters described in countless other books in the genre. It really is only 3 gay characters and 1 bi.

In the end, it past the time. It lost my interest a bit at the end. And I haven't gone on to the sequel. But I may at some point.
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- JPaladin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-22-2012
  • Publisher: Angry Robot on Brilliance Audio