Title: Dark Alchemy Series: Dark Alchemy #1
Publisher: Harper Voyage Impulse
Release Date: March 24, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present.
But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up - desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain - her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill.
Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.
Also by this author: Mercury Retrograde, Nine of Stars
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.*
I’m so excited to talk to you today about a great new book by Laura Bickle called Dark Alchemy. Check out my 5 star review of the book and her great tour giveaway.
Jen’s Review of DARK ALCHEMY
I was thoroughly impressed with Laura Bickle’s writing style and imagination. Dark Alchemy is a fascinating page-turner.
In this story, geologist Petra Dee goes to Temperance looking for her missing father. She finds more than her scientific mind can initially handle in the form of an alchemist who sells an elixir drug, mysterious Hanging Men who work as ranch hands, and disembodied communications from her father.
The atmosphere was carefully crafted with word choices that not only described the settings but also evoked emotion. The vivid imagery made me feel like I was walking alongside Petra. I could almost sense, for example, the weight of the heat that was “sticky like caramel.”
I thought Laura Bickle did an excellent job of blending in the history and mythology. It was barely noticeable because it was given in small pieces.
This was a fast-paced read. I liked all the characters, especially Petra’s coyote sidekick.
The only negative, which doesn’t affect my rating of the book, is that the ending was sad. If you want happily-ever-after, you might not be pleased with the ending.
Despite that, I think this book is worth more than the current Amazon price of $2.99. It’s a great bargain.
I recommend Dark Alchemy to readers who are looking for a different kind of urban fantasy that gives off more horror than romantic vibes. Don’t expect any vampires or werewolves in this book. It’s something new, different, and refreshing.
About the author Laura Bickle
Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up storiesabout the monsters under the stairs, also writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams.
Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016. THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE are her latest young adult novels.
1 copy of Dark Alchemy by Laura Bickle
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