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An Alchemy of Masues and Mirrors

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In a world of soaring continents and bottomless skies where a burgeoning new science lifts skyships into the cloud strewn heights and ancient blood borne sorceries cling to a fading glory Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs is about to be married to a man she has barely heard of the second son of a dying king in an. Things Katie Enjoys In A Novel As Correlated With An Alchemy of Masues and MirrorsX Calculus jokesX Period appropriate prose Talking catsX Strong sassy heroines who have no trouble kicking it with the boysX Believable likable characters PandasX SwashbucklingX Witty repartee preferably in which a member of the nobility is fearlessly sassedX Magical colleges andor general graduate level spell nerdery DragonsX People wearing awesome hatsX Perfectly executed genre mashupsX Court intrigue that is actually intriguing Fairytale flavors that induce minimal eyerollingX Spaceships andor lasersX Princesprincesses who have their shit togetherX Romance that keeps it classyX Sword fightingX Dimension jumpingX Character that could be played by Maggie Smith in the BBC dramatizationX Satisfying endingstechnically airships and ancient tech but y'know what Imma allow itFor the record I think this is the most checks any book has ever hit in this list before Aside from that it is just a solid wonderful novel GET ON THIS TRAIN Y'ALL IT IS A DIRECT TO AWESOMETOWN Craddock is now on my very short list of autobuy authors It for sure deserves its Kirkus star

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Empire collapsing into civil warBorn without the sorcery that is her birthright but with a perspicacious intellect Isabelle believes her marriage will stave off disastrous conflict and bring her opportunity and influence But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered and a sorcerer assassin is b. A lot of different elements to this book It's epic fantasy in nature but bordering on steampunk and grimdark in some aspects and firmly in the historical fiction noir and mystery campThe story takes place in an alternate version of the 15th century with princess Isabella of Spain cast in a fictitious role of the real life character with aspects of the historical lineage of Christ thrown in for good measure Political intrigue between warring factions both within the country and France where the story starts Saints black magic and an eternal bishop like power build the story The countries aren't called France and Spain but that's what they are I liked the writer's style the grimdark aspects and the overall flow of the story I look forward to book 2 which comes out in under two weeks The Gingerbread Man under two weeks

Curtis Craddock · 6 Read

Ent on making Isabelle the third Aided and defended by her loyal musketeer Jean Claude Isabelle plunges into a great maze of prophecy intrigue and betrayal where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies Step by dangerous step she unravels the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth perilous than any deceptio. 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 her father figure musketeer Jeane Claude who is incredibly good at reading people and who is loyal first to Isabelle even though he's supposed to be loyal to his king foremost I loved the setting both the clearly Renaissance inspired courts and the floating landmasses and airships and strange physics I love the magic system even though so far we've only gotten a glimpse of what promises to be far intriguing magic that the current generation of people have lost from their past I love the great depictions of female friendships between Isabelle and her ladies who defer to her as station demands but still give solid and sensible advice I love the plot with plenty of layers to unravel and a positively creepy villain with some rather interesting motivation I really couldn't find any fault with this as I was reading it because it's just wonderful It even has a really great cover and a map drawn by the authorI would suggest this for folks who love airships love princesses with agency enjoy witty repartee like gunpowder fantasy fantasy of manners and Renaissance inspired settings