Steampunk Book Review: A Conspiracy of Alchemists

Posted: May 12, 2015 by Big Rich in Reblogged

For Whom the Gear Turns


I really wanted to love this book. Like, really really really wanted to love it. Not just because reviewers were hailing Liesel Schwarz’s first installment of The Chronicles of Light and Shadow as “a superb debut novel” when it was released in 2013, but also because I picked it up for free at Weekend at the Asylum in September so it gave me warm fuzzies just thinking about the convention. Unfortunately, you can’t always get what you want.

Here’s what went right. Schwarz started with a very interesting concept. The world is divided into Light and Shadow, Light being science and logic, and Shadow being the supernatural. But there is only so much energy out there to sustain both sides, so as one rises, in this case belief in scientific principles, the other side suffers. The book is populated by warlocks, alchemists, vampires, and fairies. She also had some really…

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