An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors

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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is Curtis Craddock's delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring a genius heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer, which Brandon Sanderson calls, "A great read!"

Born with a physical disability, no magical talent, and a precocious intellect, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs has lived her life being underestimated by her family and her kingdom. The only person who appreciates her true self is Jean-Claude, the fatherly musketeer who had guarded her since birth.

All shall change, however, when an unlikely marriage proposal is offered, to the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude plunge into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, Isabelle must unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.


"A setting fabulous and strange, heroes to cheer for, villains to detest, a twisty, tricky plot -- I love this novel!" -- Lawrence Watt Evans

"A thrilling adventure full of palace intrigue, mysterious ancient mechanisms, and aerial sailing ships!" -- David D. Levine

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780765389596
0765389592
Characteristics: 416 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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eileenlufkin
Aug 28, 2017

mrissa on dreamwidth says "This book both swashes and buckles. It has an actual no-kidding Musketeer, although the king he serves is not quite King Louis, and the country he's from is not quite France. There's fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, true love...though not of the romantic sort...there are airships, there are lots of different kinds of magic, and just when you think you've got a good handle on how many kinds of magic, there's another kind of magic."

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