The Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
Publication Date: March 5th
Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Publisher – thank you!
Rating: I liked it
The Skinny: A quick, easy read
In the Conspiracy of Alchemists, readers are introduced to a rich world filled with all of the goodies that make urban fantasy exciting. This steampunk novel will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction and paranormal elements. I am a fan of historical fiction and paranormal tales, so this combination is a first for me.
Elle is a pilot who meets the dashing Marsh and together they embark on a little adventure. Marsh is a fascinating character, and I really enjoyed reading how his character developed throughout the story. He is complex and his motivations are revealed slowly and thoughtfully. The relationship between these two characters is interesting, because it evolves over time. It is not the quick instalove that is so prevalent in today’s books. While I admired many aspects of Elle’s character, such as her bravery, intelligence, and loyalty, there were times when I wanted to crawl into the book and talk some sense into her. I will say that my frustrations with her character did not ruin the story for me.
The Conspiracy of Alchemists is an interesting story with some pretty good world-building. It is a premise that I have not seen before, so I appreciate the creativity and uniqueness. While I liked The Conspiracy of Alchemists, there were a couple of aspects that stunted my enjoyment. The dialogue was a bit off, and I found many comments to be unrealistic and strange. The pacing was a little slow at times, and I often flipped pages until the story picked up again. In the next book, I am really hoping for a faster pace and more believable dialogue. I would also like to see how the story develops, because the world is so interesting.
If you enjoy steampunk, you should definitely check out The Conspiracy of Alchemists. There are a few low points but enough interesting bits to make this worth your time.