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M. M. Justus
on July 26, 2013 :
Two main reasons I liked this book: first, the people were fascinating, and second, so was their home. Unlike most folks who've reviewed this book before me, I hadn't read the earlier books set in this universe, although I intend to now. I did find the whole alchemy thing slightly confusing at the beginning, but Ms. McCoy does a good job cluing the reader in, so the confusion was extremely brief. I liked the whole concept of alchemy as a world-defining element, and the effects its existence had on that world. But the best part of the book was how interesting the characters were. Jani and Iontho tell alternating chapters, and there's so much each of them doesn't know about the other that their stories dovetail nicely. I was slightly disappointed in the ending, but it won't stop me from reading more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 18, 2013 :
I really cannot get enough of Cymelia. To the book at hand! All That Glitters by Elizabeth McCoy is insanely good, a fun race through the streets of a cityscape as seen through the eyes of a “roof rat” (think Oliver Twist if he were a Lost Boy from Neverland; just not restricted to boys). The plot is pretty straightforward with a few twists and turns, but that’s not what makes the book awesome. The dialogue is a-freaking-mazing.
Okay, look, what I want you to do is to first think of your favorite foreign accent or dialect. In the past I’ve read books that have featured fictional dialects, badly written Cockney accents, or badly constructed languages. Add this to stilted dialogue and what you have is a book that could have been good…but quickly turns into a shit pile. What’s even worse is accented dialogue that you just can’t decipher. An tha’s th way et is. See? That’s a simple sentence and it’s screwed from the start. All That Glitters not only avoids that trap – it somehow makes the dialogue the center of an already good book. Add that to a dynamic plot that is chock full of intrigue and deception and you have a really good read. Only part of the book I disliked was how the relationship between the two main characters turned out. It was kind of sad, but perfect for the story. Just my opinion there. I really can’t wait for the next Alchemy’s Heirs book. :-)
Seriously. Go buy the damn book. It’ll be the best $4 you ever spent.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 17, 2013 :
Continuing the world of the Lord Alchemist, and his herb-witch wife into the next generation, this tale follows Iontho, the heir to the current Lord Alchemist on a coming-of-age adventure. More of the life of a roof-rat is exposed, and the world of the Lord Alchemist series gains more depth. Warning - X rated in spots. Could be read alone, but it will make you want to read the rest of the books, for sure.
(reviewed long after purchase)