The Queen's Alchemist

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
The Queen's Alchemist tells seven tales of those who lived before, in the land of Atharron, where Giants roam and magic is forbidden. More

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About Poppy Reid

Scottish born fantasy author, Poppy Reid has a bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Japanese. She writes articles on a variety of topics, including travel, cooking, and video games. She has made guest appearances on Japanese TV and has been interviewed several times about her books. She currently resides in Tokyo and dreams of owning a black pug named Phoebe.


Review by: Josephine Harwood on Nov. 28, 2016 :
All of your senses go into overdrive as you read this book. From the very first line this story grabs you and with every turn of the page pulls you in a little deeper. Each chapter begins by introducing a new character and a different situation and ends with its own little cliffhanger. My preferred genre is romance, but this story intrigued me. When I finished the book, I wanted more. This book is a prequel to the Blood Scrolls Trilogy. I look forward to reading more of Poppy Reid’s books.
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Review by: Rosa Arcade on Nov. 3, 2016 :
This sucked me in right from the first line and kept me entranced until the end .. then, I just wanted MORE! lol
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Review by: James Reid on Oct. 30, 2016 :
The Queen's Alchemist and More Tales of Atharron is a collection of Flash Stories that intertwine to tell the narrative of the Kingdom of Atharron embroiled at war with the giants to the north while a neighboring kingdom schemes and plot because of the bad blood of the two queens. Queen Cassandra struggles to preserve her nation from the giants while her own alchemist plots against her.

The short vignettes all interweave around each other, each one painting hints at the story going on, touching here and there, sometimes in the court of Queen Cassandra, sometimes on the front line with the giants while in the background, the mages plot and scheme with their own idea of where to take Atharron and achieve their goals.

The Queen's Alchemist stands to hint at the back story of Reid's Blood Scroll Trilogy, teasing us with the back story of the Mages who have so shaped the events of Theldinya. It takes us back to their roots, before their mad ambition unleashed the events of the Blood Scroll Trilogy centuries later. Each vignette introduces its lead character, giving just a taste of their life, telling an eyeblink of their life. They are well written, each flowing to the next, forming an entire short story from the disparate parts.

If you want to get a taste of Reid's writing style or if you are a fan of the Blood Scroll Trilogy (and if you're not, why haven't you read them?) then you will want to read these flash stories. A perfect read for a cold, rainy, winter afternoon!
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