Author: Cassie Sweet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Brooke Albrecht
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/02/2013
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Fiction, Historical, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
Alchemists and Elementals: Book One
Theodyne Thespacian is a thief. Caught and imprisoned, he’s done his time and vowed never to return to the life of pulse-racing excitement and easy money. But when one of his former associates tells him about the Eye of Truth—an artifact that will open worlds of untold wealth—it seems like the perfect crime. However, for Theodyne, with the brand of a thief on his face, to be caught again means death. So instead he goes to the Villa of Nicodemus Valencia, the Master Alchemist who owns the artifact… and applies for a job.
Nicodemus descends directly from the founder of the Gold School, and of all those in that bloodline, he possesses the strongest gift for alchemy. His formulas have made him wealthy, though they’ve failed to give him the one thing he’s longed for most—love. When Theodyne appears at his Villa, he recognizes potential for alchemy and offers him apprenticeship. But then an ancient foe purged from the lands long ago reappears and threatens the Gold School, the Eye of Truth, and all the Dominical city-states. Nicodemus and Theodyne must now band together in courage to battle evil and can only hope they will not lose all they’ve come to hold dear.
In Eye of Truth, Cassie Sweet has created a fantastic and richly complex world. It was hard and unforgiving yet magical and full of hope. The visuals the author presented were precise and fully realised. I easily imagined the darkest parts of the city as well as the beautiful images within the school and Nico’s laboratory. There was a perfectly balanced old world, corrupt feel while still maintaining the fascinating aspects of alchemy and elemental magic. I was so engrossed in this world that I cannot wait to start book 2.
In addition to the fantastic setting, Theodyne and Nico were wonderfully complicated characters. Both were at heart good men, but had flaws that caused them to often stumble and have to rethink the way they looked at the world. They were great characters and grew as the story progressed. Their relationship was strong and loving from the very start. I enjoyed reading about them as individuals, but reading about them as they came together as a pair was even better. They each brought something meaningful and loving to the partnership and in the end, they were a strong couple with the ability to withstand anything. I look forward to reading about them in the future.
Finally, I loved the necromancer plot. I loved the way the author slowly revealed information about the big bad, but did so in a way that was not overly slow or boring. I never felt like the pace was off or that I was confused or wanting more. Questions were raised and answers were given as time dictated. Things were well put together to give a rich reading experience while leaving things open for more in this series. I am eager to know what happens next. Where will the necromancers strike, and how will the alchemists respond. I am so glad I have the next book in my hands already.
If you have not read this series, pick it up. This book captured my attention, submerged me fully into a vast world, and held me captive to the very end. I loved book 1 in this series and think you will too.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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