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Author: Katey Hawthorne
Publisher: Loose Id
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Historical, Lesbian Romance, Paranormal, Regency
Release Date: 09/06/2016
Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself—but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether.
Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife—one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact.
Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.
Hello, everyone, and thanks for having me back—this time to talk about Alchemiya, the start of a new series for me! Alchemiya takes place in a regency-ish world where nobility isn’t indicated by land or title, but by a family’s alchemical secrets and ability. Our heroines, Eugenia and Olivia, were both born to alchemical nobility… but there’s more to the history of their own class than Eugenia ever suspected.
Because the world of Alchemiya has its roots in the English regency period—or, at least, the country of Chrysopoeia does, in terms of its manners and fashion—I expected to listen to a lot of the music popular at that period in reality: folk songs, parlor music, some classical leftovers, and my personal favorite, the Romantics.
… but yeah. No. Instead, I happened to have just got the latest CHVRCHES album, Every Open Eye, and it was so incredibly perfect it became The Thing. Right from the bangin’ lead in, “Never Ending Circles”, describing Genie’s struggle with her family—in particular her brother—I knew this was going to be the one. It leads into “Keep You On My Side”, which is straight up Liv and Genie’s original “arrangement”, and the sense of hope they both dare to have when they realize they could save each other from crushing social mores… and have a mutual attraction. Huge bonus, right?
The whole album works remarkably well, which is why this is a strange soundtrack post. Normally I revel in creating mixed tapes (excuse me for dating myself with that term…), but this was like being handed a gift. So, thanks, CHVRCHES.
On that note, I’m going to play this out with the remarkable anthem, “Make Them Gold.” This works on so very many levels, considering the alchemical theme of the book, and alchemy’s “deeper” meaning, in the betterment of the self and the soul. Were they really trying to turn base metals into gold, or was it all a metaphor?
Okay, a lot of them were definitely trying to turn base metals into gold. Most of them, in more recent history. But I’m just saying.
We are made of our longest days
We are falling but not alone
We will take the best parts of ourselves
And make them gold
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About the Author
Katey Hawthorne is an avid reader and writer of superpowered and paranormal romance, even though the only degree she holds is in the history of art. (Or, possibly, because the only degree she holds is in the history of art.) Originally from the Appalachian foothills of West Virginia, she currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her family, two cats, and one very large puppy. In her spare time she enjoys travel, comic books, B-movies, loud music, video games, Epiphones, and Bushmills. Her favorite causes include animal rescue and bisexual representation in media. She is an unashamed fangirl and collects nerdy tattoos like she’s trying to prove it.
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