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Posted April 16, 2012
Overall Decent. Homophobs beware
Please don't assume I'm bashing the book becasue of the homosexual refrences. It's not my style, if it's your's that's great. I'm only brinning it to everyone's attention.
In The Alchemist of Souls the main character Mal is contacted by the government of England to be the protector of a relatively unknown race of people, the Skraylings. Mal doesn't realize it at first, but he has been thrust into a dangerous game of politics between the Queen's two secretarys and the Skraylings.
The book starts off with an interesting concept of a down on his luck freelancing noble's son who has revoked his claim to nobility, Mal. The book begins to studder as the author, Anne Lyle, devots chapters sigularly to character development. While it's good to develop character parts of these chapters seem to simply be written in with no overall development of the story. When the book does finally pick up it develops well with a sense of betrayel and danger, however it ends to soon after that, while at the same time making the book seem like it went on entirely too long. Overall the book was a good solid first entry into a series that should prove extremely entertaining as it continues to develop. However this first book was simply decent.
Now the part everyone wanted to know; the Homosexual stuff. Almost every main character in the book is a homosexual. The two main characters Mal, and Ned are homosexual lovers. Ned however likes to hit on other male characters and often attempts to touch their c*cks. He also flirts and kisses other characters, while making comments about Mal's size. Many of the other characters make comments about gaining favors by letting their male bosses touch their c*cks. The only character who isn't a homosexual is a cross dressing girl pretending to be a boy. There you have it. Again not bashing the book for the homosexuality but I am putting it out there for everyone to know about. I wasn't expecting it and if I had known before hand I probably wouldn't have bought the book.
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Posted January 4, 2013
Worth thevre Worth the read!
It sort of staggers into itself, occasionally. Overall, though, it's a good book for settling down and losing yourself for an hour or so at a time.
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Posted September 11, 2013
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