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The Alchemist's Apprentice (Venice Trilogy Series #1)

The Alchemist's Apprentice (Venice Trilogy Series #1)

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by Dave Duncan
     
 

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For Nostradamus, the future is forever in motion. But for his young apprentice, Alfeo Zeno, the present is a bore-until a friend of the prince dies after Nostradamus casts him an ominous horoscope.

Some say the mystic poisoned the victim to enhance his own reputation-and Nostradamus charges Alfeo with clearing his name. Now Alfeo must unravel a web of magic and

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For Nostradamus, the future is forever in motion. But for his young apprentice, Alfeo Zeno, the present is a bore-until a friend of the prince dies after Nostradamus casts him an ominous horoscope.

Some say the mystic poisoned the victim to enhance his own reputation-and Nostradamus charges Alfeo with clearing his name. Now Alfeo must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have a future of his own.

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Blending elements of historical fiction, alternate reality, and amateur-sleuth mystery, Dave Duncan's latest fantasy revolves around an obscure historical figure, Filippo Nostradamus -- the alleged nephew of legendary prognosticator Michel de Nostredame (The Prophecies, The Almanacs, et al.). In the decadent Renaissance-era city of Venice, the ornery old Nostradamus is implicated in a murder after an elderly procurator is poisoned during a private party Nostradamus attended. As he recently predicted the victim's demise, rumors abound about Nostradamus' involvement -- perhaps the renowned alchemist and clairvoyant killed the nobleman to heighten his own reputation. With the help of his trusted apprentice Alfeo Zeno, Nostradamus must somehow prove his innocence before the all-powerful Council of Ten bring him in for questioning -- an inquisition that will undoubtedly include torture and certain death…

Fans of Duncan's previous fantasy works (The Jaguar Knights, Impossible Odds, et al.) should thoroughly enjoy this historical whodunit, the first installment of a projected series featuring Nostradamus and Zeno. Although categorized as a fantasy, The Alchemist's Apprentice is more properly a conventional historical mystery with minor fantastical elements. Nostradamus and Zeno are reminiscent of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson -- except that the Venetian duo utilize prophecies, astrological horoscopes, Tarot card readings, and the occasional demon summoning, as well as Holmesian deduction, to solve complicated cases. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015757
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
02/26/2008
Series:
Venice Trilogy Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
4.28(w) x 6.84(h) x 0.85(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than 30 novels.

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