The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Wizard Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

It's a very different World War II.

The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi ...

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The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1)

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Overview

Wizard Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.

It's a very different World War II.

The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.

But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.

Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.

Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045126779
  • Publisher: Creative Alchemy, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/2/2012
  • Series: Gray Tower Trilogy, #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 29,929
  • File size: 394 KB

Meet the Author

Amazon Top 100 Historical Fantasy Bestselling Author Alesha Escobar writes fantasy to support her chocolate habit. She enjoys everything from Tolkien and Dante to the Dresden Files and Hellblazer comics. She resides in California with her partner-in-crime, Luis Escobar, a 20-year art veteran on The Simpsons television show. Alesha is the author of The Gray Tower Trilogy, an action-packed supernatural spy thriller set in an alternate 1940's. The trilogy books have hit the Amazon bestsellers lists for Historical Fantasy and Mashups. You can find Alesha at her weekly blog, Fantasy, Mashups, & Mayhem, where she discusses fantasy and science fiction TV shows, movies and books, and celebrity gossip. She's just kidding about the celebrity gossip.

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  • Posted March 2, 2013

    I truly enjoyed this book.  Alesha Escobar is a wonderful storyt

    I truly enjoyed this book.  Alesha Escobar is a wonderful storyteller and weaves an alternate world where magic is commonplace and those than wield it hold the world in the balance.




    The story takes place during an alternate World War II and starts with people trying to kill our heroine, who goes by many, many names.  The story will take you from battle to battle, with few breathers in between.  Filled with mysteries and betrayal, the main character must make her way through France, complete her mission, and not get killed in the process.  Did I mention that she seems to grown enemies as quickly as she loses allies?




    To add to that, I loved the way the book ended.  It had a twist ending I would have never seen coming, and yet made total sense in hind sight.




    The only thing I did not like about this novel was the editing.  Though the book was edited well enough for me to read and review it, it did take longer than usual for me to read and the errors were plentiful, though they rarely detracted from the reading (unless you're an editor, in which case you can't help but notice).  The errors I found were almost always systematic, meaning she made the same mistakes throughout the entire novel.  With a proper editor, this book would have been well worth five stars.




    Source: Gifted by Author
    eReader: Stanza for iPad
    File type: ePub

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    I enjoyed this story. I found the combination of alchemy, WWII,

    I enjoyed this story. I found the combination of alchemy, WWII, spies,vampires, intriguing. I am looking forward to reading the next book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2014

    Honestly, I was intrigued by Escobar's book because it seemed so

    Honestly, I was intrigued by Escobar's book because it seemed so unlikely a read. That is, I could not fathom an author combining wizardry, alchemy, Nazi Germany, espionage, time travel and vampires into something intelligible. Boy, I was WRONG. And I've never enjoyed being wrong more. This book is not only intelligible, it is smart, sometimes funny, heartbreaking, thrilling, relate-able, and expertly paced.
    Escobar seems to effortless combine all of these interesting fantasy and sci-fi tropes without completely overwhelming her characters, the plot or her reader. In fact, I, like so many of her characters, felt that it was only natural that Miss George, the main character, used her alchemy to fend of vampires and Nazis alike. 
    Indeed, the only reason this book would not receive a perfect rating (I would give it a 4.8) is that I wanted more of an outsider's view on the fantastical side of Nazi fighting resistance. I was left wondering how all of these magical and paranormal intrigues were kept at bay from the normal masses, but I have not read the next two books, though I fully intend to do so just after writing this review, so my wondering may yet be answered. 
    This book is made more wonderful because of the main character. So many strong female characters are written as unfeminine, off-putting or violent, and, while Miss George is sometimes forced to act similarly, at times, it is clear that she also craves normalcy, love, and long term stability. She is feminine and a arguably, feminist, by simply allowing herself to be feminine and strong simultaneously. I loved her p.o.v. I loved her complexity, the friends she meets along the way and her ferocious and frightening enemies. And, like Miss George, I'm always in skeptic mode, wondering which friend or enemy will reveal him/herself to be other. 
    The well paced plot, the effortless dialogue, the expertly edited and refined text, and the vivid imagination of Escobar all create a story that is quickly consumed but that leaves you thinking about it long after you've finished. Add Escobar to your MUST READ list

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2015

    Free is what this book was worth to me. I don't know what book

    Free is what this book was worth to me. I don't know what book the other reviewers read, but it wasn't the same one I read. The writing is very simplistic, the premise beyond even suspension of disbelief, and the characters 2-dimensional and not particularly interesting.

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