The Alchemist's Code (Venice Trilogy Series #2)

The Alchemist's Code (Venice Trilogy Series #2)

by Dave Duncan

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The Alchemist's Code (Venice Trilogy Series #2) by Dave Duncan

It is said the legendary Maestro Nostradamus is able to glimpse the ever-changing future, but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him when he is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice’s ruling Council of Ten. Especially since the only clues are the spy’s intercepted messages, encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher.
 
But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against him, and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means. He turns to his able apprentice, the daring young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, whose unique talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth. But the truth may be the end of both master and apprentice…

“One of the best writers in the fantasy world today.”—Writers Write

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101208885
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2008
Series: An Alchemist Novel , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 324,345
File size: 393 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Originally from Scotland, Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in western Canada. He 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, mostly in the fantasy genre, but also in young adult, science fiction, and historical. Dave now lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

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harstan More than 1 year ago
Maestro Nostradamus is many things he is physician to the Venetian doge, a clairvoyant, an astrologist, and a spell weaver. His reputation is so great that he and his apprentice Alfeo Zeno live in grandeur on the top floor of the Mansion of Alvise Barbolano. --- Zuanbattista Sanudo and his wife Eva Morosini come to Nostradamus to ask him to use his clairvoyance skills to locate their missing daughter Graziaa. The Maestro has a vision in his crystal ball he tells Alfeo to go to a certain place at a certain time in order to find Grazia. He not only finds her, he sees her new husband Danese Dolfin, a gigolo who has done many unsavory things. The Council of Ten including the Doge summons Nostradamus to their meeting place. They direct him to uncover the identity of a spy who is selling secrets to a foreign government. The operative Algol has written letters that were intercepted but are in a code that no one has broken. The Maestro tries to decipher the code, but he realizes he is under magical attack which leads Alfeo to the home of Sanudo he finds the abode under the spell of a curse. Alfeo tries to lift the curse using magic only to catch the eye of the Chief Inquisitioner whose aide accuses the maestro¿s apprentice of murder and practicing the black arts. --- When one thinks of Dave Duncan, normally fans would think of an entertaining superior fantasist. However, his Alchemist saga (see THE ALCHEMIST¿S APPRENTICE) shares the same quality of excellence, but is different with a fantasy flavoring to a historical saga. Readers join the Maestro and his apprentice in trying to figure out who the spy is, why someone the hero knew was murdered, and what object caused the curse. Told by Alfeo, the audience sees through his awed eyes how his master is a Machiavellian wizard who pulls people into his way of thinking. --- Harriet Klausner
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