Mercury Retrograde: A Dark Alchemy Novel

Mercury Retrograde: A Dark Alchemy Novel

by Laura Bickle

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ISBN-13: 9780062437617
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Series: Dark Alchemy Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 266,107
File size: 654 KB

About the Author

Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology–Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs. Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016. More information about Laura’s work can be found at

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Mercury Retrograde: A Dark Alchemy Novel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I accidentally read the last book first, something I try hard not to do. I nearly didn't go back and read the earlier books but I'm so glad I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the first book, Dark Alchemy, Mercury Retrograde is a great read. Filled with action and adventure, it has a cohesive and wonderful storyline. The characters are engaging and detailed. Truly a good book to buy and read.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Lots of stuff happening in this second book. Too much to tell without spoiling it for you. I'll do my best. We're back with Petra and her loyal companion, Sig, and they are quickly drawn into the mystery of a giant serpent slithering through the park, killing in horrific ways. The hunt is on. And Gabe and the other Hanged Men are also hunting the Basilisk. They need its blood to save the alchemy tree that gives them life. It's dying and the serpents blood might be their last chance to save it, and themselves. Something kept me from falling immediately in love with this one. Not sure what, but by the end, the author got five stars out of me. I adore Petra, Sig, and Gabe. And she always gives me the most spectacular villains to vote off the island. I'm in luck and have the third book sitting right beside me. Off to more mad adventures and danger with some favorite characters.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I was absolutely thrilled when I heard that this book was coming out! I had previously enjoyed Dark Alchemy (the first book in this series) so much and had my fingers crossed that the author would be writing a sequel. So you can imagine my surprise and excitement when I got wind of this book. This series is so completely original and is just different from everything out there! I find it a treat to read and this has been my experience with both books in this series. I should say that you need to start off by reading the first book in this series because events in this book are a continuation from book one. Not all of it which means new readers could start with this book if they wanted but I just feel like they would be missing out a bit. And personally I feel like that this is such a great series and shouldn't be missed! I love how the author takes the impossible and makes it possible with these books. I just cannot emphasize enough how fresh and unique these books are. It is a mish mash of genres in the best possible way: a mystery mixed in with fantasy along with some steampunk elements and a western feel all rolled into one. I love it so much for all of these different reasons (and these are the same things that I loved about book one)! In this book Petra once again finds herself caught up in a heap of trouble as she attempts to help investigate the mysterious deaths of a family that have died for no apparent reason. She is looking at the geological features of the area trying to determine if a hot gas spot is the reason behind these deaths or could it be the mysterious snake that was sighted in the area. Almost instantly things start to go wrong and Petra is forced to search for answers while trying to keep herself out of danger. I found myself immersed in this book immediately after starting was just that easy to fall back into the world that Bickle had created in Dark Alchemy. I loved that we had the chance to meet up again with all of my favorite characters from the previous book. I especially loved that this book delved more into the mysterious hanged men and their fate after the way that things had ended in book one (trying not to spoil anything here so sorry if I'm being too vague). This book was just as fast paced as the first book and just as hard to set down. Basically I just loved this book as much as I did the first and am now a huge fan of this series! And the ending- what an ending! I loved that we got some answers but I also really loved the set up for the next book. There is going to be a next book!!! I cannot wait! Overall, I just cannot say enough good things about this series or about this book! I hope that other readers are reading and loving this series as much as I have. Trust this author to take you on a wild ride that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Now I'm just going to have to patiently wait and wish for the next book in this series. Highly recommended! Bottom Line: Such a great follow-up to the first book in this series! I cannot recommend it enough! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago