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Reviews of The Alchemist of Souls:

  • Sunday Telegraph: “A lively, readable debut.”
  • Starburst Magazine: “Fans of rip-roaring tales of adventure, strange magic in a harsh world will love this…” 8/10
  • Publishers Weekly: “With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama, and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting.”
  • British Fantasy Society: “An outstanding debut and Lyle is certainly a name to watch for the future.”
  • A Dribble of Ink: “Mysterious circumstances combined with historical authenticity and the strange, Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls of Souls is a debut I can strongly recommend.”
  • Death, Books and Tea: “…rich characters and tone. I’ll definitely read on in the series! 4/5
  • Novel Reviews: “I loved the scenes in the Tower, and who doesn’t love a good romp through Elizabeth I’s capital city?”
  • Nocturnal Book Reviews: ” If you enjoy paranormal historical fiction the likes of Sword & Blood or Thieftaker, this book is definitely for you. 8.5/10
  • Paperless Reading: “a wonderful début…and will definitely appeal to both historical fiction and fantasy fans.”
  • Wynwords’s Weblog: “Set among theatres, the infamous Tower, and court, this novel takes you places.”
  • And the Pilcrow: “Alchemist of Souls is too awesome to be constrained by narrow-minded fantasy tropes.”
  • Kate of Mind: “…a version of A Song of Ice and Fire that’s all about the little people instead of the unpleasant, immoral bigshots jockeying for power.”
  • Leo Cristea: “Anne Lyle’s writing is beautiful, elegant and gripping; be prepared to be swept away to a rich and colourful depiction of a different Elizabethan England, where treachery and danger abound. 5/5
  • SFF Chronicles: “If you like your fantasy with a historical flavour, try this. It’s really good.”
  • Felix Pearce: “I’m invested in the characters and the story and I want to hear more about them…”
  • Functional Nerds: “Swashbuckling, adventure, intrigue, and yes, a tiny hint of romance. I enjoyed the novel immensely.”
  • Geek Syndicate: “Well written and researched, this is a good read, historically accurate, drawing on the history, customs and people of the time.”
  • Civilian Reader: “Lyle is a superb talent, one I think everyone should be reading.”
  • Cheryl’s Musings: “…an interesting and entertaining book and is likely to garner a lot of loyal fans.”
  • Seeking New Earth: “…when I read, I was sucked in.”
  • Fantasy Literature: “I can’t think of a much better way to spend a few hours than to curl up with this book.”
  • The Eloquent Page: “The Alchemist of Souls contains so many wonderful turns of phrase and scattering these throughout the text adds an extra layer of depth to the narrative.”
  • My Awful Reviews: “I love this book. It’s that simple.”
  • Falcata Times: “… a tale that really hits on so many levels.”
  • Red Rook Review: “…a sword and sorcery fantasy reminiscent of Fritz Leiber…with a definite nod toward the more mature, theme-based novels of “otherness” by C. J. Cherryh, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Lynn Flewelling.”
  • Sci-Fi Fan Letter: “With a lot of political intrigue, spies and plots, The Alchemist of Souls has something for everyone.”
  • SFF World: “…an assured debut that repays careful following.”
  • A Fantastical Librarian: “…one of my top reads so far this year and I wouldn’t be surprised to find it on my best reads-list at the end of the year!”
  • SciFi Bulletin: “An engrossing read that every so often pulls the carpet out from beneath your expectations.” 8/10
  • Book Chick City: “A sweeping story that engrossed me on many levels…”
  • Warpcore SF: “The world of The Alchemist of Souls is brilliantly conceived…full of intrigue and carefully researched period flavour that mixes well with the curious skraylings.” 5 stars.
  • I Will Read Books: “[a] beautifully written story of intrigue, hatred, mystery and love.”
  • Staffer’s Musings: “Mysterious circumstances combined with historical authenticity and the strange, Anne Lyle’s Alchemist of Souls is a 2012 debut I can strongly recommend.”
  • Elloise Hopkins: “…contains just the right balance of pace and action, magic and mystery, tension, betrayal and intrigue that you would expect from historical fantasy.”
  • The Founding Fields: “A fantastic, original piece of historical fantasy that makes Lyle a début author to watch out for in 2012.” 9/10.
  • Drying Ink: This is quite literally a joy to read: the characters live and breathe, the period (though alternate history) is gloriously detailed, and the finale fantastically final – and just a hint bittersweet.”