[Review] The Alchemist of Souls by Anne Lyle

The Alchemist of souls by Anne Lyle

The Alchemist of souls by Anne Lyle

So i picked this up at Eastercon in April, and only got around to it on Tuesday night. I read a short bit before i had to stop, for many reasons. I was hooked enough to know that if i went much further, i wouldn’t stop till i was done.

Last night though i powered through the entire book, and i can only say that it is a brilliant book.

The story is revealed through the point of view two main characters, and one sidekick.

The two main characters are a man who is not a noble, but who is able to move with people of the noble class because of his background, and a girl who has spent the last five years hiding out as a man, working in the theater, and seems to have a mechanical mind set. The sidekick is a good friend of the male main character, and is often used to show viewpoints that neither of the main show.

The story is set in an alternate history version of Elizabethan England. When the Europeans arrived in the New World, they found a race of people called Skrayling. These people have been trading with Europe since. The Skrayling are allied with the English, and for the first time have decided to send an ambassador to the court.

While the plot revolves around the arrival of this ambassador, not all of the events in the book are directly tied to the plot. Sometimes events happen as a result of the actions of the characters, that does not directly serve the plot, but are the consequences of actions by various actors. This adds to the general realism of the story.

There is a lot going on in this book, and i am not going to go into them, as i would not do them justice. All i can say is that I will be on the look out for the sequel to this book.

Housing Worries

I am currently renting. I love the house I am in, and I am sure that I will post some pictures of the Awesome Kitchen, and the dining room, which is perfect for gaming.

However one of the problems with the house is that the landlord has it up for sale. As much as I would love to purchase the house, it is so far out of my price range that a 50% pay raise would probably still have it out of range.

Now in the year and a month since I moved in, I moved in on the 31st of December 2o11, no one has actually viewed the house, until this week. Now this is not a sign that anything is going to happen, As the House is still about €50,000 overpriced for the area, and the small bits of maintenance that it needs.

However it has just brought back to mind the issue exists. While we have a lease that means we will get three months to move out once he tells us that he is selling the house, the chances of finding a house this nice again is so low.

The house is reasonably well located. I can walk to work in about 30 minutes, while it is located beside Phibsborough Village, and all of its amenities. There is also, as I previously mentioned, the huge Kitchen, the sitting room and dining room combo, the Indoor barbecue, the Large Bathroom.

While there are some downsides, like having to share with three other people, these are well offset by what we get and how much it is costing us.

So while being forced to move would not be the end of the world, it would not be happy making.