Publishing Date: February 2016
Publishers Description: It’s the year 1610. The world is in grave danger if a long-missing artifact falls into the hands of the Academy of Secrets, a group whose members have gained unnatural powers through alchemy. And Chrymos, a young woman with a mysterious past, may hold the key. For Chrymos, scrabbling out a wretched living on the streets of Renaissance Naples, the Academy represents a chance to gain special powers and make a difference in the world. But can she leave behind all the people that she cares about?
Review: That cover art could use a big reset.
Chrymos is a wonderful character. Well developed, with an intriguing story-line that follows her journey from gutter-snipe to….well I can’t tell you, that would be giving too much away. Where the novel falls down are the chapters that detail the assemblage of outcast angels and their lame council. Way too much effort went into characters that really lacked depth and on the whole, seemed like novel filler. If the author had kept Chrymos’ storyline the main focal point and had the outcasts interacting and enhancing her storyline this would have been an easy 5 stars.
Sometimes less is more and in this case would have been better served. The world building is outstanding, especially Nekbets realm as it leaks into the 17th century. As it is, a solid three stars with some robust page flipping.