Review: The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett


Publisher: Pyr

Publishing Date: October 2016

ISBN: 9781633882331

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 3.2

Publishers Description: This genre-bending historical fantasy mixes alchemy and genetics as a doctor and an apothecary try to prevent a pharmaceutical company from exploiting the book that made them immortal centuries ago.

Review: This was a pretty solid read with really good writing. The author’s ability to weave a concise storyline while jumping to and fro in time is laudable. “So why 3 stars?”. There was a bit too much casting back from the present to build the story line and subsequently this halted the movement. When the movement is halted we tend to get one dimensional characters, especially the supporting cast.  For instance, while Simon is integral to the story line I didn’t find myself rooting for him and this ambivalence carries through to other supporting cast mates. The characters, while not wholly flat are rendered in such a way that you don’t really care what happens to them.

 If you like Victorian era settings that center around a mysterious book owned by an immortal, get it.

3 thoughts on “Review: The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett

  1. I read a review of this one yesterday as well and it tackled some of the same issues as yours does. What do you think of the cover? I think it looks a bit meh.

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