When Tudor explorers returned from the New World, they brought back a name out of half-forgotten Viking legend: skraylings. Red-sailed ships followed in the explorers’ wake, bringing Native American goods—and a skrayling ambassador—to London. But what do these seemingly magical beings really want in Elizabeth I’s capital? Mal Catlyn, a down-at-heel swordsman, is seconded to the ambassador’s bodyguard, but assassination attempts are the least of his problems. What he learns about the skraylings and their unholy powers could cost England her new ally—and Mal his soul.
“In her debut, Alchemist of Souls, Anne Lyle creates an alternate
Elizabethan England done right. A world where history meets fantasy
in the streets, and where neither emerges unscathed. With a twisting
plot, endearing characters, fast-paced action, and truly unique and
alien “fey”, Lyle steps up and gives notice to the genre. No wilting
faerie queens and tortured knights here: this is how historical
fantasy gets dirty. A great first installment in a promising new
Douglas Hulick, author of “Among Thieves”
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The story continues in The Merchant of Dreams…