The Alchemist of Souls

Night's Masque Book 1

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 Catlyn his soul.

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"With an effective mix of espionage, backstage drama and mystery, Lyle provides compelling drama in an intriguing setting."
Publishers Weekly

Shortlisted for the British Fantasy Society Sydney J Bounds Best Newcomer Award 2013