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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors Hardcover – 29 Aug 2017

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (29 August 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765389592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765389596
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.5 x 24.4 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 699 g
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"A gripping tale of a woman who refuses to be defined by her physical and magical limitations, thwarting both assassins and all who see her as a pawn. A great read!" -- Brandon Sanderson

"Curtis Craddock's debut is a grand tale of intrigue, adventure, and gaslight fantasy in the tradition of Alexander Dumas." --Charles Stross

"A setting fabulous and strange, heroes to cheer for, villains to detest, a twisty, tricky plot -- I love this novel!" --Lawrence Watt Evans

"In a world shattered by sorcery, a princess without magic battles for peace, aided only by her wits and a drunken sot of a musketeer. A thrilling adventure full of palace intrigue, mysterious ancient mechanisms, and aerial sailing ships!" --David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars

"Debut author Craddock's vivid, fluid prose makes for the best kind of world building....His writing remains buoyant, sweeping the reader along with the ease of an airship. Isabelle's dedication to peace and Jean-Claude's dedication to Isabelle comprise the novel's emotional core, even as they flip-flop allies and adapt to a barrage of shocking twists." -- Booklist, starred review

"The skullduggery is pleasurably complex, the emotional stakes feel convincing, and the reasonably happy ending feels earned. And while Jean-Claude's doggedness in protecting Isabelle is admirable, Isabelle is decidedly and enjoyably not a damsel in need of rescue. A very promising start, both for a series and a new author." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

About the Author

CURTIS CRADDOCK lives in Sterling, CO, where he teaches English to inmates in a state penitentiary. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is his debut, a first in The Risen Kingdoms trilogy.

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