22 Oct 2010
THE POISON MASTER.
..... From the inner front cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (chapter one): "Are you certain this unnatural device will not fail us?" Sir John Cheke's face was a study in apprehension.
MEMORABLE MOMENT: The woman wore a long shift shift, of what Alivet initially thought to be velvet. Then she saw the dress was made of lichen: held together by a web of vines and starred with flowers. Elaniel's beautiful face was dusted with flowers.
Intrigued by the interesting cover (I wish I could include the back view) which seemed to tell a story in it's own right, I had to have a copy of this book. Set in two different worlds, many different planets many, many years apart this could have been a difficult novel to follow but wasn't. Not usually the type of genre I read, I must say that I really enjoyed The Poison Master with it's intricate twists and turns and fascinating characters including my favourites - the anubes who, like the Egyptian god, Anubis, were part human/part jackal.
Primarily about Alivet, a young alchemist, distinguished by the tattoo on the palm of her hand and the bands in her hair, the book also tells the story of her descendant John Dee both of whom are on a quest, Alivet to free her sister and John to, well you will have to read the book to find that out, I wouldn't want to give away any of the plot.
I loved Alivet who was both intelligent, resilient and yet, at the same time, vulnerable whilst I longed to know more of John Dee's story which I found to be a bit sketchy - in fact so much so that I don't know if the book would have been any the less a read if this had not been included.
Easy enough to read and yet complex in detail, rather like a jigsaw I found myself having to fit together the various parts, I was unable to put this down wanting to know what happened next at the turn of every page.
The Poison Master was bought in Scarborough.