Reading is my passion! I'll read anything if it looks good & sounds good. I'm also a sucker for books with unique settings & I'd choose Hardcovers over E-Books any day! : ) -Empress Reece
This was a solid follow-up to Lawrence's first book, The Alchemist's Daughter. She really transports you back to London in the 1600's with the old language and the descriptive setting which I enjoy. I also really like the characters especially Bianca and Meddybemps.
I would have liked for Bianca to have practiced more alchemy in this book though and to learn more in-depth about the ingredients and methods etc. she uses for her physickes and medicinals. I felt like that was kind of glossed over so hopefully in the next book we'll see more of Bianca doing her thing.
Also, there was a scene on a skiff where Bianca is holding a little girl because the father ran off to catch his son. There were some questions about the father's intentions and Bianca was going to look into it but nothing more was said so I think that's a loose end that needs to be tied up.
Overall though, it was a nice historical mystery. If you enjoy alchemy and old London, it's a series worth checking out. I know I'll be keeping an eye out for the next book.
*I received this ARC from Netgalley & Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!