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Nd the invention of Greek Fire is an amazing achievement in its own right However the book fails utterly to capture any sense of this wonderhorror In fact it seems largely uninterested in the Fire aspect and instead focuses on the Fromentin perfume manufacturing love interest of Callimachus the Fire s inventor There s nothing wrong with this and nothing says that a book about the Fire has to be about the Fire s creator but it uickly becomes apparent that the Fire is a sideshow to the mainlot Instead the Punishing My Slutty Little Sister plot deals with the former concubine of Theodosius a now dead and disgraced member of the imperial family and her daughter with him The interesting elements here are in seeing how one s sense of identity can change whenlaced in a different environment Specifically the transition from being a reasonably free daughter of the lower class to being a tightly constrained Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 princess of the royal line This is an interesting story to tell However this isn t the main story either In fact there is no main story What we get is a lot of smallerlotlines stacked on top of each other and dragged out beyond reasonableness It s basically a slice of life novel which is not what I expected or wanted really given the remiseAs for the two main lots the Greek Fire lotline is never really I expected or wanted really given the remiseAs for the two main lots the Greek Fire lotline is never really it s merel so far i m not into this bookusually there is a real depth to her characters that seems to be missing in this BOOK I M DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I VE REALLY ENJOYED i m disappointed because i ve really enjoyed last 3 brad One of the best historical fiction authors This is about the invention of Greek Fire and so much Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite historical fiction writers so I look forward eagerly to new books from her Sadly Alchemy of Fire was a disappointment and I say that with great reluctance Set in Constantinople in the 7th century CE it tells the story of Anna a erfume maker whose daughter is the roduct of Anna s union with the now dead brother to an emperor and of Kallinikos a Syrian who has fled to Constantinople to escape the Arab invasion and is now working on a secret weapon with which to fight the ArabsBradshaw is usually skilled at bringing other times and cultures to life in her fiction but this time the characters and setting fail to come completely alive The dialogue is wooden and filled with italics so many that I counted nineteen italicized words on two consecutive The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) pages at oneoint and I never really cared about the characters or the lots they were caught up in Having been reading lately about medieval Islam I was intrigued to see what Bradshaw might make of its clash with Byzantium but unfortunately the answer was not much Skip this and go read The Beacon at Alexandria instead if you haven t read Bradshaw before You ll get a much better sense of what she can do with historical fiction. Out her daughter is forced into the open Anna must accept huge upheaval and recognize her feelings for Kalliniko. Alchemy of FireN anyone do before Her writing reminds me of Rosemary Sutcliff at times it scratches the same sort of itch though her books are adultAlchemy of Fire is set in Constantinople and follows the fortunes of the owner adultAlchemy of Fire is set in Constantinople and follows the fortunes of the owner a Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners perfume shop There s intrigue andoliticking and there s romance as well and the story is set against the backdrop of the Arab attacks on Constantinople It s the invention of Greek fire but it also deals with motherhood and the experience of seeing a child you love grow up with grief with falling in love against All Sense And Without Realising But Not sense and without realising but not some instantaneous magical way The emotional journey felt real and I was rooting for it from the beginning because it didn t feel as though Anna was somehow destined to marry It felt like it could have remained friendship or ended badly or anythingI found it touching and absorbing even though I wouldn t call it unputdownable It takes its time for all that it only comprises 250 Who Is Gloria Steinem? pages or so It didn t strike me with brilliance like a couple of Bradshaw s other books but I enjoyed itReviewed for The Bibliophibian Not bad I like Gillian Bradshaw so I can be forgiving of boringarts of the book Her books always have an interesting strong female character and are good historical fiction I liked arts of this story but it seemed a bit all over the lace like the authoress couldn t decide what character to follow The slow burn romance was retty sweet and I liked it was about two mature adults not simply very young eople I liked the historical aspect and descriptions of course Ms Bradshaw never fails to ull you right through the ages and into the homes streets battlefields or Corazones solitarios palaces of the times I loved the interesting descriptions and examples of being aerfume maker back in the day Super fascinating I did however find my interest lacking after about the halfway mark it didn t seem to Napříč nekonečnem progress with as much tension as many of her other books and though wasleased with the happy ending it felt a bit lackluster I admit to being a bitdisconcerted with how the authoress felt the need to acknowledge several times how she didn t want to come across as racist against Muslim s by describing their brutal ractices in lifestyle and war It is about historical events that happened and the facts of brutality among races and religions and other factions did and still do happen It is not one of the eaceful religions as our Wars today against such factions still exist It s okay to mention if it s grounded in truth surelyAnyway it s a good book but not the best Plot 3 distracted and overly fracturedCharacters 5 genuine ersonalities not given sufficient developmentAccuracy 10 well researched account including many obscure detailsThe 7th century Arab siege of Constantinople is a great setting for a novel Ns and Kallinikos an alchemist working on a secret weapon to use in the seige comes into their lives a secret ab.


I really like Gillian Bradshaw but I think I ve read too many of her books I found this novel completely Variance (Raise Your Weapon, predictable The characters beautiful independent business woman and nerdy scientist love interest were identical to those that have appeared in her other historical novels Thelot didn t have any twists or surprises and the setting of Constantinople didn t really shine through as vividly as some of Bradshaw surprises and the setting of Constantinople didn t really shine through as vividly as some of Bradshaw other venues So a nice read but not uite as enjoyable as I was hoping If Bradshaw spent time on imbuing her characters with the life and culture of the Mermaid period and less time showing is she s done her research on it she could be a good his to all fiction writer She could learn a lot from Mary Renault As it is couldn t getast the 1st 100 Hochzeit mit Hindernissen pages before Giving up out of boredom Anna has made it aoint in her life to remain fiercely independent in a world where a woman is expected to marry Formerly the concubine of the brother of the Emperor who died in disgrace she has devoted herself to raising their now twelve year old daughter Theodosia and to running the successful erfume shop she owns When a grubby stranger named Kallinikos arrives at her shop wanting to buy used erfume making euipment she treats him as she treats all other men as a otential threat to her way of life Kallinikos is an alchemist studying the ways of fire He explains that he is developing a new kind of fire one destructive than any that can be imagined With the threat of an Arab invasion of Constantinople looming ever darker on the horizon he believes that His Invention Will Be Of invention will be of value Unwittingly Anna finds herself drawn to him fascinated not only by his work but by the man behind it As the threat of war grows ever closer and with Kallinikos work and therefore the safety of the city being jeopardized by a jealous superior officer Anna must decide what her feelings for Kallinikos are and what she is willing to sacrifice for himThis book was an interesting take on the invention of greek fire It was a good light read that didn t overly tax my brain but at the same time it was nothing earth shatteringly grand Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction but all in all I definitely referred her Island of Ghosts and The Sand Reckoner to this book Both of those books it seemed had a lot depth of lot and character than this Still it was an enjoyable read for a lazy Saturday at home If you re looking for thoughtful well researched historical fiction Gillian Bradshaw is a good bet and she doesn t always stick to the beaten ath roducing stories about Caesars and Cleopatras Island of Ghosts for example surprised me by having a Samartian hero serving the Roman army in Britain Not an Italian not a Brit but a whole different view I don t think I ve see. Constantinople 672 ad Ex concubine Anna is attempting to raise her daughter well but as an Arab invasion threate.

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