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Book was an interesting take on the invention of greek fire It Was A Good Light a good light that didn t overly tax my brain but at the same time it was nothing arth shatteringly grand Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite authors of historical fiction but all in all I definitely preferred her Island of Ghosts and The Sand Reckoner to this book Both of those books it seemed had a lot depth of plot and character than this Still it was an njoyable read for a lazy Saturday at home I liked parts of this story but it seemed a bit all over the place like the authoress couldn t decide what character to follow The slow burn romance was pretty sweet and I LIKED IT WAS ABOUT TWO MATURE it was about two mature not simply very young people I liked the historical aspect and descriptions of course Ms Bradshaw never fails to pull you right through the pages and into the homes streets battlefields or palaces of the times I loved the interesting descriptions and xamples of being a perfume maker back in the day Super fascinating I did however find my interest lacking after about the halfway mark it didn t seem to progress with as much tension as many of her other books and though was pleased with the happy nding 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 practices in lifestyle and war It is about historical vents that against Muslim s by describing their brutal practices in lifestyle and war It is about historical Infamous events that and the facts of brutality among races and religions and other factions did and still do happen It is not one of the peaceful religions as our Wars today against such factions stillxist It s okay to mention if it s grounded in truth surelyAnyway it s a good book but not the best One of the best historical fiction authors This is about the invention of Greek Fire and so much If Bradshaw spent time on imbuing her characters with the life and culture of the 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 get past the 1st 100 pages before Giving up out of boredom Not bad I like Gillian Bradshaw so I can be forgiving of boring parts of the book Her books always have an interesting strong female character and are good historical fiction so far i m not into this bookusu. Ns and Kallinikos an alchemist working on a secret weapon to use in the seige comes into their lives a secret ab. Gillian Bradshaw is one of my favorite historical fiction writers so I look forward agerly to new books from her Sadly Alchemy of Fire was a eagerly to new books from her Sadly Alchemy of Fire was a and I say that with great reluctance Set in Constantinople in the 7th century CE it tells the story of Anna a perfume maker whose daughter is the product of Anna s union with the now dead brother to an mperor and of Kallinikos a Syrian who has fled to Constantinople to scape 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 pages at one point and I never really cared about the characters or the plots 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 Anna has made it a point in her life to remain fiercely independent in a world where a woman is xpected 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 perfume shop she owns When a grubby stranger named Kallinikos arrives at her shop wanting to buy used perfume making uipment she treats him as she treats all other men as a potential threat to her way of life Kallinikos is an alchemist studying the ways of fire He xplains 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 ver fire one destructive than any that can be imagined With the threat of an Arab invasion of Constantinople looming ver on the horizon he believes that his invention will be of great 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 ver 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. Constantinople 672 ad Ex concubine Anna is attempting to raise her daughter well but as an Arab invasion threate. Ally there is a real depth to Her Characters That Seems To Be Missing characters that seems to be missing this book i m disappointed because i ve really njoyed the last 3 bradshaw books that i ve read maybe it will get really In the Surgical Theatre enjoyed the last 3 bradshaw books that i ve read maybe it will get m on page 100 I really like Gillian Bradshaw but I think I ve read too many of her books I found this novel completely predictable The characters beautiful independent business woman and nerdy scientist love interest were identical to those that have appeared in her other historical novels The plot didn t have any twists or surprises and the setting of Constantinople didn t really shine through as vividly as some of Bradshaw s other venues So a nice read but not uite asnjoyable as I was hoping 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 path producing stories about Caesars and Cleopatras Island of Ghosts for Hinterlands and Commodities: Place, Space, Time and the Political Economic Development of Asia Over the Long Eighteenth Century 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 seen 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 of a perfume shop There s intrigue and politicking 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 thexperience of seeing a child you love grow up with grief with falling in love against all sense and without realising but not in some instantaneous magical way The Hometown Valentine 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 ornded badly or anythingI found it touching and absorbing ven though I wouldn t call it unputdownable It takes its time for all that it only comprises 250 pages or so It didn t strike me with brilliance like a couple of Bradshaw s other books but I njoyed itReviewed for The Bibliophibian Plot 3 distracted and overly fracturedCharacters 5 genuine personalities not given sufficient developmentAccuracy 10 well researched account including many obscure detailsThe 7th century Arab siege of Constantinople is a Out her daughter is forced into the open Anna must accept huge upheaval and recognize her feelings for Kalliniko.

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