cover image A Conspiracy of Alchemists

A Conspiracy of Alchemists

Liesel Schwarz. Del Rey, $25 (352p) ISBN 978-0-345-54507-7

Elle Chance is a lone zeppelin pilot in a 1903 Europe where technology fueled by magic is commonplace. After agreeing to deliver a mysterious locked box for Mr. Marsh, whose arrogance is matched by his wealth, Elle is hunted by powerful agents of the supernatural—some who want to imprison her in a gilded cage and may have killed her mother, and others who would regain their ancient dark powers with her sacrifice. Marsh is the only one who can help her navigate the shadows before they consume her, but whether he is a friend or an enemy agent is unclear. Schwarz’s debut blossoms with possibilities for a future hinging on the brave and determined Elle, who both loves science and wields Light’s magic. Intrigue, slightly contrived romantic tension, and colorful settings will appeal to fans of light fantasy and adventure. (Mar.)