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Are good historical fiction so far i m not into this bookusually there is a real epth to her characters that seems to be missing in this book i m Repressed Memories A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse FiresideParkside Recovery Book disappointed because i ve really enjoyed the last 3 bradshaw books that i ve read maybe it will get betteri 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 plotidn t have any twists or surprises and the setting of Constantinople Experiments in a Jazz Aesthetic didn t really shine through as vividly as some of Bradshaw s other venues So a nice read but not uite as enjoyable as I was hoping If you re looking for thoughtful well researched historical fiction Gillian Bradshaw is a good bet and sheoesn t always stick to the beaten path producing 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 African Literature 9 different view Ion t think I ve seen anyone Alien Conquest 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 alsoeals 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 in some instantaneous magical way The emotional journey felt real and I was rooting for it from the beginning because it Secrets of the TEASĀ® Exam Study Guide didn t feel as though Anna was somehowestined 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 pages or so It Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery didn t strike me with brilliance like a couple of Bradshaw s other books but I enjoyed itReviewed for The Bibliophibian Plot 3istracted and overly fracturedCharacters 5 genuine personalities not given sufficient Conjure In African American Society developmentAccuracy 10 well resear. Out heraughter is forced into the open Anna must accept huge upheaval and recognize her feelings for Kalliniko.

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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 Womens Political Activism in Palestine disappointment and I say that with great reluctance Set in Constantinople in the 7th century CE it tells the story of Anna a perfume maker whoseaughter is the product of Anna s union with the now Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, 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 Theialogue 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 The alphas abused mate do with historical fiction Anna has made it a point 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 whoied in Word Alchemy disgrace she hasevoted herself to raising their now twelve year old The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures 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 euipment 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 explains that he iseveloping a new kind of fire one An Endless Lie destructive than any that can be imagined With the threat of an Arab invasion of Constantinople looming everarker on the horizon he believes that his invention will be of great value Unwittingly Anna finds herself ROMANCE (BWWM Military Romance Boxset) (African American Urban Series Short Stories Book 1) 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 mustecide what her feelings for Kallinikos are and what she is Constantinople 672 ad Ex concubine Anna is attempting to raise her aughter well but as an Arab invasion threate.

Illing to sacrifice for himThis book was an interesting take on the invention of greek fire It was a good light read that idn 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 After the Tears definitely preferred her Island of Ghosts and The Sand Reckoner to this book Both of those books it seemed had a lotepth of plot and character than this Still it was an enjoyable 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 Daddy Blames Me decide what character to follow The slow burn romance was pretty sweet and I liked it was about two mature adults not simply very young people I liked the historical aspect andescriptions 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 Statistical Arbitrage: Algorithmic Trading Insights and Techniques (Wiley Finance) descriptions and examples of being a perfume maker back in theay Super fascinating I Facing the Rising Sun did however find my interest lacking after about the halfway mark itidn t seem to progress with as much tension as many of her other books and though was pleased 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 Best African American Fiction 2010 didn t want to come across as racist against Muslim s byescribing their brutal practices in lifestyle and war It is about historical events that happened and the facts of brutality among races and religions and other factions Her Alien Bodyguard (The Guards Of Attala, did and stillo happen It is not one of the peaceful 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 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 one 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. Ns and Kallinikos an alchemist working on a secret weapon to use in the seige comes into their lives a secret ab.

Born in Arlington Virgina Gillian Bradshaw grew up in Washington Santiago Chile and Michigan She is a Classics graduate from Newnham College Cambridge and published her first novel Hawk of May just before her final term A highly acclaimed historical novelist Gillian Bradshaw has won the Hopwood Award for Fiction among other prizes She lives in Cambridge with her husband and their four

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