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The Alchemist's Daughter

He arrival of two strangers Emilie now eighteen is completely unprepared for the new emotions aroused in her and her brilliant mind and passion for the natural world do nothing to prepare her for what comes next With no one to guide her she makes her choice with conseuences that are far reaching and tumultuo. It s strange the way some stories don t get to you This one had everything I should love in a novel an evocative setting a smart heroine an exploration of a father daughter relationship a touch of mystery and of course some romance But there s something that didn t click Maybe the lack of elegance in the prose maybe the intented to be well researched long descriptions of scientific experiments but I found I didn t care a bit about Emily s fate or about the outcome of the story The characters were unidimensional and not well crafted the father an obsessed man the daughter too na ve to be believable the husband a cheater the reverend a too much well hearted man who by the way appears and disappears from the story when the author thinks suitable and the maid a poor sinner Besides I found the story regarding Emily s mother too far fetched and with too many coincidences And unlike some reviews below I think there are no loose ends The book has a forced happy ending maybe a predictable and not well worked one though but it has a conclusion that leaves no doubt All in all I wouldn t be recommending this book don t lose your time when there are great books to be read as Du Maurier s or the Bront s

CHARACTERS The Alchemist's Daughter

Gent and beautiful has been raised in near isolation by her father John Selden a student of Isaac Newton aims to turn Emilie into a brilliant natural philosopher and alchemist And now he is embarking on his most daring experiment yet to breathe life into dead matter However the experiment is interrupted by t. I just didn t really get into this book but trudged my way through hoping it would get interesting It sounded interesting beautiful intelligent Emilie raised in seclusion by her father to be an alchemist and natural philosopher is swept off her feet by the first handsome man she sees and exiled to London where she begins her shocking journey to enlightenment However it did not live up to the blurb Emilie s character was flat and boring and she seemed to spend most of the novel wandering around in a blinkered trance feeling sorry for herself The romance was soon over once she found out her handsome lover was only after her money and property The secret of Emilie s mother wasn t all that interesting and a bit of a let down Even the alchemy wasn t very interesting as Emilie tries to bring a dead rose back to life by a process she seems to have no great passion for The ending is somewhat expected and inevitable So sorry but thumbs down from me

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From the author of Richard and Judy Book Club choice THE ROSE OF SEBASTOPOL When two strangers enters the manor of a brilliant alchemist and his talented young daughter nothing will remain the same Dark secrets haunt the manor house at Selden in Buckinghamshire where Emilie Selden motherless fiercely intelli. Those of you who are Old School know about the original Legend of Zelda The first game in the Zelda franchise was epic It was badass In my personal opinion few games have been as awesome since This book is a lot like the original Legend of Zelda Unfortunately it is like all the crappy and stupid aspects of that game and none of the cool ones Witness as I extrapolate The main character in this book lacks personality All of the things that sound kind of cool about her like she knows about alchemy in the end amount to practically footnotes as she wanders her way through a storyline always doing the most obvious thing at the moment At first she takes the tools thrust upon her by her father and lets him mold her personality entirely Like the little old man in the cave who gives Link his first sword thereby bringing slaughter upon the legions of weird animals wandering Hyrule Protagonist s father gives her the tools of alchemy and the knowledge of a very limited set of topics sciences and alchemy are about it She takes these tools and does the obvious thing with them seemingly content being her dad s cloneuntil a MAN walks in And then it doesn t matter who he is she is all hot and bothered and blushing and virginal unable to focus on her alchemy or science But she remains true to her father not going after any of these guys until one of them rapes her After he rapes her she marries himyou know because that makes sense But because Link is only capable of following instructions and killing like some little puppet serving the war pigs let me try that again Because Protagonist is only capable of doing what she s told she marries the young and handsome rapist even though she witnesses signs that he s only out for her money before they even get married This is the pattern that she follows through the rest of the book following the clearest instruction provided for her slowly gaining cooler clothes and items But unlike Link these items don t give her greater hit points or make it so she can do cooler things She just continues being a uni dimensional tool ignoring the ways those around her are using her or manipulating her The plot also shares some common elements with Zelda because everything is foreshadowed way ahead of time Every plot point is predictable almost from the point the involved characters enter the storyline Let me just throw some archetypes at you Feel free to guess at the ENTIRE PLOTLINE in the comments and you ll probably be right Overly Protective FatherFlat ProtagonistKind Sweet Widowed ReverendHandsome Money Hungry Rapist HusbandSneaky Distrustful MaidMother who is Entirely Unknown by Protagonist and is Never Talked About By AnyoneThe climax wasn t ENTIRELY clear until about two thirds of the way through the book so that s a mildly good thing But by the time you get there end is entirely abrupt and exactly what you d expect And after reading the other Goodreads reviews of this I was expecting some serious alchemy porn I was excited about pages talking about strange experiments and perhaps digging up bodies orwell SOMETHING cool Alchemy was the big draw for me here but there actually wasn t enough focus on that for me Mary Shelly can write some passages about science that add texture This book didn t have texture and the texture it didn t have wasn t improved by the small amount of alchemy included Unlike some of my reviews I m not being harsh just because I m grumpy I m actually in a pretty friggin good mood It has been a long time since I ve read anything by Ann Coulter I just got a job I m totally excited about and I m buying a beautiful house in a little over a month So coming from that frame of mind let me reiterate this book sucks Skip it But you should totally play The Legend of Zelda Link is a flat character but he s a flat character who ll put his foot up a moblin s ass I mean that as a good thing


About the Author: Katharine McMahon

The Rose of Sebastopol which was a Richard and Judy pick for 2007 The Crimson Rooms and The Alchemist's DaughterHer latest book The Hour of Separation is our in paperback on 22nd August Her fiction is based on the lives of extraordinary women She loves to explore how women in the past but with a contemporary slant The Hour of Separation tells the story of a complex friendship played out against a backdrop of resistance and betrayal in two world wars



10 thoughts on “The Alchemist's Daughter

  1. says:

    Those of you who are Old School know about the original Legend of Zelda The first game in the Zelda franchise was epic It was badass

  2. says:

    This book was a cross between literary fiction and bodice ripper romance Katharine McMahon seems to be sitting over the fence not uite sure what kind of book she wanted to write She put her heroine in a similar position Emil

  3. says:

    Katharine McMahon is an excellent example of the problem I have with modern writers In reading or listening to in this case her book I found I was transported through the ailes of a book store One moment I was reading something out of historical fiction then scientific theory and then a trashy romance noveland there lies my problem I wish modern authors had enough imagination as to address sex scenes as they did in this case the 1700's I do

  4. says:

    I just didn't really get into this book but trudged my way through hoping it would get interesting It sounded interesting beautiful intelligent Emilie raised in seclusion by her father to be an alchemist and natural philosopher is swept off her feet by the first handsome man she sees and exiled to London where she begins

  5. says:

    I have read a LOT of negative reviews about this book and I really don't get it I must have horrible taste then because I absolutely LOVED it Written on Feb 24 2009 at 0929PM Read the Dutch translation

  6. says:

    It is rare for me to say this about a book but I did not like this book It was disappointing and not at all satisfying I'm not sure what I expected perhaps for it to be a bit like the conservative 19th century England of Austen novels which i

  7. says:

    I read halfway through this book one evening but then it didn't seem worth finishing The plot description made it sound like an intelligent book about an intelligent woman livinglearning at the time of Isaac Newton But the book wasn't smart and neither was the main character The author latched onto one concept in alchemy and just repeats it so the character can impress everyone she meets rather than giving any additional insight into the ph

  8. says:

    A good read nice gothic feel to it though I felt that it built to something that never really arrived

  9. says:

    It's strange the way some stories don't get to you This one had everything I should love in a novel an evocative setting a smart heroine an exploration of a father daughter relationship a touch of mystery and of co

  10. says:

    Another really good book I love historical fiction The main character Emilie drove me crazy at some points because she made such bad crazy decisions But I had to remind myself that it was the time period she was growing up in and also that she had lived a very sheltered life which could definitely happen in that time period I did enjoy the story though and it was based on real situations Sir Issac Newton was

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