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Alchemy Ever After by: Raine & Sion O'tierney
The city of New Alexandria is filled with powerful magicians-in-training and mechanical follies, the world’s largest library, and marvels beyond compare. The allure of this modern metropolis draws young people from all over the world, but Idrian has come instead for the opportunity to learn the new art of alchemy.
He’s been taken as an apprentice by Maketh, a scholar experimenting with new ways to combine technology and the ancient mystic arts. Together they’ve animated a living ice sculpture. Idrian cannot wait to unveil the sculpture alongside the other wonders at the annual Spring Festival.
After witnessing his master in a passionate embrace with another student, Idrian’s mind drifts to things beyond alchemy. And when a warm touch accidentally awakens the consciousness within the living sculpture, Idrian learns firsthand about physicality and the magic of passion.
First off I have to say, what a cover, it's just perfect! Now onto the story, well that is just perfect also, a very vivid and emotional story that is novella in length, but epic volume at heart! There is so much detail and emotion in this story that it just flies off the page, I knew it would be good with Raine and Sion writing it, but it surpassed all levels of expectation! Idrian is a lovely lad who desires to learn Alchemy, but ends up learning so much more than that! I won't give away secrets, I will say that if you want to step into a fantastic world provided by a fantastic story, then this one's for you! Thanks Raine and Sion, for taking every high expectation I had of this book and surpassing it by shooting for the moon!
the 5 retort rating of course!!
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The student was compactly muscular and handsome. An intricate array of glowing tattoos was set off against the dark olive of his skin. The man had, minutes before, come through their door unannounced and called out to the master in a terribly familiar fashion. It had left Idrian unsettled. Master Maketh had been in the midst of crafting Essence to bottle and sell. It was a delicate process that took days and, if left unattended, would move too quickly through the latter phases, turning the Essence black and useless.
Given the need for concentration and care, it shocked Idrian tremendously to see his master leave the workbench without even noting his place in the procedure. Master Maketh had gone straight to the swarthy man. But Idrian’s shock was dwarfed by his next, even greater surprise. The student—for his uniform surely showed him to be from the Academy—had dropped his bags and thrown himself at the master, leaping so that his knees were about the master’s waist. Idrian had thought himself about to witness the murder of his mentor. Surely, this intruder would throttle him!
Except Master Maketh’s hands had not come up in defense, but instead encircled the student, one on his back, one on his—! Idrian’s mind blanked watching the tawdry scene. He had taken up his broom and begun to work, even though he’d finished the duty satisfactorily only a few hours before. Their lips were—! And their arms—! The student wasn’t beating the master; hands Idrian had thought were meant to strike or claw now tangled instead in the master’s long, white-streaked hair. They were recklessly kissing, like they must kiss in the bordellos of New Alexandria. In all his short life, Idrian had never seen the like.
Idrian heard the student speak, and his hands—full of splinters from the old wooden broom—froze on the shaft. He knew at once, without even glancing out of the corner of his eye, that he’d been spotted. Knew the dark note in the man’s voice was for Idrian. Knew the two were no longer embroiled in passion.
“Who is that?”
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Raine O'Tierney lives outside of Kansas City with her husband, fellow Dreamspinner Press author, Siôn O'Tierney. When she's not writing, she's either asleep or fighting the good fight for intellectual freedom at her library day job. Raine believes the best thing we can do in life is be kind to one another, and she enjoys encouraging fellow writers! Writing for 20+ years (with the last 10 spent on M/M) Raine changes sub-genres to suit her mood and believes all good stories end sweetly. Contact her if you're interested in talking about point-and-click adventure games or about which dachshunds are the best kinds of dachshunds!
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Siôn O’Tierney is a philosopher and gamer, but above all else, a consumer of stories. The best decision Siôn ever made was marrying his high-school sweetheart a week after graduation. (For the stories, and the sweet, sweet author monies.) These days, Siôn lives in Kansas City with his wife and writing partner, Raine O’Tierney. His free time is spent editing and walking the family's long-haired dachshund, Iron Klaus (maybe that’s not free time after all).
DSP Author Page: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/AuthorArcade/sion-otierney
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