An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors: Book One in the Risen Kingdoms

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Tom Doherty Associates, Aug 29, 2017 - Fiction - 384 pages
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An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is Curtis Craddock's delightful and engrossing fantasy debut featuring a genius heroine and her guardian, a royal musketeer, which Brandon Sanderson calls, "A great read!"

Born with a physical disability, no magical talent, and a precocious intellect, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs has lived her life being underestimated by her family and her kingdom. The only person who appreciates her true self is Jean-Claude, the fatherly musketeer who had guarded her since birth.

All shall change, however, when an unlikely marriage proposal is offered, to the second son of a dying king in an empire collapsing into civil war.

But the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude plunge into a great maze of prophecy, intrigue, and betrayal, where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. Step by dangerous step, Isabelle must unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception.


“A setting fabulous and strange, heroes to cheer for, villains to detest, a twisty, tricky plot — I love this novel!” —Lawrence Watt Evans

“A thrilling adventure full of palace intrigue, mysterious ancient mechanisms, and aerial sailing ships!” —David D. Levine

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User Review  - jdifelice - www.librarything.com

An awesome, intricate, and detailed story that will suck you in, and keep you guessing. Princess Isabelle is resigned to a life alone, and dedicated to her illicit studies. Yet as her 24th birthday ... Read full review

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User Review  - Griffin22 - LibraryThing

Very enjoyable with lots of derring-do. Surprisingly, considering it is the first in a series, this book is a finished story in itself. Any further adventures will present our heros with completely new challenges. I look forward to seeing more of the different magics. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
11
Section 2
25
Section 3
41
Section 4
57
Section 5
71
Section 6
87
Section 7
103
Section 8
119
Section 13
227
Section 14
244
Section 15
255
Section 16
272
Section 17
285
Section 18
305
Section 19
320
Section 20
332

Section 9
134
Section 10
153
Section 11
181
Section 12
202
Section 21
359
Section 22
385
Section 23
410
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About the author (2017)

CURTIS CRADDOCK lives in Sterling, CO, where he teaches English to inmates in a state penitentiary. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors is his debut, a first in The Risen Kingdoms trilogy.

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