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The Poison Master [Paperback]

Liz Williams
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17 Sep 2013
From an outstanding new British writer, a dazzlingly colourful novel of Gothic SF
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  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media; Reprint edition (17 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480437972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480437975
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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On the planet of Latent Emanation, humans form the lowest class, at the mercy of strange and decadent alien rulers: the Lords of Night. The young alchemist Alivet has chafed under the Lords' domination ever since her twin sister was abducted to serve in their palace. But, having saved every penny to rescue her, Alivet's plans are wrecked when she finds herself on the run for murder. Her only hope now seems to be a mysterious stranger named Ari Ghairen, the Poison Master from the planet Hathes. Ghairen needs an alchemist of Alivet's expertise to compound the one drug that can free her human kin by destroying the Lords. Sequestered in Ghairen's fortress laboratory on Hathes, lied to by both her new ally and the enigmatic governess he employs, Alivet doesn't know whom to trust or where to turn. But if she doesn't find some answers soon, she will lose everything. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Abandoning the world of academic philosophy, Liz Williams now lives and writes in Brighton, West Sussex. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and absorbing 11 July 2010
Format:Paperback
The combination of fantasy with more traditionally science-fiction elements in this story is unusual and completely absorbing. The world-building is skilfully done; Latent Emanation and Hathes come across as fascinating places, very different from the worlds we're used to, and expertly portrayed without a tiresome excess of detail. The character of Ari Ghairen is fascinating: he is a portrait of a man whose vices are formed by a society alien to ours, and whose personality has room for finer qualities alongside the skill at assassination and murder required by his profession.

I often feel that fantasy series can be drawn out over far too many books, but this is one where I feel there is ample room for more exploration of these worlds. I'd like to visit again, and discover more about the intriguing Ghairen and the development of Latent Emanation. This book definitely ends too soon!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for Alchemy fans... 15 Oct 2003
By AA
Format:Mass Market Paperback
P>Reading this book amazed me; the concept is quite new, Liz Williams has done a great job. Every word I say about the story would just have spoilers associated with it, but I would say this, the story contains elements itself like altogether a mathematical theorem. Story roams medieval age scientist and far distant land filled with alchemists, the story never leaves its touch, it never looses momentum. Highly recommend read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very promising and well thought out 1 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Just a brief comment on the review above: I'm a great Mary Gentle fan so the alchemy/science fiction blend this book is based on didn't come as such an innovation. (John Crowley as well, come to think of it.) That said I liked the central concept here and there were some very original touches, especially the idea of different drugs having a spiritual as well as physical effect. Liz Williams' writing here flows well (less hard work than MG's can be at times) and I liked the love interest. I'll be looking out for other books by this writer.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely LOVED this book but... 27 Aug 2013
By Eddie
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really loved this book. The atmosphere of the whole book is fabulous. I was totally drawn the to the descriptions of the world in which the main part of the story took place. However, for me, the big let down was the end. This is probably just me and I won't spoil it but I really didn't like it. However, it wouldn't stop me reading it again as the VAST majority of the book was just so good.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly different. 17 Jan 2005
Format:Paperback
Liz Williams has managed to produce a novel that is a mix of fantasy and sci-fi and works on both fronts. Set on the world of Latent Enamations, the story revolves around the alchemist Alivet. Her sister has been taken by the Lords of the Night and Alivets mission is to find and help her.
After she is framed for murder, Alivet finds herself on the run, helped by the mysterious 'Poison Master' who seems to have plans of his own for the young alchemist.
Although no heavyweight of literature, this book is certainly worth a look if you fancy something other than the usual sword and scorcery type fantasy. Certainly not just for adolescent goth girls but for anyone who likes something a bit different.
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