Friday, 23 July 2010

The Alchemy of Stone - Book Review

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

What is it about:
Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets - secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. However, this doesn't sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart - literally!

What did I think about it:
A well written, intriguing Steampunk story with lifelike characters, even those who aren't technically alive. The most memorable characters for me were Loharri (Mattie didn't appreciate him enough in my opinion) and the Soul-Smoker, who rids the city of wandering ghosts. I must admit I did find the world Sedia builds a bit depressing and bleak from time to time and I must say you shouldn't read this book if you're looking for a feel good story. That being said this book is a great and thought provoking read and I hope Sedia will write more Steampunk books.

Why should you read it:
If you're interested in Steampunk you will most probably love this book.


Cecelia said...

I've been intrigued by this...too bad about it not being uplifting (if I know that going it, I most often won't actually read it). But, it's STEAMPUNK. I'll probably end up reading it anyway...eventually. Nice review!

vvb32 reads said...

super! i find some steampunk dystopia-like with world not so fun. but glad you liked this one.

Aleksandra said...

Great review! I've added it on my wishlist & I've posted it today as one of my friday finds :) Have a great weekend!!!

titania86 said...

This book has been sitting on my shelf forever and I haven't gotten to it yet. It sounds really good and shouldn't be so lazy. :) Great review!