As I shared last month, I have halted my monthly book reviews post in favor of a highlighting a book I've read lately. For February, this book is The Alchemist's Flame by Becca Andre.
Now that the local hospital is using her burn salve, master alchemist Addie Daulton has become a celebrity. The positive press will go a long way in helping her redeem alchemy’s reputation, but Addie wishes the media would stop calling her the Flame Lord’s alchemist. She doesn’t need his sanction to validate her skills. Besides, having the name of the city’s premier Element tied to hers makes it hard to carry out her clandestine activities—like spying on the leader of the necromancer community. If she’s not careful, she could kick off a war between Old Magic and New.
The risk proves worth it when she discovers that her former colleague and current nemesis, Neil Dunstan, is working with the Deacon himself. If that wasn’t bad enough, she learns that Neil has resurrected a grim and made it his own. A grim that once destroyed a family of Elements. And this month, every Element in the world is gathering right here in Cincinnati.
With the date of the gathering fast approaching, Addie must figure out what Neil plans to do and stop him, or Old Magic will win the war before it even begins.
The Alchemist's Flame is the third full-length novel in Andre's Final Formula series. I'm not normally a big urban fantasy reader, but I love this series. The cast of characters is quirky and diverse with snappy dialogue. I especially love the dynamic of the two strong female characters of Addie and Elysia in this third installment of the book. Besides the fun cast of characters, the novels are page turners. I never want to put these twisty, action-packed books down.
If you are looking for a new series or author to read in the urban fantasy genre, check out The Final Formula. The first book in the series is free!
What are you reading this winter?