Finished Reading The Alchemist’s Apprentice
Finished reading The Alchemist’s Apprentice by Dave Duncan. The Alchemist’s series features alchemist and astrologer Maestro Nostradamus and his nobly born apprentice, Alfeo Zeno, who narrates with panache. Duncan mixes a vision of old Venice and fantasy to create the world portrayed in The Alchemist’s Apprentice. In the Alchemist’s Apprentice, the first book in the series, Nostradamus foresees the murder of Procurator Bertucci Orseolo, who’s poisoned right beneath his nose during a dinner party. When suspicion falls on Nostradamus, Alfeo must solve the mystery. With the help from his adored courtesan, Violetta, Alfeo attempts to prove his master’s innocence.
The Alchemist’s Apprentice offers more hilarity than chilling crime drama. Dave Duncan is a great writer and truly paints the picture of life in old Venice. I found the book to be entertaining and I look forward to the book in the series. I only wish The Alchemist’s Apprentice had more of a thriller twist to keep the reader on their toes.