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All That Glitters (Alchemy's Heirs Book 1) (English Edition) di [McCoy, Elizabeth]
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To ensure his sons' immunity to hostile potions, the Lord Alchemist defied tradition to marry the only immune woman for generations: a half-barbarian.

Jani's been hired to blackmail the Lord Alchemist into disinheriting his "mongrel" heir, Iontho. When she mistakes Iontho for a servant, he takes the opportunity to pose as her alchemically-loyal minion and seek information about her mysterious employer.

While the travel is worse than he'd expected, the company's better than either had hoped, and young hormones are fully engaged - but can youth and unexpected skills defeat age and treachery?

(All That Glitters is an approximately 92,000-word novel, and has mature scenes.)

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4.0 su 5 stelle Solving crime and consent issues at the same time! 4 gennaio 2013
Di H Waterhouse - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
So this book is about consent, with a side of consent sauce, and a few sprigs of consent on top.

Which is interesting, because there is a screwup and someone loses the ability to meaningfully consent. And how do you work around that if you are ethical? Hard things! Lots of thought. A certain amount of Deception and Maneuverings and Misunderstandings are entailed in this.

Also there are politics, and a road trip, and some derring-do. All of that with a thief and a disabled protagonist and some dynastic and fertility politics. And consent.

Yan (and his brother) suffered birth-damage, and consequently have what we would think of as asthma. So he has to be aware of what activities are beyond him, and which ones will mean he needs medication, and where his medication is and if it's safe and if he needs more. It's not that he is afraid, he is just aware of his particular needs and limitations. I thought it was a nice model of disability, especially in contrast to, say, Miles Vorkosigan, who just bulls right through his disabilities until he gets hurt.

I enjoyed the story, but judging by my bookmarks, I was also revelling in the atypical sex scenes that I attribute to both author creativity and the lack of traditional publishing stripping the liveliness out of the books. For instance, there is a steamy little scene where M'Jani plays with what is clearly Yan's uncircumcised "little dragon". The question of circumcision is not one that you often encounter in romance books, and yet, it seems humane to notify readers that there are natural variations in both male and female genitals, and McCoy deals with both here. Scarleteen would approve.

But it's not ABOUT the sex. It's about Yan and M'Jani figuring out how they want to relate to each other, oh and also SOLVING CRIME. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

Read if: You are looking for some interesting approaches to consent in the context of a romance/adventure novel. You love disguised-prince stories. You would like more thief-girls and assassination plots in your life.

Skip if: You are looking for a straightforward story. You are looking for a repeat of the first two books. This one has some characters from that, but it is its own thing.

Also read:
Herb-Witch (Lord Alchemist Duology)

The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga)
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3.0 su 5 stelle If You Think Herb-Witch Was Good and Herb-Wife Was Even Better, You'll Probably Really Enjoy All That Glitters 30 ottobre 2012
Di J. C. Schmidt - Pubblicato su
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I enjoyed Herb-Witch and, less so, Herb-Wife. I liked the relationship between the Master Alchemist and his Dramsmen as well as the technical world building around alchemy in those two books. Herb-Wife went a bit too much into the panting and heaving side of things but it was still entertaining and interesting. All That Glitters goes further down the path that Herb-Wife started.

All That Glitters tells the story of Kessa and the Lord Alchemist's teenaged older son, Iontho. He goes on an adventure with a young "pants boy" (girl dresed as a boy) street rat to solve a mystery. The story examines the shadow world Kessa came from and struggled to stay out of in the first two books. This part of McCoy's world, to me, is much less interesting than the alchemy and herb witching.

My biggest disappointment is that the story, which had an interesting premise, came through as merely a vessel for the panting and heaving. This much panting and heaving (or should I say baby dragons coming to attention and skin prickling) is such a change from Herb-Witch and even more than Herb-Wife - although we are spared the moon bleeding and cotton rags from Herb-Wife. In addition, the panting and heaving is boring. I get that it is supposed to be tender somewhat coming of age but it fell short of the mark. While the relationship is built in an interesting waym the physical part of the relationship was much less interesting. Overall, the character and story development in this book aren't up to the standards of the Herb-Witch.

The bottom line is, this author seems to have gone from mostly fantasy with light romance to full on romance with light bits of fantasy and weaker editing. I haven't spotted any typos (I can't speak for the sex scenes, after about the fifth one, I started skipping them) and the formatting for Kindle is well done. I don't know if she worked with an editor for the first book and has been trying on her own for these later ones and that is why they are weaker. If you liked Herb-Witch but found Herb-Wife weaker but still enjoyable, don't bother with All That Glitters. If you found Herb-Wife even better than Herb-Witch, you'll probably really enjoy this. Either way, you're not out a lot of money to try it and see. I'll be trying her Queen of Roses next so she hasn't driven me away with this weaker offering.
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5.0 su 5 stelle an interesting place and people to visit 14 luglio 2013
Di Megaera - Pubblicato su
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Two main reasons I liked this book: first, the people were fascinating, and second, so was their home. Unlike most folks who've reviewed this book before me, I hadn't read the earlier books set in this universe, although I intend to now. I did find the whole alchemy thing slightly confusing at the beginning, but Ms. McCoy does a good job cluing the reader in, so the confusion was extremely brief. I liked the whole concept of alchemy as a world-defining element, and the effects its existence had on that world. But the best part of the book was how interesting the characters were. Jani and Iontho tell alternating chapters, and there's so much each of them doesn't know about the other that their stories dovetail nicely. I was slightly disappointed in the ending, but it won't stop me from reading more.
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4.0 su 5 stelle Almost as good as Herb Witch and Herb Wife 11 febbraio 2013
Di Amazon Customer - Pubblicato su
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This is an interesting continuation of the Alchemists' story. There isn't much about the herb witch or the lord Alchemist in this one because it focuses almost exclusively on the heir. It's a fun story, but seems a little more romantic than the first two stories and that is why I'm giving it 4/5 stars. I really enjoyed having the romantic side take a back seat in the original two books. I guess this mostly bothers me because it's an impossible romance, too, so what's the point? It seems like the plot could have gone a lot further, or we could have learned more about some of the other characters. I would have enjoyed getting to know the two kids better individually, too, before they met. What do their friends think of them / know about them, and what is their normal behavior? Overall, it was still a great book and worth the read, just not as unpredictable and well developed as the first two.
4.0 su 5 stelle love this author 21 novembre 2012
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I enjoyed. The Herb Witch and the sequel more but this book is excellent and I'm so glad the author continued writing this world.
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