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Anne Lyle
Anne Lyle was born in what is popularly known as "Robin Hood Country", and grew up fascinated by English history, folklore, and swashbuckling heroes. Unfortunately there was little demand in 1970s Nottinghamshire for diminutive swordswomen, so she studied sensible subjects like science and... show more

Anne Lyle was born in what is popularly known as "Robin Hood Country", and grew up fascinated by English history, folklore, and swashbuckling heroes. Unfortunately there was little demand in 1970s Nottinghamshire for diminutive swordswomen, so she studied sensible subjects like science and languages instead.It appears, however, that although you can take the girl out of Sherwood Forest, you can't take Sherwood Forest out of the girl. She now spends practically every waking hour writing - or at least planning - fantasy fiction about dashing swordsmen and scheming spies, set in imaginary pasts or parallel worlds.Her particular obsession is Elizabethan England, so it helps that she now lives in a city full of medieval and Tudor buildings where the cattle browse on the common land much as they did in Shakespeare's London. She prides herself on being able to ride a horse, sew a sampler and cut a quill pen but hasn't the least idea how to drive one of those new-fangled automobile thingies.Paradoxically she is a big fan of 21st century technology, being a Mac geek and full-time web developer. Well, it's the nearest thing you can get to magic in our own universe...
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Birth date: March 13
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XLeptodactylous
XLeptodactylous rated it 3 years ago
A good idea with a nice setting but extremely slow and often the writing was poor. Characters mildly annoying in a 2D-way and far too many of them. The only interesting part were the Skraylings, but they did not turn up quick enough.
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The Alchemist of Souls is the first book in the Night's Masque trilogy and was a total guts buy for me. Both this book and the second in the trilogy, The Merchant of Dreams, were part of the a Kindle daily deal, each for $1.99. I had never heard of them, nor had I heard any buzz about them and the...
Return to Oz
Return to Oz rated it 5 years ago
It is ok. That is all I have to say. 2.5 is the highest I would give, but Mal was boring. The prose dragged. The book tried to be everything. But it was a bit higgledy piggeldy.
Andrea K Höst
Andrea K Höst rated it 5 years ago
An impeccably-researched alt-history set late in Queen Elizabeth I's reign.In this world there are two main points of difference. Elizabeth married and bore two sons, and there is a race of people called "skraylings" who come from Vinland (Newfoundland). Presumably this is a play on 'skraeling', wh...
BreakRaven
BreakRaven rated it 5 years ago
I actually picked this book up because I saw the second book, which looked really good to me. (I almost bought it, too, until someone pointed out to me that it was the second book in the series.) So, I read this one first even though the description didn't grab me as immediately.That last sentence p...
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