For the legendary Nostradamus, the future is a mystical vortex forever in motion. But for his young apprentice and protector, Alfeo Zeno, the present is spent poring over astrology charts, making calculations, learning arcane magic, and transcribing Nostradamus's nebulous prophecies.Then the Council of 10 arrives to take the seer into custody. A friend of the prince has died after Nostradamus cast him an ominous horoscope. Some say the mystic poisoned the victim to enhance his own reputation.Now Alfeo must clear his master's name. From the heights of power, passion, and deceit to the very darketst realms of the netherworld, Alfeo must unravel a web of magic and murder if he is to have any future of his own.More
"The occult is a grace note in this cynical whodunit, juicy with period detail." (Entertainment Weekly)
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Up near the top. A great story, well told, it captures what Venice might have been like in the past. Good characters with great research of the subject.
All the characters are well drawn but the Alchemist himself must win for me. He is so on top of things! The Apprentice is great too.
I enjoyed the whole book! However the final revelation of the ‘who done it’ is always good.
It is just so RIGHT, spot on. It is now like an old friend I visit regularly. Makes me smile...
Yes, I only wish there were more books in this series, 3 is not enough.