Duncan, Dave The Alchemist's Apprentice

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The Alchemist's Apprentice

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Working non-stop to make astrology calculations and master arcane magic, young swordsman Alfeo Zeno, an apprentice to legendary clairvoyant Nostradamus, seeks to clear his master's name when the seer is falsely accused of murdering a high-ranking noble in order to fulfill one of his prophecies. Original. 25,000 first printing.

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Dave Duncan has lived all his adult life in Western Canada, having enjoyed a long career as a petroleum geologist before taking up writing. Since discovering that imaginary worlds are more satisfying than the real one, he has published more than 30 novels.

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Duncan (Children of Chaos) mingles arch fantasy and a whodunit plot in this alternate vision of old Venice, the launch of a new series featuring alchemist and astrologer Maestro Nostradamus and his nobly born apprentice, Alfeo Zeno, who narrates with panache. 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 a bit of help from his adored chameleon-like courtesan, Violetta—to prove his master's innocence. Nostradamus and Alfeo's adventures provide more amusement than chills in this charming farce, which comments lightly on class prejudice, political chicanery and occult tomfoolery. (Mar.)
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