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Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Later, while studying at university, Abigail becomes fascinated with alchemy and the act of turning lead into gold.
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When her father suggests a trip to Venice, Abigail agrees and continues her research into alchemy there. But this research has disastrous consequences and Abigail and those she cares about are put in grave danger.
I found the first part of A Rarer Gift Than Gold to be quite slow, but once Abigail reaches Venice and really delves into the subject of alchemy, it became a much pacier read.
Abigail goes on quite an adventure in her quest to find out the truth about the theory and practice of alchemy, which I wasn’t expecting at all. The book becomes pretty brutal at times, particularly towards the end.
The author has obviously done a lot of research into the subject, which is clear from Abigail’s knowledge and what she discovers, but I have to be honest and say that a lot of the science parts went way over my head, which left me a little baffled at times. Having said that, I could overlook the confusion and it made for quite an enjoyable read.The book is packed with action, with betrayal and danger lurking around every corner.