Stephen King’s The Gunslinger meets Breaking Bad in Laura Bickle’s novel Dark Alchemy.
Some secrets are better left buried…
Geologist Petra Dee arrives in Wyoming looking for clues to her father’s disappearance years before. What she finds instead is Temperance, a dying Western town with a gold rush past and a meth-infested present.
But under the town’s dust and quiet, an old power is shifting. When bodies start turning up - desiccated and twisted skeletons that Petra can’t scientifically explain - her investigations land her in the middle of a covert war between the town’s most powerful interests. Petra’s father wasn’t the only one searching for the alchemical secrets of Temperance, and those still looking are now ready to kill.
Armed with nothing but shaky alliances, a pair of antique guns, and a relic she doesn’t understand, the only thing Petra knows for sure is that she and her coyote sidekick are going to have to move fast, or die next.
I love Laura Bickle's writing. She fascinates me. I miss Newt though :) and this one, well it's not a western like you're thinking. Sure it's a western town with western ways, but let's go with how cool science can blend in here. There's something crazy going on with drugs and a missing dad and healing abilities. Dr Petra is looking for her father. She is working there to help find clues about his absence. When she finds some bodies and goes into solving the mystery around them, her world opens up. There's a whole extra world underground!
There is a good but of science but the world revolving around alchemy is amazing. Who knew I would like that part :) Dr P is such a cool leading lady. She's of course a brainiac but she's also real.
The writing was fantastic. The descriptions were CREEPTASTIC and so real. I felt those caves and I could see all those beautiful things. The mystery had me needing more. And though it has an ending, I hope this turns into more because there's a few more things I'd love to know! I almost didn't go for this one because of the western part but I was so surprised and I'm so glad I did!! I want more :) 4.5 PAWS!
About the Author:
Laura Bickle grew up in rural Ohio, reading entirely too many comic books out loud to her favorite Wonder Woman doll. After graduating with an MA in Sociology – Criminology from Ohio State University and an MLIS in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, she patrolled the stacks at the public library and worked with data systems in criminal justice. She now dreams up stories about the monsters under the stairs, also writing contemporary fantasy novels under the name Alayna Williams.
Her work has been included in the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer Project 2013 reading list and the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016. THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE are her latest young adult novels.
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