Exiled from the court of Queen Elizabeth for accusing a powerful nobleman of treason, swordsman-turned-spy Mal Catlyn has been living in France with his young valet Coby Hendricks for the past year.
But Mal harbours a darker secret: he and his twin brother share a soul that once belonged to a skrayling, one of the mystical creatures from the New World.
When Mal's dream about a skrayling shipwreck in the Mediterranean proves reality, it sets him on a path to the beautiful, treacherous city of Venice and a conflict of loyalties that will place him and his friends in greater danger than ever.
"File Under: "Fantasy Skrayling Dreams - Pound of Flesh - Venice in Peril - The Dark Lady]
"Whether you like action, magic, romance or mystery there is something for you here. I never had a reason to put the book down. I am very eager to read the third book in the series."
- Mazarkis Williams, author of the Tower & Knife series
“There’s a lot of intrigue and a great sense of adventure in this sequel to The Alchemist of Souls."
-SciFi Fan Letter
“This may be one of the best historical fiction/fantasy novels of 2012. 5/5"
-The Founding Fields
“…a historical fantasy that is as light-hearted and entertaining as it is deep."
“Gorgeous prose, stunning ability to weave a story, and likeable, moreish characters—Lyle is a winner. 5/5″
Author is nominee for the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer