Book review -
A Rarer Gift Than Gold by Lucy Branch
Review by Alyssa
Abigail Argent stands out. Some people notice that she always wears gloves and shudder when they know why. The ones who know her best notice her ability with metal. Abigail's particular talent lies in the colouring of alloys, for seeing the beauty in a plain piece of metal and being able to draw it out. Her study leads her to discover a connection between her own craft and that of her favourite childhood myth: changing lead into gold. Moving to Venice, Abigail continues to uncover more about the history of her trade while making friends, and a lover, whose lives become inextricably linked with her own. But her abilities soon peak the interests of a powerful group, determined to guard the secret that she may unwittingly expose. Delving into the deepest secrets of ancient Italy, Abigail's story will take everything you think you know about alchemy and turn it on its head.
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The novel, a Rarer Gift of Gold , written by Lucy Branch, is a wonderful debut novel. Right of the bat, protagonist Abigail Argent is strikingly distinctive from most people. While finishing her chemistry degree, she finds a book that links herself to her favorite fairy tale; the changing of lead into gold. As Abigail now embarks on an amazing journey, a dark organization is certain Abigail holds the key to one of the greatest secrets of all time. Filled with adventure, alchemy, and fantasies, A Rarer Gift of Gold takes it readers on an unforgettable journey.
A Rarer Gift than Gold is a very accomplished first novel. Branch writes very smoothly and the plot line is creative. It was as entertaining as it was because the novel contains a little bit of everything; love, adventure, death, and magic. There's even a bit of history, for the fantasy/history book lovers! Branch obviously makes an outstanding entry into the world of professional fantasy writing. A Rarer Gift than Gold gets **** stars.