The Alchemist's Code

[EPUB] ✷ The Alchemist's Code By Dave Duncan – The legendary Maestro Nostradamus may be able to glimpse the ever changing future but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him and his daring apprentice Alfeo when Nostradamus is hir The legendary Maestro Nostradamus may be able to glimpse the ever changing future but even he cannot see the danger that is about to envelop him and his daring apprentice Alfeo when Nostradamus is hired to find a foreign spy by Venice's ruling Council of Ten The only clues they can offer him are the spy's intercepted messages encoded in a seemingly unbreakable cipher But Nostradamus soon detects evil influences working against The Alchemist's PDF/EPUB ² him and realizes the spy can only be caught by occult means He turns to his able apprentice the young swordsman Alfeo Zeno whose uniue talents may prove essential to unraveling the truth.The Alchemist's Code

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  • Paperback
  • 308 pages
  • The Alchemist's Code
  • Dave Duncan
  • English
  • 11 October 2014
  • 9780441015627

10 thoughts on “The Alchemist's Code

  1. says:

    I think I may have enjoyed this one even than the first installmentLooking forward to finally reading book 3

  2. says:

    This is the second of Dave Duncan's Nostradamus books and a totally enjoyable read Although the pivotal character is Nostradamus the main protagonist is his apprentice Alfeo Zeno who carries out his master's investigations and gets in trouble in the process The setting Venice in the fifteenth century rife with political machinations and the constant threat of the Inuisition adds to the charm of the storyIn this book Alfeo must help uncover a spy who uses a complex encryption model to pass on his messages Nostradamus uses his apprentice's special abilities with the sword and with the occult to unravel the plot and unmask the spyDuncan's description of Venice is vivid and his characters from the Doge himself to Giorgio the gondolier are vibrant and colourful

  3. says:

    RatingReview This review originally appeared on Out of this World Reviews The Alchemist's Code is the second in the series of fantasymystery tales penned by Dave Duncan and set in the historic beautiful and oftentimes dangerous world of 16th century Venice I reviewed the first book in the series The Alchemist's Apprentice not too long ago and since I found that first book such an enjoyable read I was eager to jump into this oneOnce Alfeo Zeno is our narrator as the ruling body of Venice the Council of Ten calls upon Alfeo's master Nostradamus to crack encoded messages which they fear contain state secrets Espionage a lover's tryst and a friend from Alfeo's past become intertwined as Alfeo must face down a supernatural threat and his own execution for practicing witchcraft as he is forced to invoke supernatural powers of his own to stop the spy's machinationsMuch like its predecessor The Alchemist's Code is beautifully written Duncan does his best to display his command of the written word with elouent prose and a plethora of words that had me using my Kindle’s automatic dictionary feature oftenAlfeo's descriptions of the political and social aspects of Venice are terse in this book as compared to the previous novel The same goes for his telling of ancillary characters In other words Duncan assumes we've read the first book in the series and don't need this information in as much depth this time around The doge the leader of Venice sort of like a duke but without the power plays a smaller role in this second book and his relationship to Alfeo as well as their history does not play the part it did in book one The same goes for Violetta Alfeo's lover who also just happens to be a prostitute to members of high society Filiberto Vasco however plays a major role in this novel Vasco is Alfeo's chief adversary in government and the one who would most like to see Alfeo burn at the stake for witchcraft Duncan never goes into great depth regarding this rivalry though it can likely be attributed to professional jealousy That and the two grew up together and so they share historyAll that being said while reading the first book in the series will give you good background information about these extra characters and the setting it is by no means necessary to have read that first book before reading this one Still there's also no reason not to; both are well worth the readDuncan once again does a nice job with characterization Alfeo is a likeable personable and sometimes humorous narrator Nostradamus is aloof stubborn seemingly oblivious to the fact that he is tempting fate by challenging Venice's authority but always with an ace up his sleeve Even Vasco who makes no secret of his desire to see Alfeo trip and fall shines through because of his loyalty to the state and underlying desire to do what he thinks anyway is rightThe Alchemist's Code is a well written enjoyable read full of mystery intrigue and action I'll be picking up the next in the series The Alchemist's Pursuit for review soon

  4. says:

    Cryptography and espionage in renaissance Venice

  5. says:

    The Alchemist's Code is the fantastic seuel to The Alchemist's Apprentice Alfeo Zeno apprentice to the philosopher and astrologer Nostradamus is about to become entangled in another mystery It begins when he runs into an old acuaintance at the theater It continues when Nostradamus is hired to find the missing daughter of a wealthy noble family for an outrageous fee and gets complicated when it turns out that that missing daughter ran off with Alfeo's childhood acuaintance Danese Dolfin who is known by most to be a user with little or no morals suspecting to be using the girl to get in with a rich and influential family On top of all this the Council of Ten has hired Nostradamus to track down a spy a traitor to Venice who is selling secrets to an ambassador somewhere in town As the stories play out it becomes clear that they are connected as evidenced when Danese turns up dead in front of Ca' Barbolano Who is responsible? What is the identity of the spy wanted by the Council of Ten? How are these cases related? It is up to Alfeo to find outI loved the first book and I eually love the second Duncan does a great job blending history fantasy and mystery together into an invigorating story that hooks and won't let go until the mysteries are solved I love the first person narrative; telling the story from Alfeo's point of view is a great way of giving you all the information needed at just the right pace so that you can follow along without being able to guess what's coming I like the characters too and their interactions are well written and fun to read This was a fun book and I am definitely looking forward to the further adventures of Alfeo

  6. says:

    The second novel in Duncan's Alchemist trilogy of historical fantasy The Alchemist's Code is eually well crafted and slightly satisfying than the first installmentThe intrigue and pageantry of Renaissance Venice are captivating The window it opens into that world is enough to make the novel worth reading The plot is a little sophisticated than that of The Alchemist's Apprentice This time the authentic seeming magic that Duncan so thoroughly researched and artfully portrays actually makes a difference to the plot The fact that the plot deals with espionage rather than murder makes it appealing to me because it adds a political dimension to the conflict and increases the opportunity for deception and plot twistsOne distraction from the otherwise well paced story is the exposition of the titular code This is handled through what amounts to a lecture on cryptography It's about as concise and lucid an explanation of a symmetric key cipher as one is likely to find anywhere but not all readers will appreciate the digression This is the one instance in the novel where Duncan succumbs to his Achilles' heel forgetting to show not tellLike its predecessor this novel is populated with vibrant characters and deeply rooted in a sense of place and time It's worth reading just to follow the point of view character and to follow his witty internal monologue

  7. says:

    This was an entertaining look at Venice and it's intricate and dangerous political wrangling during the time of the dogesAlfeo Zeno is apprentice to Nostradamus now a crotchety octegenarian who does what he likes and damn the conseuences Unfortunately when a murder takes place with the corpse being left in the doorway of the home where Nostradamus and Alfeo live uestions are asked and many powerful people including the leader of the Inuisition who already suspects Nostradamus of dark magical practices demand that the Maestro provide a solutionNostradamus charges poor Alfeo with the legwork of investigating and while the instructions he gets are vague at best he must persevereThe best part of this book is the hilarious relationship between Nostradamus and young Alfeo The old man behaves atrociously and appears to disdain and take advantage of his young apprentice But Alfeo manages to get back his own uite cleverly and if you read between the lines you clearly see the respect and affection between the twoTheir combined efforts unearth some very exciting things involved in and leading to the murder and why it took placeIf you like historical murder mysteries Venice as a setting andor the era and politics of the doges this book may be a good read for you I really enjoyed it

  8. says:

    A good seuel and a good read This one continues the story but brings different aspects into play so it isn't just another go round on the same wheel For one thing Alfeo actually uses some magic which of course gets him in trouble; but then everything he does gets him in trouble It's becoming clearer after two books that this book is as much about political manouevring as it is about magic or sleuthing In my review of #1 I mentioned the parallels with Nero Wolfe This time there's even of the Establishment jawing about arresting our heroes while we know that a they really don't want to because they know they need our heroes to solve cases and b Nostradamus isn't going to be catchable anyway no matter how close the trap seems to be to springing on him Complex plot rolled out carefully The same amusing banter An almost too long part about cryptography I liked it but then I have a maths degree On to #3 and what a surprise at the end of this book to discover that Duncan lives in Victoria BC where I lived for 30 years Probably passed him in the street a few times Odd that he didn't choose to live 30 miles away in Duncan BC

  9. says:

    This is the second tale in the saga of Sier Alfeo Zeno the apprentice to Nostradamus And a worthy telling it is Duncan provides a lead in where the answers are buried to the riddle that we are soon presented with And then he weaves in the historical background of the complex government of the VeniceIt is fascinating stuff and dealt with masterly though into this fantasy and the paranormal come into play in such a way that we wonder is it necessary at all or is the sleuthing enough to stand on its own feet As with the first this is a great tale and when it is complete worth a reread as everything is so richly described and well handled that one feels as if they are apart of Renaissance Venice as well

  10. says:

    It was spring half a decade ago when of the Alchemists Apprentice I wrote whilst an enjoyable enough read there was nevertheless a feeling of something missing and I'm probably going to put the continuing parts of the series deep in my haystack which I may or may not get through one day That day has come and I picked up Alchemists code yesterday eveningWhilst I still believe almost every other work of Duncan's is better in many ways I cannot but help enjoy the style and observational skill of the narrator and even for one who knows nothing of the era or locale I found the description fairly captivating the scenery and pomp of the age well depicted I'll read the third but this isn't a series to keep me up all night reading unfortunately

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