Catherine Eddrington and her father Godfrey struggle to convert the strange drawings and hieroglyphics of the Chin into gleaming bronze cannon, capable of indiscriminate slaughter of hundreds upon a battlefield Everywhere enemies are arraigned against them as they push forward in their quest to invent this weapon of mass destruction a deep hidden French spy, a Friar steCatherine Eddrington and her father Godfrey struggle to convert the strange drawings and hieroglyphics of the Chin into gleaming bronze cannon, capable of indiscriminate slaughter of hundreds upon a battlefield Everywhere enemies are arraigned against them as they push forward in their quest to invent this weapon of mass destruction a deep hidden French spy, a Friar steeped in debauchery and a yet closer threat lurks nearby An attempt invasion, assassination and kidnap brew and fester about them as interest in their new invention reaches fever pitch The Alchemist and his daughter race to produce these new cannon in time for King Edward s campaign to subdue France and claim his birth right denied him by King Philip As they march to the drum beat of war, Catherine leads the cannon troop, disguised as a squire Helped by her life long friend and champion archer, Will Turner, supposed squire to her childhood companion Cecil Codrington, she sets out to face the dangers presented by the French armies and perhaps deadly still, the threats posed by her own side, her King waiting hawk like to swoop down upon her should she make one false move Victory celebrations are muted as Catherine realised the full horror of the weapon she has developed Disillusionment turns to crisis as Cecil lies close to death, several wounded in an engagement the day after the battle of Crecy The party carry the grievous wounded Cecil is captured by the youthful Count Fermoi as it attempts to make Calais Catherine s disguise is uncovered The initial anger and resentment between the two opposing sides slowly turn to love Together the young English girl versed only in science and the cultured French aristocrat obligated by duty must find a way to prevent these new weapons of mass destruction from proliferating and destroying chivalry, honour and all that is good in both their Kingdoms.
The Alchemist s Daughter Catherine Eddrington and her father Godfrey struggle to convert the strange drawings and hieroglyphics of the Chin into gleaming bronze cannon capable of indiscriminate slaughter of hundreds upon a b
I'd just read a few introduction lines about this book when I wanted to read the whole book right away!
A free copy was sent to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewOriginally seen at The Bookish OwlAccording to ; “a cannon is any piece of artillery that uses gunpowder or other usually explosive-based propellants to launch a projectile”. Simply put, cannons are bad, capable of causing carnage of epic proportions. With this in mind, it was refreshing to see how The Alchemist’s Daughter presented a new perspective on this weapon.Set during the Medieval Ages when Europe was ravag [...]
This is without doubt one of the best historical novels I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed getting drawn into the intrigue of the story, where early day warfare science collides with the emotional turmoil and tensions of court life and the ongoing English v French hostilities of that time. The character of Catherine Eddrington unfolds to the reader in a way that draws you closer and closer to this passionate heroine and the issues she clearly faces as she she struggles to balance family ties [...]
2.5 stars really, because the ending went on way too long.I would shelve this as a YA novel because it reads like one. Yeah, there's some gore and rape in it, but have you read YA's recently? They're getting pretty rough. Also, heroine Catherine Eddrington is a by-the-numbers Mary Sue, a requirement for YA books nowadays. The teenage daughter of a glorified blacksmith (despite what the book title insinuates), Catherine gets to pal around with English royalty, commands Edward III's artillery duri [...]
Wow. This book was very very long. I really liked the story but it took me quite some time to finish it. Thanks GoodRead's First Reads for a new and long experience.