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Publisher's Summary

"Surprising plot twists, several cliffhangers, and vivid magical imagery will keep fans of paranormal cozies turning the pages." (Publishers Weekly

The latest alchemical adventure from Gigi Pandian, USA Today best-selling author and winner of the Agatha Award  

Centuries-old alchemist Zoe Faust is tired of running from her past. She's finally got her life on track in Portland, Oregon, gardening and cooking in her fixer-upper house with her mischievous best friend, Dorian the gargoyle chef. It seems like the perfect life for Zoe, until she discovers that her old mentor Nicolas Flamel, who she thought had abandoned her, has been imprisoned.  

A local artist holds the secret that could lead Zoe to her mentor, but the artist is murdered and the painting containing the hidden clue is stolen. To rescue Nicolas, Zoe and Dorian must explore art forgery, a transformative process that has much in common with alchemy and cooking - but one that proves far more dangerous.  

"Sparkles most when it stays true to the wonder of its magical subject." (Foreword Reviews)

©2019 Gigi Pandian (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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  • kat
  • 05-11-2019

Narration is fantastic!

The book is a great addition to the series! Can't say enough good things about the narration by Julia Motyka. Her accents are many and really help paint the story. Not all narrators can pull off accents or even try, but Julia does French to Texan with ease. Story line is good and it was nice to revisit all the characters. Dorian the sassy French gargoyle is a favorite.

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  • Vera Feaster
  • 23-10-2019

I Wanted More

This book felt rushed and shallow to me, as though the author wanted to be done with this concept and so it was just thrown together to complete a project that had to be done. The problem with that is that there is so much more that could be done with the ideas in the series and it was left undone.

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  • Garden Womble
  • 26-05-2019

Enjoyable instalment in the series

I enjoyed this book in the Accidental Alchemist series. In particular, it was good to have a change of focus from trying to fix Dorian's problem, and instead working on a new challenge. The book certainly left me wondering about what will happen next in the lives of Zoe and Max. It does leave the window open for another book in the series. I liked the addition of Max's sister in this book. The narrator does a great job and I enjoy listening to her. This book had less repetition than some of the others, which I liked, and also wasn't quite so heavy-handed with the vegan thing, which I also liked.

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  • Chris
  • 23-04-2019

Great 4th book, sorry the series is over.

This was a great series. Very entertaining and I would like more. Some series start out strong then gradually decline. This one just keeps getting better. The characters are unique and delightfully rich. Julia Motyka is outstanding with her variety of character voices. I enjoy the characters even more with her portrayal of the various accents. I hope there are more books to come in this series as the relationships grow and the adventures continue.

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  • Lori D
  • 24-12-2019

Better than the last

This final book is the redemption for the previous book. I won’t bother to read the other series by this author. Sick and tired of listening to the same passages in every book.

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  • UCF Professor
  • 10-01-2019

Better and better....

Some series start out strong then gradually decline. This one just keeps getting better. The characters are unique and delightfully rich. The story is a page turner with a satisfying ending that both concludes the current plot and leaves one looking forward to more. I’m so glad this author is young: she will make readers happy for many years to come.

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  • LCNanny
  • 01-02-2019

enjoyable 4th book

Wonderful introduction to new characters thought gone, great to learn of Dorians heath, but needs better editing. When an author/editor choses to repeat information, I often wonder if it is because they discount the reader, or their writing isn't cohesive. Either way it is annoying. At this point we know how the alchemist survived, we know she has a heightened sense of smell, so why repeat it over and over in the series and again multiple times in this book. This probably should be 3 to 3.5 overall and for the story; but I like the series and appreciated how the story engaged the many characters I've come to enjoy so the ratings are a bit stretched.

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  • Ari*82
  • 29-11-2020

Awesome series!

I loved all four books in this series. It seemed a little repetitive in the beginning of each book but then I realized that would make it so anyone could read any of these books and have an understanding of what has happened prior to! wonderfully written and narrated!!!

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  • chester d johnson
  • 29-11-2020

the Gargoyle is the best part.

many secondary characters go through a transformation except the co-dependent alchemist. she was the worst.

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  • Amanda H
  • 23-10-2020

Great story

The author must have received A LOT of complaints about the Vegan agenda in the first 3 novels and very nicely laid off the subject for this novel. The mass amounts of repeating the same information was also reduced. It made listening to this story much easier. I enjoyed the story line very much and the narrator did a phenomenal job as always. I hope there will be another novel soon.

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