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The Alchemist's Illusion

Narrated by: Julia Motyka
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)
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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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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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loved it

loved it fast read fun i loved the story line i hope thier more books

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Gargoyle French Chefs rule!

I love the whole series. I want a French chef gargoyle at my house. Excellent!

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Love GiGi’s work.

Finished this most recent Dorian and Zoe book. Absolutely love GiGi’s work. eagerly awaiting the next Zoe Faust/Dorian book.

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ready and eagerly awaiting book 5.

The characters are so real, especially Dorian and Zoe, that I miss them already now that the 4th book is over.

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Excellent

Now if we can just turn Max! I can't wait for the next one. This has been such a good series!

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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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Pretty good, but now as good as the others .

This one was pretty good, but not as good as the others in this series. There was not enough of the French gargoyle. In the other books he was fiery and had a little bit of a temper, which was funny and cute. Not near as much this time around.

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Love this series!

I binge listened to this book and I already want more! I can see how this book could be the end to the series but I hope it’s not. I will be sad. I see so many more adventures for this group of characters.!! Please Gigi Pandian !!! Give us more !!!!

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Another hit

Loved it! I finished in 2 days. Full of suspense, scandal, mystery. Ready for the next one.