"This sober and well-constructed adventure accurately conveys the geopolitical instability of the era and is leavened with just enough magic, chaste romance and humor to appeal to middle-grade readers through teens. (art not seen) (Historical fantasy. 10-14)"
"Our work is an ongoing struggle with unintended consequences," says Marcus Burrows, the titular apothecary of Meloy's previous novel for young adults (2011).
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