[GUEST POST] Alma Katsu on Alchemy: Science or Magic?

Alma Katsu is the author of historical fantasies but has worked in telecommunications, encryption and computer science for most of her life. She is currently a senior analyst with the RAND Corporation, advising US federal agencies on technology policy. The Descent, the final book in The Taker Trilogy, is now out. The first book, The Taker, was named one of the ten best debut novels of 2011 by Booklist and the series has been published in over a dozen countries. For more information on these novels or the author, please visit www.almakatsu.com.

Alchemy: Science or Magic?

by Alma Katsu

It seems many novels these days use alchemy as the device by which magic is introduced into the story, my Taker Trilogy included. Well, why not? Alchemy was hugely popular in the real world, studied and practiced for over four millennia across half the planet, from China to North Africa. I find that readers are generally confused about what alchemy is — not that I blame them; it’s not a subject taught much in schools these days. Not that I am an expert, either, though I have done a fair amount of research on the subject, as you can imagine.
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INTERVIEW: Alma Katsu, Author of The Taker Trilogy

almakatsuAlma Katsu is the author of THE TAKER and THE RECKONING (Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster), the first two novels in a trilogy about desire, obsession and the dark things we sometimes do for love. The Taker, which has been widely compared to the early work of Anne Rice, was selected by ALA/Booklist as one of the top ten debut novels of 2011 and translation rights have been sold in 14 languages. The third book in The Taker Trilogy, THE DESCENT, just came out on Jan. 7th!

Alma was kind enough to chat with me about the new book, closing out a trilogy, and more!
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From now through December 29th, you can get The Reckoning, book 2 in Alma Katsu’s epic historical fantasy Taker Trilogy, for only $1.99 at Amazon U.S.

The Reckoning was a finalist in 2012 for RT Book Reviews year-end awards, and a semifinalist at Goodreads. Here’s the description:
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Kindle eBook Deal: Get THE TAKER by Alma Katsu for $2.99

Amazon U.S. is currently offering Book One of the Taker trilogy for only $2.99. This eBook deal expires on August 4th, so grab it now!

True love can last an eternity . . . but immortality comes at a price.

On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural St. Andrew, Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting a quiet evening. Until a mysterious woman arrives in his ER, escorted by police—Lanore McIlvrae is a murder suspect—and Luke is inexplicably drawn to her. As Lanny tells him her story, an impassioned account of love and betrayal that transcends time and mortality, she changes his life forever. . . . At the turn of the nineteenth century, when St. Andrew was a Puritan settlement, Lanny was consumed as a child by her love for the son of the town’s founder, and she will do anything to be with him forever. But the price she pays is steep—an immortal bond that chains her to a terrible fate for eternity.