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THE ALCHEMIST'S DOOR (Aug 2002)
By Lisa Goldstein
Tor/ 286 pages / $23.95 (hc)
ISBN: 0765301504
(TPB Available: April 2003)

Cover Another hidden/secret history fantasy, Lisa Goldstein sets this one in the 16th century with alchemist John Dee as the central character. Bedeviled by demonic predictions of a disastrous end, Dee, his family, and his associate Edward Kelley travel from England to Prague, capital of the Holy Roman Empire. (Which, of course, was neither holy nor Roman.) Dee meets Rabbi Judah Loew and they must, together, find the "36th righteous man" (you Kabala freaks know what I'm talking about) and save him from several forces of evil. If they don't succeed? Earth will become Hell. (Come to think of it, maybe they never did succeed...) Good interesting book, but a might too rushed and short. Some of the too-modern dialogue is a bit irritating, too. I suspect it was written as a YA title -- which would account for both flaws -- but I don't think it was marketed as such. Note: The book has a gorgeous cover by Gregory Manchess. -- Paula Guran (DarkEcho 03.20.03)

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