This review is the first part of a three part series of reviewsof The Gray Tower Trilogy.
The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy #1)
Author ~ Alesha Escobar
The Tower's Alchemist has one of the most ridiculous synopsis I've read for a book in a long time.
Wizards Vs. Nazi Warlock Vampires.
Yup, you read that correctly, Nazi warlock vampires. I received this book in a witchy Story Bundle I purchased in May 2017 and I have to honestly say that I would have been unlikely to read this book had I just come across it on my own, the premise just sound ridiculous. Boy, I sure would have missed out on a FANTASTIC read.
The Nazis have unleashed occult forces throughout Europe and the Allies are forced to recruit and employ wizards to counter their attacks. Among them is the battle weary spy, Isabella George, a Gray Tower dropout trained in Alchemy. Longing for retirement and a life of peace, she accepts one final job-extract a deadly warlock from Nazi occupied France and prevent him from unleashing an alchemical weapon that will devour the continent.
But France is crawling with the Cruenti, vampiric warlocks who feed off other wizards. When things don't go according to plan, one Cruenti sets his deadly eyes on her.
Betrayal is everywhere. Even some of her closest allies cannot be fully trusted. Worse still, she finds, she can't even trust herself. She becomes a woman torn between her charismatic spy lover who offers her what she desires most, and one of her closest confidants, whose soft seductive eyes hold deadly secrets about her past, and the Gray Tower itself.
Plans within plans. Plots versus counter plots. Heists gone wrong, sword-wielding Catholic priests, and the greatest manipulation of history that has ever been seen, is just a taste of what Isabella George is in for, in her final mission.
Thank you Story Bundle to introducing me to author Alesha Escobar and The Gray Tower Trilogy. The ridiculous synopsis of Nazi warlock vampires is really well done. Hitler had an obsession with for the occult so it would make sense, in a world where wizards and magic existed, that Hitler would have Nazi warlocks on his side.
In researching spy's during World War II, Escobar discovered some pretty amazing women who went undercover and helped the Allies ultimately win the war. Bits and pieces of these women, and their accomplishments, shine through in The Tower's Alchemist and you feel like they could have been real people.
All of the characters in the story are very intriguing. Good, bad, neutral, I was fascinated with all of them and really wanted to know what what going to happen to them.
I sure am glad that I gave The Tower's Alchemist a try and I'm extra glad that I happen to have the second and third books in this trilogy as I immediately started Dark Rift (the second in the series) once I finished The Tower's Alchemist.