Attis awakens, alone in a strange place – a world where creatures like him do not exist. He must hide his true identity from the indigenous life around him. Humans they are called – fragile yet violent creatures. If they knew what manner of technology went into to Attis’ creation, or what he was capable of, they would have him studied, locked away.
No time to worry about that now. Attis must find his purpose; in order to do that, he must first find his creator – Jephetto. This master engineer holds the secret to Attis’ amazing power. He alone knows what magick lies within the emerald at the back of Attis’ neck.
It’s been seven years since Jephetto gave life to his most wonderful creation. He was the first thing that Attis laid eyes on – the middle aged man, badly wounded and bleeding. What became of him? Does Jephetto still live?
To make things even stranger, there is another, a stone similar to the green power source in Attis’ possession. Charette Duval, a college student and aspiring alchemist with a mysterious past, holds the crimson stone known as The Ladybug. Its power calls to Attis; it beckons him closer to Charette – precisely where she doesn’t want anyone to be.
Will they delve deep into the lives of one another? Unearthing secrets not meant for this world? Will their combined power prove too much to handle?
Swept up in a whirlwind of magick beyond their understanding, of technology beyond imagination, they will change the lives of all the touch. They will discover what it means to truly be alive.
Alacrity is a wonderful tale with many twists and turns hidden away within. It appears to be a straight forward “go forth and find” tale at first, but what it turns into asks the question of “what is it to be human?”
From the early pages until the late pages, the pace within this story keeps things interesting. There is no sense of the tale being rushed, which heightened the appeal for me, and the interactions between the characters with each other and the environment had a bright sparkle of understated humor.
The main characters were well developed, each having their own voice, flaws, and virtues. When they interacted, there were many times when these attributes helped push the story along because there was no artificial meeting of virtue to virtue or flaw to flaw. Each interaction felt organic and real. Even the ones between the not-quite-human characters.
There is also a nice arc of character growth for the main character and the countering female leads (yes, there is more than one in here.) Not just learning about themselves, but about how others interact as well. It helps that some of the growth comes through a school setting, which for me made those scenes even more poignant, as I am currently in school as I write this. It also brought about a few extra chuckles, because I have seen similar groups meet in the real world, though probably not for the same reasons.
Though this tale is set on earth, there are enough differences some world building was required. This was handled subtly with a light hand, bringing out the differences as well as highlighting the similarities in a way that made this alternate Earth quite enjoyable to visit. The settings were carefully constructed, without any slow down due to intricate details, which kept things moving nicely.
Over all, this was a very enjoyable read. Definitely a 5 out of 5 stars for the mashup of science fiction and fantasy. (Isn’t science fantasy it’s own subgenre by now?)
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