My review from GoodReads
A story of alchemy in the late 18th century set in a travelling freak show.
The main characters were all very morally ambiguous, and most of them were not very likeable. Dr Potter is the main narrator and he is an alcoholic that has done, and is still doing, some very bad things.
Lyman is the man who is really running the travelling show and he is a nasty piece of work. Reading about him and the way he controls people makes my skin crawl – he’s a villain but written in a way that is realistic enough to be very, very scary.
The two brothers, Ag and Sol, were brilliant though. They argued and drank their way through the book, stumbling from one crisis to the next with no real idea what they were trying to do.
I also liked Elizabeth, she started out as a forceful, motivated and likeable character and I wish she did more than end up as a standard damsel in distress type.
Overall I enjoyed reading this. It’s well written and the characters are all well rounded and you know they’ve lived full lives before we met them. There’s a very oppressive, claustrophobic atmosphere which builds tension to a satisfying finale.
I received a free copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.