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The Poison Master
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Enslaved on an isolated planet, an alchemist fights to free her sister--and mankindLatent Emanation is a cruel world where ordinary people do everything they can to stay out of the way of their vicious masters, the mysterious Night Lords. Apprentice alchemist Alivet Dee is more cautious than most, having devoted her life to making enough money to buy back her imprisoned sister from the Night Lords--but trouble is about to find her. When a client dies during a routine alchemical session, Alivet flees--pursued by the Night Lords, their minions, and a dark force that haunts her dreams.She is rescued by Ghairen, a Poison Master from another world who offers her a chance to save her sister--and humanity, as well. He is charming and handsome, with ruby-red eyes that glow in the night--but how can she trust a professional assassin? As she proceeds warily alongside the Poison Master, Alivet finds a chance not just to save mankind, but to unlock the mysteries of humanity's very existence.
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About the Author

Liz Williams is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Glastonbury, England, where she is codirector of a witchcraft supply business. The author of seventeen novels and over one hundred short stories, she has been published by Bantam Spectra and Night Shade Books in the US, and by Tor Macmillan in the UK. She was a frequent contributor to Realms of Fantasy, and her writing appears regularly in Asimov's and other magazines. She is the secretary of the Milford SF Writers' Workshop and teaches creative writing and history of science fiction.

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"Part alien adventure and part existential exploration, this top-notch tale establishes Williams as an author to watch." --Publishers Weekly, starred review "The alchemical and kabbalistic underpinnings of Williams' fantasy world give it an edge." --Booklist Part alien adventure and part existential exploration, this top-notch tale establishes Williams as an author to watch. "Publishers Weekly," starred review The alchemical and kabbalistic underpinnings of Williams fantasy world give it an edge. "Booklist""

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