The Flaw In The Stone: The Alchemists' Council, Book 2 by Cynthea MassonThe Flaw In The Stone: The Alchemists' Council, Book 2 by Cynthea Masson

The Flaw In The Stone: The Alchemists' Council, Book 2

byCynthea Masson

Paperback | March 13, 2018

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Move back through time into the alluring worlds of the Alchemists' Council

The anticipated second book in Cynthea Masson's series takes readers to Flaw Dimension, centuries before the events of book one. Rebel scribe Genevre, exploring secreted libraries with Dragonsblood pulsing through her young veins, accidentally discovers a 5th-Council manuscript with a long-forgotten alchemical formula whose implications could permanently transform both the Alchemists' Council and the Rebel Branch.

A revolution looms as High Azoth Dracaen strengthens the power of the Rebel Branch, Cedar and Saule take treacherous steps against fellow alchemists, and the unprecedented mutual conjunction of Ilex and Melia changes the fate of all dimensions. With insurgents gathering, Ilex and Melia's attempt to open a forbidden breach through time could bring salvation - or total destruction - to the elemental balance of the world.

The battle over free will for all of humanity continues in The Flaw in the Stone, the remarkable second instalment of this epic fantasy trilogy.

Cynthea Masson is a professor in the English department at Vancouver Island University. After completing a Ph.D. in English with a focus on medieval mysticism, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship, which included work with alchemical manuscripts at the British Library. Her award-winning academic work includes the co-edited book Re...
Title:The Flaw In The Stone: The Alchemists' Council, Book 2Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.94 inPublished:March 13, 2018Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

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Prima Materia Long before Jaden witnessed the mutual conjunctions of Sadira with Kalina and Arjan with Dracaen, the Alchemists' Council and the Rebel Branch had worked for millennia at cross purposes. The Alchemists' Council aimed to perfect the Lapis by vanquishing its Flaw, whereas the Rebel Branch sought to increase the Flaw and thereby regain control of the Lapis. According to sacraments of the Alchemists' Council, perfecting the Lapis culminates in eternal union as the communal One. According to decrees of the Rebel Branch, maintaining the Flaw preserves free will throughout the dimensions. Until the war over the Lapis is ultimately waged and won, Council holds responsibility for maintaining the elemental balance of the outside world through the quintessential power of the Lapis. To increase this Quintessence, alchemists in Council dimension participate in the Sacrament of Conjunction, a ritual wherein two beings fully merge into one body and mind. Meanwhile, in Flaw dimension, rebels seek the means to alter this sacrament through blood alchemy - the means to ensure conjunction becomes mutual: two minds, two essences, two beings, each sustaining free will within one body fused through the ancient bloodline. We are the Blood of the Dragon! We live as the Flaw in the Stone!

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE FLAW IN THE STONE"A distinctive style; fascinating alchemical world building; and a strong, epic goal make this a delightful follow-up to The Alchemists' Council, and it sets up the complex interaction between everyone's contingency plans beautifully, with twists and turns that promise a satisfying conclusion." - Booklist"This series is well-constructed and original. Cynthea Masson does an excellent job of balancing the good and evil of her flawed characters." - CM MagazinePRAISE FOR THE ALCHEMISTS' COUNCIL"Masson has a lyrical writing style that echoes some of the English romantics' focus on beauty and nature. She excels at propelling the story forward with complex characters." - Publishers Weekly on The Alchemists' Council "The Alchemists' Council excels with a beautifully crafted and alluring world." - Broken Pencil "Masson's prose is dense with details and striking imagery, and her characters are compelling." - Jana Nyman, Fantasy Literature Blog