The Apothecary’s Curse by Barbara Barnett

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The Apothecary's Curse
Barbara Barnett
Literary Fiction , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Prometheus Books
October 11, 2016


In Victorian London, the fates of physician Simon Bell and apothecary Gaelan Erceldoune entwine when Simon gives his wife an elixir created by Gaelan from an ancient manuscript. Meant to cure her cancer, it kills her. Suicidal, Simon swallows the remainder--only to find he cannot die. Five years later, hearingrumors of a Bedlam inmate with regenerative powers like his own, Simon is shocked to discover it's Gaelan. The two men conceal their immortality, but the only hope of reversing their condition rests with Gaelan's missing manuscript. When modern-day pharmaceutical company TransdiffGenomics unearths diaries describing the torture of Bedlam inmates, the company's scientists suspect a link between Gaelan and an unnamed inmate. Gaelan and TransdiffGenomics geneticist Anne Shawe are powerfully drawn to each other, and her family connection to his manuscript leads to a stunning revelation. Will it bring ruin or redemption?"

I kept hearing the Queen song “Who wants to life Forever” while reading this book. This title is the main idea behind this book. “The Apothecary’s Curse” tells the story about 2 immortals living in different era’s. One, Gaelen Erceldoune, in Victorian London and the other, Simon Bell, in Chicago of the now.
“The Apothecary’s Curse” is well written mystery/fantasy set in 2 different time era’s which as simple to divide while reading. Characters are well developed and believable.
Though… I felt something was missing just don’t know what. Therefor 4/5 points; still it is a fun read and I’d recommend it.


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