By Paul Dowswell
While Lukas Declercq is orphaned, his uncle summons him to Prague, a safe haven for Europe’s maximum alchemists and traditional philosophers. Uncle Anselmus is courtroom surgeon to Rudolph II, the reclusive and volatile emperor. he's additionally curator of Rudolph’s extraordinary cupboard of Curiosities, a sequence of giant rooms crammed with wonders and clinical marvels. As Rudolph retreats additional into his delusion international, the specter of uprising hangs within the air. Dorantes, a diplomat from Spain, comes together with his daughter, Celestina, on a project from Philip II to cajole Rudolph to renounce his heretical methods. quickly Lukas discovers the negative fact in the back of Dorantes’s venture. yet sinister forces have plans for Lukas too, and earlier than he can thwart the plot opposed to the emperor, Lukas needs to gamble on Celestina’s loyalty for you to shop his personal existence.
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