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Fate [Download] ➸ Fate ➽ L.R. Fredericks – Thomashillier.co.uk Death and Beauty, Magic and Science Lord Francis Damory s Quest for the Elixir of ImmortalityIn the brothels and debtors prisons of Georgian London and the gilded salons of the Ancien R gimeThrough lo Death and Beauty, Magic and Science Lord Francis Damory s Quest for the Elixir of ImmortalityIn the brothels and debtors prisons of Georgian London and the gilded salons of the Ancien R gimeThrough love affairs and deadly duels, among courtesans and castrati, alchemists and anatomists, visionaries, monsters, charlatans and spies From Paris to Venice and across the pirate infested Mediterranean to Egypt, Cyprus and distant Constantinople in pursuit of his mysterious ancestor Tobias the Alchemist, who may yet still be alive.

  • Paperback
  • 528 pages
  • Fate
  • L.R. Fredericks
  • English
  • 24 September 2019
  • 1848543328

About the Author: L.R. Fredericks

LR Fredericks New Jersey childhood was rural and idyllic, if somewhat unconventional Raised by parents of European background and Bohemian disposition, she was educated at Quaker schools and later earned a degree from the University of Chicago, where she worked interdepartmentally on myth, poetry and shamanism She frittered away her youth in frivolous pursuits modelling, acting, performance before she got serious about art and the nature of reality Based then in New York, she took up painting and sculpture, which, until she started writing five years ago, was her main occupation She also began what would be a lifelong study of the esoteric traditions of east and west Training in transpersonal psychotherapy and Egyptology further expanded her horizons and conceptual vocabulary She has lived in London for the last years.



10 thoughts on “Fate

  1. Blair Blair says:

    I hate giving up on books when I ve paid full price for them and bought them onor less the day of release I wasn t a huge fan of the author s previous novel, Farundell, but there were enough good things about it to make me interested in what she would write next As soon as I saw the beautiful cover of this sequel prequel , as well as the intriguing tagline death and beauty magic and science , I was sold Fate, it turns out, is set in the same world as Fredericks debut, but takes I hate giving up on books when I ve paid full price for them and bought them onor less the day of release I wasn t a huge fan of the author s previous novel, Farundell, but there were enough good things about it to make me interested in what she would write next As soon as I saw the beautiful cover of this sequel prequel , as well as the intriguing tagline death and beauty magic and science , I was sold Fate, it turns out, is set in the same world as Fredericks debut, but takes place earlier, and focuses on a character who appears as what seems to be a ghost in Farundell Fate follows this character, Lord Francis Damory, as he embarks on a quest to attain immortality.The only way I can describe what s wrong with it is this if you imagine a really good book as an amazing cake, this book is like someone s taken all the ingredients for that amazing cake, but instead of putting all the ingredients together and actually baking the cake, they re just standing in the kitchen and throwing them all at your head Repeatedly There s all these really interesting themes, philosophy and magic and suchlike, as well as big old houses and collegiate environments and adorable little bookshops, and countless sumptuous descriptions of landscapes, decor, clothes, food But nothing s done with them They re just chucked in, apparently for the sake of it Also, one of my main problems with Farundell was the obnoxious main character I was delighted when I found out he wouldn t be in this one I wouldn t have bothered with it if he had been and hoped that problem would be eliminated Unfortunately, Francis is nolikeable He s empty, spoilt and selfish and that robs his character of any sympathetic aspect whatsoever Why would you care if a character like that finds out how to live forever It s such a shame the cover really is gorgeous, and it really does sound fascinating, but I tried and tried and I just couldn t get into it at all Maybe other readers will find the mish mash of themes glorious rather than annoying and unappealing Maybe it s much better if you don t constantly want to punch Francis Maybe I ll give it another go one day but whenever I say that, I never, ever actually end up doing it

  2. Sienna Sienna says:

    Thesaurum non aurum intra celatum A treasure not gold is hidden within I really, really, really loved L.R Fredericks s debut novel Farundell I loved it so much that I pre ordered Fate, the next book in her Time and Light series, months before its release and did a giddy little dance in the privacy of my own home, natch when it arrived last July And then I set it on my bedside table, admiring the cover art, and waited for the mood to be right So December rolled around and FateThesaurum non aurum intra celatum A treasure not gold is hidden within I really, really, really loved L.R Fredericks s debut novel Farundell I loved it so much that I pre ordered Fate, the next book in her Time and Light series, months before its release and did a giddy little dance in the privacy of my own home, natch when it arrived last July And then I set it on my bedside table, admiring the cover art, and waited for the mood to be right So December rolled around and Fate caught my eye as I was packing for our Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere holiday adventure It s quite a large, heavy book I decided to save luggage space by buying the Kindle version, began it in a hotel room in Los Angeles, and completed it last night around 1.30am It s been, long a long time since I stayed up late just to finish a book, and it felt marvelous.This is the story of Francis Damory s life, his loves and losses and his enduring obsession with alchemy and an ancestor whose death seems to have been greatly exaggerated his great great grandfather Tobias It s also the story of fate, an intricate tale balancing serendipity and happenstance, chance and destinyWhat is fate, then, if not the accumulation of choices Francis is an engaging first person narrator, open and honest about his foibles and achievements He s supported by a rich and varied cast of friends and family members who, like the rest of us, love deeply and foolishly and ultimately remain enigmatic as the pages turn and years pass Set mostly in the eighteenth century, Fate takes us from England, where we learn how some some of Farundell sunusual landmarks came to be, across Europe to North Africa and the Middle East It draws inspiration from the Rosicrucian manifestoes and tips a hat coyly to Edward Bulwer Lytton s Zanoni note to self read this We bear witness to alchemical experimentation and obfuscation, both of which Fredericks handles deftly I recommend having a look at the bibliography provided at the end and taking to heart the balance she maintains between metaphor and practice We meet pirates and a Cyprian prince, attend dissections and s ances We even learn the recipe for mithridate.Like its predecessor, the book moves slowly without dragging, and the pay off satisfies and delights Fate is thoughtful and solemn and substantial, but it s also clever and hilarious Agnes sighed I apologise for Mother s strange behaviour She has an unfortunate affliction An affliction She despairs of my matrimony Surely not I reveal what should be concealed, and conceal what should be revealed When I looked perplexed, she sighed again Too much learning, not enough bosomAnd utterly beautiful A cat appeared, sniffed at us cautiously, then seized one of the fish heads, dragged it under a shrub and began gnawing Soon another cat appeared, and another, twelve in all When every scrap of fish was gone, they washed themselves, then sat staring at us The first cat, a skinny black female, came and rubbed her head against my knee I scratched behind her ears she climbed on to my lap and began chewing the leather buttons of my coat When I tried to lift her off she dug her claws into my arm You have made her love you, Philippe said That is never without consequencesAfter a brief lull around the mid section, I found myself highlightingandas my enthusiasm increased for its eccentricities, its discussions of the natural and unnatural, its passion and sensuality The way it gets the past right, at least from this historian of science s limited perspective And for the knowledge that there sto come I can t wait.Though it didn t couldn t catch me by surprise like Farundell, I d argue that Fredericks s second book isaccessible, blending adventure and philosophy in an irresistible way that rewards patient readers Highly recommended, especially if, like me, you read Katherine Neville s The Eight when you were fourteen and thought it was AWESOME Imagine if it had been well written and researched, and crafted with love and wisdom that s Fate

  3. Stevedutch Stevedutch says:

    My review of Frederick s first novel in the Time and Light series, Farundell, ended by suggesting, it ll be interesting to see what Fredericks comes up with next Well, now I know Having been less than wildly enamoured of her first effort I took thisVine choice almost reluctantly and with no great expectations I have to say that reading it has been a joy and now, somewhat ironically, I await the third instalment with a certain degree of trepidation as, almost inevitably, it will not My review of Frederick s first novel in the Time and Light series, Farundell, ended by suggesting, it ll be interesting to see what Fredericks comes up with next Well, now I know Having been less than wildly enamoured of her first effort I took thisVine choice almost reluctantly and with no great expectations I have to say that reading it has been a joy and now, somewhat ironically, I await the third instalment with a certain degree of trepidation as, almost inevitably, it will not live up to my revised expectations It has been criticized elsewhere for appearing to be a whirlwind of action and I can understand this to a certain extent Although I thought the writing in the first book had moments of magic not a lot seemed to be happening and I finished it thinking it rather lightweight Well, the same certainly cannot be said of the second almost from Page 1, Francis Damory, whose story this is, and who crops up as a kind of phantasm in Farundell , finds himself, initially, with the connivance of his elder brother, Sebastian, in a rapid series of escapades contrived to enable him to find out something about the world It begins, proper, in 1717, when Francis is 17 years old and continues on through a somewhat hedonistic maelstrom during which our hero is seduced by a mysterious contessa, with whom he becomes besotted, who sends him a book before completely disappearing The book is authored by Francis s great great Grandfather, Tobias and appears to be an alchemical treatise and connected with Rosicrucianism Francis decides, there and then, to dedicate his life to finding all of this forebear s works, particularly in view of the fact that he receives, in several ways, hints that Tobias, although potentially 200 or so years old, may actually still be alive.However improbable, Francis becomes gradually convinced that Tobias, as a result of his alchemical dabblings, has found the Philosopher s Stone, and gained immortality Thus we follow him through a series of romantic and erotic encounters and relationships that take place in exotic locations throughout Europe and the Middle east on his mission to track down his elusive ancestor.Along the way Francis eventually gains a kind of wisdom and some insight into his own character finally settling, at least for a while, in his now inherited family seat, Farundell.The book is indeed long and there is a vast cast of characters and web of relationships upon which it is difficult to keep tabs However, it really does repay persistence It is rich in imagery and the prose appears effortless, effulgent and elegant it is a kind of Tristram Shandy meets 1001 Arabian Nights and there are definitely similarities, too, to Elizabeth Kostova s The Historian although the narrative of the latter is muchuneven.All in all a marvelous, fantastical concoction to which you will almost certainly want to return

  4. Kell Kell says:

    REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER If you enjoy elegant characters in an eloquently told tale of mystery, magic and timelessness, then this is the novel for you The pace is necessarily slow and reflective, yet the plot unfurls in a deceptively swift manner, so that one never feels bogged down or sluggish The characters are at once mysterious, complex and simple, which helps ground this fantastic tale with a sense of realism, and the blend of magic and science in the setting of the 1700s makes for a sensat REVIEWED FOR PUBLISHER If you enjoy elegant characters in an eloquently told tale of mystery, magic and timelessness, then this is the novel for you The pace is necessarily slow and reflective, yet the plot unfurls in a deceptively swift manner, so that one never feels bogged down or sluggish The characters are at once mysterious, complex and simple, which helps ground this fantastic tale with a sense of realism, and the blend of magic and science in the setting of the 1700s makes for a sensationally engrossing read that never dumbs down for the readers benefit, but assumes a certain level of intelligence on our behalf without becoming lofty and grand in approach.This is actually the sequel to the earlier novel, Farundel, but I never once felt lost or confused whilst reading Fate, and might never have guessed it was anything other than a stand alone novel if I hadn t already known that, so even if you have never read the first book in the Time and Light series, don t let it put you off picking up this sublimely enjoyable book that will leave you filled with wonder and thinking about it long after you have closed the cover

  5. Robin Robin says:

    This book achieved a magically rare balance for me Generally, if I hate the main characters, then I don t care what happens to them and lose interest in the book like in JK Rowling s A Casual Vacancy who cares what happens to those awful people And If I like a character too much, I hate seeing bad things happen to them, like people in their lives falling ill or serious reversals of fortune.However, with our poor Francis Damory, he seemed JUST inoffensive enough that I was interested in hi This book achieved a magically rare balance for me Generally, if I hate the main characters, then I don t care what happens to them and lose interest in the book like in JK Rowling s A Casual Vacancy who cares what happens to those awful people And If I like a character too much, I hate seeing bad things happen to them, like people in their lives falling ill or serious reversals of fortune.However, with our poor Francis Damory, he seemed JUST inoffensive enough that I was interested in his story, but enough of a turd that I didn t care that his life was a grand parade of people dying on him and him having sex with people who always turned out to be the VERY wrong person.Very interesting travel tale, and I loved the bit about how he didn t mind bangin dudes as well, though he was a ladies man in general Very open minded.For a book that s ostensibly about the philosopher s stone, it takes almost the entire book to even mention it, but there s enough science and magic and random chance called fate in the book to keep the reader interested

  6. Oria Oria says:

    Fate is the second book in the Time and Light series I quite enjoyed the first, Farundell, which I ve read and reviewed three years ago and so I was looking forward to see what this one was about Both of these books can also be read as standalone novels What am I Not a ghost, though that is what most people believe I am, and it looks like I shall forever be, Lord Francis Peter George St John Damory.I was bornthan two hundred years ago and although I am not strictly speaking alive, Fate is the second book in the Time and Light series I quite enjoyed the first, Farundell, which I ve read and reviewed three years ago and so I was looking forward to see what this one was about Both of these books can also be read as standalone novels What am I Not a ghost, though that is what most people believe I am, and it looks like I shall forever be, Lord Francis Peter George St John Damory.I was bornthan two hundred years ago and although I am not strictly speaking alive, I am obviously not dead My appearance is as I choose, though usually I resemble my old self I was a handsome man I enjoyed it then and I enjoy it now I am not beyond vanity, nor any other trick or trap of earthly existence My body is a simulacrum, as is my study, my fire, brandy, pen, paper.I am an artist of the aether It s 1717, London, and young Francis Damory and his brother Sebastian are out on the town for a night of enjoyment to celebrate Francis 17th birthday, when they are attacked As Francis lies in the gutter, he remembers the night of his eleventh birthday when he went sleepwalking through the rooms of Farundell and had a brief conversation with his great great grandfather, Tobias, whose life he knew very little about except for rumors that were quickly hushed up Tobias had died a long time ago Or did he So begins a lifelong obsession, as Francis sets up to find the elusive Tobias As thread after thread unravels in his hands, Francis becomesandconvinced his ancestor is alive But how is this possible Is he immortal or just a product of too many tales embellished over the years And if he is still alive, where is he Mysterious books with a rose and a cross on the cover, an enigmatic Contessa, a piece of paper leading to a secluded villa on a small island, and a key that would fit a special door, are just a few of the clues that lie scattered throughout the book like the famous crumbs in the forest Picking them one by one, Francis travels from London to Paris and Venice, to Cairo and Constantinople, he buries loved ones, has children, encounters pirates, meets a sultan, and his life becomes interconnected with a variety of interesting characters a friend who becomes an enemy, a famous castrato whose voice is the toast of Europe, a trusted servant, a string of lovers, distant relatives And with each adventure he is getting closer, his curiosity driving him on, his need to know the single most powerful force in his life Like a magnet, the elusive Tobias seems to be always one step further, his presence almost tangible, and Francis never stops pursuing him His quest does end, only to be replaced by another, evenpowerful, and Francis seems to never find peace, to always run after something only to discover yet another ramification at the end of the path he s taken Most of the characters are endowed with beauty and great wealth they flaunt a sexual freedom unrestricted by the rules of society They live their lives passionately and some die violently Fredericks does not shy away from killing likeable characters.Descriptions of detailed anatomical procedures may be a bit graphic for some readers but I found myself fascinated by the details the preserving of bodies, autopsies the author writes about them not with a rough hand of someone seeing the cut flesh but with a certain respect and reverence for the receptacle of the human soul The cravings of the body and the yearnings of the soul are on display and behind the many adventures of Francis Damory, lies a quest for something fargreater than himself What he wants comes at a high price and there is no undoing Farundell was an interesting book but it felt a bit dispersed, in the sense that there were a few characters whose stories mingled together, while Fate follows Francis Damory and his ancestor Tobias, giving the narrative aprecise focus Reading this book reminded me of the Arabian Nights from adventure to adventure, never ending and Dracula the quest for finding the immortal one, although there are no vampires in the story , and also of Anne Rice s The Mayfair Witches series experimenting with the purpose of creating an immortal being , all of them books I loved There are also references to Greek and Egyptian gods, cats and temples, pyramids and elixirs, a s ance session complete with fortune telling cards it helps if you re familiar with mythology but is by no means a requirement to enjoy this book What I liked most about it was the sense of adventure it had a good pace and an ongoing sense of mystery and the ending which is both satisfying and also made me want to find outI m very curious to see if the third installment, The Book of Luce, will pick up where this has left off or if it s just loosely connected to it Some of my favorite passages The wine tasted strangely of roses the cloth covering the table was embroidered with roses As I watched, they twined and blossomed, releasing a sweet fragrance I heard a sound like bells ringing, though the bell tower was long fallen Isabel reached out and took my hand Her gloves were embroidered with roses, alive and growing I shook my head the ringing faded and the roses stilled I took another bite Yes, now I could taste the peach, the apricot It s wonderful, I said I didn t know it was possible to combine two fruits in a single tree Oh yes, possible Many things are possible if one has the time Precisely how I came to be stranded in this state is something I have not yet entirely understood, but there is no doubt that, as an experienced chemist, I should have known that the application of intense heat to a substance my body whose nature I did not fully comprehend was likely to have unexpected consequences

  7. Bronwyn Hegarty Bronwyn Hegarty says:

    This was an intriguing read and compelling in a way and adventurous It was an epic, and the author cleverly covered a huge time span It really gets you thinking about immortality, and alchemy, and whether different dimensions of living are really a possibilty It is well written and the voice of the hero is strong and convincing The ending got a little fragmented as if the author did not want to stop but felt she had to end the story somehow Worth a read if you want to experience something d This was an intriguing read and compelling in a way and adventurous It was an epic, and the author cleverly covered a huge time span It really gets you thinking about immortality, and alchemy, and whether different dimensions of living are really a possibilty It is well written and the voice of the hero is strong and convincing The ending got a little fragmented as if the author did not want to stop but felt she had to end the story somehow Worth a read if you want to experience something different The intention of the book took a while for me to grasp and I guess the theme, fate, is why so much bad stuff happens

  8. Jae Jae says:

    what can i say that even comes close to describing this alchemist journey, so many new avenues to explore i find myself taking notes to look into what things means or books and places mentioned yet again i find myself blown away by this author

  9. Lainy Lainy says:

    Time Taken To Read dipped in and out for over a weekBlurb From GoodreadsLondon 1717 on the day of his seventeenth birthday, Lord Francis Damory stumbles upon a book a family heirloom that will change the course of his life, linking him to the mysterious great great grandfather Tobias, an alchemist who may yet still be alive So begins Damory s quest for the elixir of immortality fro the gilded salons of decadent nobility to the brothels and debtors prisons of Georgian London across th Time Taken To Read dipped in and out for over a weekBlurb From GoodreadsLondon 1717 on the day of his seventeenth birthday, Lord Francis Damory stumbles upon a book a family heirloom that will change the course of his life, linking him to the mysterious great great grandfather Tobias, an alchemist who may yet still be alive So begins Damory s quest for the elixir of immortality fro the gilded salons of decadent nobility to the brothels and debtors prisons of Georgian London across the Alpine passes to Venice and the pirate infested Mediterranean Sea through love affairs and deadly duels, as Damory encounters courtesans and castrati, alchemists and anatomists, Rosicrucians, visionaries, monsters, charlatans, spies and assassins.My ReviewLord Francis Damory is the main character in this weird and wonderful tale Francis comes upon a book from his families past that they would rather forget which opens up a world to him that you can only dream hope and pray about What follows is a quest for immortality, love, murder, deceit, loss and secrets.To be honest, much as I enjoyed some of this book there were parts I didn t love so much or became bored by It is a huge read at 512 pages and it splits into two main parts, one follows Francis s life outside the quest His love life, struggles, family issues and travels etc and the other part follows his quest for the truth and his work as an alchemists and the colleagues and trades he comes upon I would be getting into the whole quest when it would go off on a personal tangent as Francis got caught up in life and love as you do then I would get into that and it would fall back into the quest.I found myself having to look up lots of words which is always a good thing and read up on a bit of history to clue up on some of what was happening in the book It is definately enjoyable and the chapters which, as you know I love are only a handful of pages long so you can dip in and out as you please If you fancy something a bit different that is set back in the 1700s with a bit of science and mystery with some brothel visits, duelling, murder and a bit of everything really then this is the book for you 3 5 for me this time and thank you to John Murray Publishers for introducing me to this author and giving me the chance to review this.This book is available from all good retailers published on 5th july 2012

  10. Kell Kell says:

    If you enjoy elegant characters in an eloquently told tale of mystery, magic and timelessness, then this is the novel for you The pace is necessarily slow and reflective, yet the plot unfurls in a deceptively swift manner, so that one never feels bogged down or sluggish The characters are at once mysterious, complex and simple, which helps ground this fantastic tale with a sense of realism, and the blend of magic and science in the setting of the 1700s makes for a sensationally engrossing read If you enjoy elegant characters in an eloquently told tale of mystery, magic and timelessness, then this is the novel for you The pace is necessarily slow and reflective, yet the plot unfurls in a deceptively swift manner, so that one never feels bogged down or sluggish The characters are at once mysterious, complex and simple, which helps ground this fantastic tale with a sense of realism, and the blend of magic and science in the setting of the 1700s makes for a sensationally engrossing read that never dumbs down for the readers benefit, but assumes a certain level of intelligence on our behalf without becoming lofty and grand in approach.This is actually the sequel to the earlier novel, Farundel, but I never once felt lost or confused whilst reading Fate, and might never have guessed it was anything other than a stand alone novel if I hadn t already known that, so even if you have never read the first book in the Time and Light series, don t let it put you off picking up this sublimely enjoyable book that will leave you filled with wonder and thinking about it long after you have closed the cover

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