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Scientist, mathematician, and court astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, John Dee is also one of the sixteenth-century's most renowned alchemists, driven by a passion to fathom the elemental secrets of the cosmos. But when his reckless assistant, Edward Kelley, succeeds in using a crystal sphere to summon angels, Dee is catapulted into an awesome struggle that may extinguish the light of reason forever.

One of the spirits invoked is a cunning demon who takes possession of Dee's young daughter, Katherine, and shows Dee a frightening vision of his own future. Terrified by what has been foretold, Dee abruptly decides to close his house in London and flee to Europe with his long-suffering wife, Jane, and their two young children.

Their desperate flight brings them at last to the city of Prague--a center of culture, knowledge, and learning, both sacred and profane, a gateway between the Eastern and Western worlds, and also, it is whispered, a door between our world and the world of the spirits.

There, in the city's ancient streets, Dee encounters the mystic Rabbi Judah Loew, who enlists his aid in the creation of a Golem--a man fashioned from the clay--to defend the city's Jewish Quarter from persecution. And he asks Dee's help to avert a impending crisis that threatens to engulf the world. For ancient legends say that the fate of the world rests on shoulders of thirty-six righteous men. And if one of those righteous men dies before his time, the world will end and dark spirits will remake it in their own image.

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Praised by Orson Scott Card as "the best writer in our field today, bar none, " Goldstein has enchanted a host of readers with her novels that blend strange magics with passionately realized characters. With "The Alchemist's Door, " Goldstein delivers an entertaining and compelling story of angels and demons.

About the Author

Lisa Goldstein is the author of seven widely acclaimed novels, including The Dream Years, A Mask for the General, Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, Tourists, Summer King, Winter Fool, and Dark Cities Underground, as well as numerous works of short fiction, recently collected in the anthology Travellers in Magic. Goldstein lives in Oakland, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780765301505
Author:
Goldstein, Lisa
Publisher:
Tor Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Jews
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
British
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
Subject:
Fantasy - Historical
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Rabbis
Subject:
Golem
Subject:
Prague
Subject:
Astrologers
Subject:
Alchemists.
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
107-82
Publication Date:
20020803
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.648 in

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"Synopsis" by , Praised by Orson Scott Card as "the best writer in our field today, bar none, " Goldstein has enchanted a host of readers with her novels that blend strange magics with passionately realized characters. With "The Alchemist's Door, " Goldstein delivers an entertaining and compelling story of angels and demons.
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