The Collector of Dying Breaths

The Collector of Dying Breaths

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A lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as a perfumer and a mythologist search for the fine line between potion and poison, poison and passion...and past and present. From the internationally bestselling author, a lush and imaginative novel that crisscrosses time as passion and obsessions collide Florence, Italy--1533: An orphan named René le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, René brings with him a cache of secret documents from the monastery where he was trained: recipes for exotic fra-grances and potent medicines--and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten-tial to reanimate the dead. In France, René becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country, but also the most dangerous, creating deadly poisons for his Queen to use against her rivals. But while mixing herbs and essences under the light of flickering candles, René doesn't begin to imag-ine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible. Paris, France--The Present: A renowned mythologist, Jac L'Etoile--trying to recover from personal heartache by throw-ing herself into her work--learns of the sixteenth-century perfumer who may have been working on an elixir that would unlock the secret to immortality. She becomesobsessed with René le Florentin's work--particularly when she discovers the dying breaths he had collected during his lifetime. Jac's efforts put her in the path of her estranged lover, Griffin North, a linguist who has already begun translating René le Flo-rentin's mysterious formula. Together they confront an eccentric heiress in possession of a world-class art collection, a woman who has her own dark purpose for the elixir . . . for which she believes the ends will justify her deadly means. This mesmerizing gothic tale zigzags from the violent days of Catherine de Medici's court to twenty-first-century France. Fiery and lush, set against deep, wild forests and dimly lit cha-teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 157 x 231 x 36mm | 544g
  • English
  • 1451621531
  • 9781451621532
  • 1,058,596

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"M.J. Rose's latest is breathtaking. The Collector of Dying Breaths combines fascinating history, torrid romance and a compelling mystery into a marvelous package that will entice fans of Anne Rice and Diana Gabaldon...Rose has taken an interesting premise and uses history to tell her tale....an original reading experience."--Associated Press
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1,555 ratings
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4 37% (575)
3 24% (368)
2 7% (116)
1 3% (43)

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I'd read Seduction last year, and quite enjoyed it, so I was delighted to be able to get The Collector of Dying Breaths ahead of time. And it didn't disappoint at all. In fact, I think I enjoyed it more. The intrigue of the court of Catherine de'Medici, and the present-day mystery of Jac's strange employers, combined to make a novel that kept me reading intently. If I hadn't had to sleep, and work, I'd likely have inhaled it in a single (rather long) sitting. Jac's brother Robbie has died, and she's sucked into the orbit of a very troubling, obsessive woman named Melinoe, who is determined to discover the secret of immortality, of the dying breaths. Jac accepts, and once she arrives at the chateau, she begins to see the life of the perfumer René. In some ways, seeing René's life is like knowing the ending to a movie, but still being on the edge of your seat with horror and anticipation. I think this is my favourite of M.J.'s books so far. The mix of French royalty and history, and the gripping suspense, kept me anxious and reading as much as I could.show more
by Alyssa Palmer
The Collector of Dying Breaths is part history, part romance, and part adventure. The book proceeds in two time periods - current day and the court of Catherine de' Medici. The history in this book is intriguing. The romance adds interest. The adventure makes fast paced. The environment add a Gothic element. What makes the book less successful is the interjection of certain physical descriptions. Other than that, a light, quick, and enjoyable read. Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2014/03/the-collector-of-dying-breaths.html *** Reviewed based on a publisher�??�?�¢??s galley received through NetGalley ***show more
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