The Collector of Dying Breaths

The Collector of Dying Breaths

A Novel of Suspense

Book - 2014
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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 fra­grances and potent medicines--and a formula for an alchemic process said to have the poten­tial 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 imag­ine 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 throw­ing 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 Flo­rentin'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 cha­teaus, The Collector of Dying Breaths illuminates the true path to immortality: the legacies we leave behind.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Atria Books, 2014.
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451621532
Branch Call Number: FIC Rose
Characteristics: 368 pages : illustrations


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rberardinelli Nov 07, 2016

Very interesting premise and all the characters were fleshed out really well. The sex scenes weren't that obnoxious, either. The book definitely picked up in the last third or so and that was where it almost lived up to the subtitle "A Novel of Suspense." I was hoping it would be more suspenseful, but it was very well-written overall and I enjoyed it.

Jun 18, 2015

This story has the perfect blend of history running parallel with the present. Beautiful tale of love, 2nd chances, potions, poisons, passions and the obsessive need to know the truth regardless of cost.

Jan 28, 2015

Well I thought I was reading a bit of suspense and a bit of history. I was totally unprepared for the handful of really descriptive sex scenes that got thrown in which really isn't a problem except that they were so out of character with the rest of the story. Seemed kind of cheesy to me.

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rberardinelli thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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