The Collector of Dying Breaths (Library Binding)

By M. J. Rose

Center Point, 9781628991185, 495pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2014

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (2/10/2015)
Hardcover (4/8/2014)
Compact Disc (2/10/2015)
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (4/8/2014)
Compact Disc (4/8/2014)
MP3 CD (4/8/2014)
Compact Disc (4/8/2014)

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April 2014 Indie Next List

“This latest offering from Rose marks the return of Jac L'Etoile, the heroine first introduced in The Book of Lost Fragrances. Jac is quickly engulfed in a quest to create an elixir that will bring souls back to life using a person's last, dying breath. Her patrons are the mysterious Greek heiress Melinoe and her stepbrother, Serge, whose sibling relationship raises many questions for Jac. As Jac's former lover, Griffin, assists her in the pursuit to recreate the elixir based on notes left behind by Rene le Florentine, the two are drawn into the past life of Rene, his lover Isabeau, and the dynamic, manipulative Catherine de Medici. Rose captivates us with a story about relationships past and present, and the most basic of human emotions: love, greed, and betrayal.”
— Stacey Harris, Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
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Description

Florence, Italy -- 1533: An orphan named Ren le Florentin is plucked from poverty to become Catherine de Medici's perfumer. Traveling with the young duchessina from Italy to France, Ren 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, Ren becomes not only the greatest perfumer in the country but 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, Rene doesn't begin to imagine the tragic and personal consequences for which his lethal potions will be responsible.