THE ALCHEMIST by Paolo Bacigalupi, introduction by Tobias S. Buckell, dust jacket and interior illustrations by J. K. Drummond. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2011. 1st trade hardcover edition.
Length: 96 pages.
Magic has a price. But someone else will pay.
Every time a spell is cast, a bit of bramble sprouts, sending up tangling vines, bloody thorns, and threatening a poisonous sleep. It sprouts in tilled fields and in neighbors’ roof beams, thrusts up from between street cobbles, and bursts forth from sacks of powdered spice. A bit of magic, and bramble follows. A little at first, and then more— until whole cities are dragged down under tangling vines and empires lie dead, ruins choked by bramble forest. Monuments to people who loved magic too much.
Issued unsigned but this copy SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR ON THE TITLE PAGE. Fine in fine dj.