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Quicksilver is the story of Daniel Waterhouse, fearless thinker and conflicted Puritan, pursuing knowledge in the company of the greatest minds of Baroque-era Europe, in a chaotic world where reason wars with the bloody ambitions of the mighty, and where catastrophe, natural or otherwise, can alter the political landscape overnight.

It is a chronicle of the breathtaking exploits of "Half-Cocked Jack" Shaftoe -- London street urchin turned swashbuckling adventurer and legendary King of the Vagabonds -- risking life and limb for fortune and love while slowly maddening from the pox.

And it is the tale of Eliza, rescued by Jack from a Turkish harem to become spy, confidante, and pawn of royals in order to reinvent Europe through the newborn power of finance.

A gloriously rich, entertaining, and endlessly inventive novel that brings a remarkable age and its momentous events to vivid life, Quicksilver is an extraordinary achievement from one of the most original and important literary talents of our time.

And it's just the beginning ...

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Quicksilver
Average rating
4.4 / 5
Best character development
June 15th, 2014
Nobody does character development like Stephenson. Eliza and Jack are so good I could read them forever. Real wit coupled with a bold honesty and fearless spirit, each expressed individually, embodies all of the main characters. The history is interesting, the adventures invigorating, and the personal quests compelling. There's a reason this was a NY Times best seller for so long. A great read, a great experience.
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