A Classic Myth Meets Contemporary Times in this Adventure Series About
Art, Alchemy and the World’s Oldest Secret Society

A Rarer Gift Than Gold

A Rarer Gift Than Gold

Lucy Branch

What happens when The Golden Illuminati Think You Have Potential?


Lucy Branch

An Adventure For Art Lovers

Girl In A Golden Cage
Girl In A Golden Cage

Lucy Branch

An Adventure For Art Lovers

What people say about the series…

If you like a conspiracy theory that walks the line between myth and science, you’ll love A Rarer Gift Than Gold.”

“Branch obviously makes an outstanding entry into the world of professional fantasy writing.”

“A series about the dark side of the art world by a real expert in the art world.”

“These novels will take everything you think you know about alchemy and turns it on its head.”

“What’s not to like?  – Rogue artists, The Illuminati and BIG sculptures?”

“An Artful Nugget of Suspense.”

As Featured On Radio 4, The BBC World Service and Timeout, London


Lucy Branch is an expert in the conservation of public sculpture and has worked on some of the UK’s highest profile projects including Nelson’s Column, Eros and Cleopatra’s Needle. Her knowledge and passion for the art world is poured into her fiction which she weaves together with myth, conspiracy theory and fantasy.

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Novels About Alchemy
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A Rarer Gift Than Gold

Abigail Argent stands out: some admire her lean figure and beautiful dark eyes, others notice that she always wears gloves and shudder when they know why. The ones that know her best notice her ability with metal.

She has a gift for seeing the beauty in a plain piece of metal and being able to draw it out. With a background in chemistry, Abigail’s knowledge of her craft is academic as well as practical, which is how she makes a chance discovery of a link between her own craft and that of her favourite childhood myth: the ancient art of alchemy. But danger is lurking where the worlds of art and myth collide.

Abigail piques the interest of one of the world’s oldest secret societies, and she is forced to draw on all her practical knowhow to keep herself alive.

But, what does she discover about herself from The Golden Illuminati?

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Rust Upon My Soul

The Golden Illuminati are biding their time, but they have plans for Abigail Argent. Handsome architect, Robert Fitzpatrick is one of their members. When he offers Abigail help, she’s suspicious. But Abigail is struggling to reconnect with her elusive gift, and Robert offers her the only thing that could persuade her to give him a chance.

Characters old and new come together to help Abigail and protect her from the most formidable secret society in history, but The Golden Illuminati aren’t her only problem. With a new threat hanging over her,

Abigail tries to focus on deepening her strange relationship with metal, whilst bonds with others begin to spin out of control. Can Abigail avoid the clutches of The Golden Illuminati and master her gift?

Girl In A Golden Cage

Francesca Milliardo sees something she wasn’t meant to see. Her dreams of making a big splash as a contemporary artist are on the line if she’s read the situation wrong. Worst still, her father seems to be involved.

As Francesca searches for truth, her persistent migraines are beginning to run riot. Some of her symptoms are morphing and she’s starting to wonder if there’s more to the pain than a pill can cure.

Her father’s handsome assistant is a welcome distraction from the confusion of her life, but can he save her from the dangers that lurk? Or, could he, too, be part of them?

Francesca doesn’t know whom to trust or what to do. It’s time for her to make some hard choices: believe in the people she loves or bet her beloved career on a mystery that’s rooted in myth.

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