The Missing Alchemist by Caldric Blackwell

alchemisThe Missing Alchemist

By Caldric Blackwell

128 pages – ages 8+

Published by Icasm Press January 13, 2015

 

Synopsis- From the back cover: “Having grown up in an orphanage, Craig Pike appreciates his comfortable life as a student of Cornelius, a famous alchemist. But when Cornelius is kidnapped, Craig leaves comfort behind to search for him. Craig teams up with Audrey Clife, a clever archer, and together they travel across mysterious lands and battle otherworldly creatures. Their journey reveals that Cornelius’s kidnapping is only a small part of an evil alchemist’s elaborate grab for power, and the only people standing in his way are Craig and Audrey…

What I Thought- This was a really cool fantasy story. It explains how magic is incorporated into the world (and how it is used) very effectively. Craig is a good kid, whom you instantly want to cheer on. Audrey is a good character and she’s also a girl, which is awesome. She saves Craig multiple times, due to her creativity, and skill with a bow and swords. The land that the story takes place in is described well. Mr. Blackwell has written a good fantasy story (plot-wise and reading level) for young middle-grade readers or elementary kids just getting into fantasy. The story has the potential of being a great fantasy novel for older MG readers if the plot and characters were a bit more involved and expanded on.

I give this book 4 out of 5 bookworms!fourbooks



Categories: Age 6-9

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12 replies

  1. The title and cover certainly caught my attention and I enjoyed your review.

  2. This cover is SO cool, I was hoping for a 5 out of 5, Erik, but glad you’re honest 🙂

  3. I like a book with a strong female character like Audrey! Sounds like a book I would enjoy.

  4. Erik, Agree with Donna above. Nice to see a strong female character. p.s. Since the title says it’s the young alchemist series, is there an old one too?

    • Ms. Foster is exactly right! 🙂 I think there are more books coming (YAY!), and that Craig is the “Young Alchemist” because he’s an apprentice, so the “Old Alchemist” would then be his master, Cornelius. 🙂

  5. Me, too! Audrey sounds like the real hero here! Thanks Erik!

  6. Alchemy is always a great theme.

    • Yep! I don’t know if I like (or don’t like) that, in the book, Alchemy is about the element (Air/Wind, Fire, Water, Earth), instead of turning materials into others (like coal to diamond, or metal to gold, etc)

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