The Missing Alchemist by Caldric Blackwell

21 Mar

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

12 Responses to “The Missing Alchemist by Caldric Blackwell”

  1. Angela Brown March 21, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

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

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  2. writersideup March 21, 2015 at 11:35 pm #

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

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2015 at 7:06 am #

      It’s an amazing story, but it’s too jam-packed for an early chapter book, and too short for a middle grade. It fell into audience groupings a bit awkward. 🙂

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  3. Darlene March 22, 2015 at 4:23 am #

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

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  4. rnewman504 March 22, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    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?

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2015 at 7:10 am #

      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. 🙂

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  5. readingwithrhythm March 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

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

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  6. Niamh Clune Plum Tree Books March 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Alchemy is always a great theme.

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    • ThisKidReviewsBooks March 26, 2015 at 4:05 pm #

      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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