Monday, 17 April 2017


Alchemy is a book by Alison Gardiner that tells the story of a boy, 14-year-old Alex Weston and his hamster, Skoodle, who is described as "sassy."

Alex has managed to maroon  himself and Skoodle on a magical island called Eridor. This unfortunate eventuality occurred whilst alex was attempting to locate his parents who had vanished.

There is one thing that Alex lacks, and that could be seen as a major handicap on such a magical island like Eridor. Alex has no magic. So he must, with the assistance of his rodentine companion, fight powerful magical forces and enchantments merely to survive.

However, they meet up with a golden pelted bear called Tariq and together they risk their lives to attempt to save a boy wizard who they learn is trapped on the side of a remote mountain, by disgusting and ruthless goblins.

But Tariq is turned to stone, and the price to save him is for a best friend to turn traitor.

Assisted by a bewildering array of magical creatures can a boy save Tariq and also save the whole of Eridor from destruction?

The book is fast paced and is emotionally charged and explores many complex themes and is an ideal book for young fantasy novel lovers. It's published by Matador at £7.99 and is available for purchase here

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