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The Alchemist's Cat (The Deptford Histories, Book 1) Hardcover – January 1, 2004

4.1 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Deptford Histories Series

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Grade 5-9–In this prequel to The Deptford Mice trilogy, Elias Theophratus Spittle, an evil alchemist, tricks Will Godwin into working as his assistant in his apothecary shop. Sent on a hideous task, Will stumbles onto a cat with three kittens in a dreary graveyard. Chilled to the bone and starving, the felines are rescued by Will and brought back to the shop. Convinced that he is in need of a familiar, Doctor Spittle agrees to let them stay. Will's act of kindness leads to a spiraling tale of sorcery, betrayal, murder, and eventually the evil rise of Jupiter, Lord of All. The book is filled with adventure, suspense, and a feeling of dread. However, parts of it move very slowly, particularly in the beginning. Still, Jarvis closes with an unexpected cliff-hanger that will have readers craving more books about Jupiter. Fans of this series and the "Redwall" audience will enjoy this book.–Christine McGinty, Newark Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. This creepy, atmospheric horror tale, the first in the Deptford Histories and a scary prequel to the Deptford Mice trilogy, reveals how Jupiter, Lord of the Darkness, became so evil and so powerful. Orphaned Will Godwin arrives in London in 1664, summoned by an uncle he doesn't know. After being falsely accused of murder, he flees a mob and ends up in the hands of a wicked alchemist, Elias Theophratus Spittle, who forces Will into servitude. On a late-night errand in winter, Will is pursued and almost caught. He finds refuge in an overgrown graveyard, where he comes upon a mother cat and three young kittens, which he carries back to his master's apothecary shop. The streets of London are vividly realized in all their smell, filth, and disease, as is Spittle's laboratory with its noxious potions, smoke, and evil doings. Jarvis delivers a vivid tale of treachery, cruelty, and sorcery, leavened only by Will's innate goodness. It's also a real page-turner, guaranteed to mesmerize readers of the trilogy. Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587172577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587172571
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,929,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on January 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because I liked the Deptford Mice books. But this one was incredibly boring, like reading a textbook for history class. With the exception of the very beginning, the very end, and one or two places in the middle, this book was a snoozefest. Take my advice and get the other Deptford Mice stories: (The Dark Portal, Crystal Prison, Final Reckoning) and ignore this one, because you can do without it.
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On an outing to my local bookstore a while ago, I came across a couple of books in the 'bargain bin', upon which the cover art (I know, "don't judge a book.....")enchanted me. I bought them, and immediately came here to find the rest (turned out to be one book each from 2 related trilogies). I found the remaining 4, all marked down as well, hardcover, and in new condition, on Amazon. This is the first book of the second trilogy, which gives background to the other. I am loving these books! It is a rather dark storyline, but the characters (cats, rats, squirrels, etc.) are vivid and the writing pulls you in. This series (as well as the Deptford Mice Trilogy) is perfect for summer, when you want to read something that will transport you.
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A Kid's Review on March 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I think that this is a really good book, and I, obviously, do not agree with the kid who called it a "snoozefest"!! The Alchemist's Cat was very exciting! (Of course these are just my thoughts on the book). I think that the history made it even better, because you close the book with just a little more knowledge than you had before (which obviously that other kid doesn't appreciate history). Well, anyway, I think you should read this book. I also urge you to read the rest of the books in the Deptford Mice Trilogy, as they are very exciting and enlightening.

HAPPY READING!!!:)
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This book was very, very, interesting. It wasn't quite the same as the rest of the books in the series. The rest of the series had more magic, while this one had more history and realistic adventures, but it still had plenty of magic in it. I thought it was well thought out and I was a little more fond of the charicters in this book then the ones in the others, probably because I like human charicters better then animals.

I recommend this book and all the others in the Deptford Mice Trilogy because it is a truly amazing series!
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The evil begins... William Godwin, a boy whose family has all just fallen to illness, is forced to serve under a wicked alchemist because of a crime he didn't commit. On one cold winter day, William came across a mother cat and her three kittens. Having pity, William took the family back to the apothecary shop. Little did he know about the cat's true destiny and path that it follows. And there, an evil tail of horror, alchemy, and murder begins.

The Alchemist's Cat is the prequel to The Dark Portal, and is also the beginning to the Deptford Mice Trilogy. This book of horror keeps its suspense, a book that keeps you reading and wanting more. Robin Jarvis has done a terrific job with this prequel. Readers of alchemy and horror will love this book.
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