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The Alchemist Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B006P7S22K
- Publisher : Windup Stories, Inc. (June 9, 2014)
- Publication date : June 9, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 392 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 96 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #950,144 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But, it does hurt and the bramble thickens more day by day. Enter the alchemist. He has found a way to kill the bramble. The problem is.... it uses magic. So if he goes to the leader to tell of his discovery, he could free the city and/or face execution. How he resolves that is the focus of the last two thirds of this novella. You'll have to read it to find out. If you are a fan of this author, as I am, you may find yourself wondering why he chose to partake in this duology. It is not his best work, but it is good, fast reading and does hold the reader's interest. One does not have to read the companion volume for this one to make sense. It works as a stand-alone.
Interesting world and characters are introduced. Good story telling/writing. Though I prefer the verse and writing in The Alchemist over The Executioness. Both read like great introductions to two very intriguing charactres, that hopefully are developed into a major joint Novel. (The problem these societies face --- "The Bramble" --- is only introduced...so plenty of drama left if the writers choose to return to this world)
However, this is really not even a Novella- - more just a short story/Introduction to a world and two main characters -- one in each story.
This new fantastical world is very unknown still -- but seems an interesting world steeped in mythology and magic, that seems to feed of of Eastern Mythology. However, magic was over-used, and a blight has taken over the land -- an Organic "Bramble" that feeds off of magical energy, is virtually unstoppable, and is deadly is choking out the world...one great civilization at a time.
As mentioned above -- "Bramble" is still ravaging the world at the close of these books, so very possibly the opening for something with more scope and depth.
This is a lovely fable of a land choked by its own excess, and the father giving all to save his daughter, and perhaps an empire.
Jhandpara was once a land of magic and wonder. Wizards flew on carpets, children never sickened, the land was rich and fair. But each spell brought a root of poisonous bramble that came to ensnare great swathes of the kingdom and poison the people into deadly sleep.
What does one do when magic saves us but continues the deadly bramble? Where does the truth lie between magic and alchemy. What would you do with the deadly spread of the sleeping death. The alchemist is a man first. The character is complex and his task even more so. The doomed kingdom is intriguing, this is a short lovely story of magic and love.