Wednesday, September 19, 2018


Title: Alchemy

Author: Alison Gardiner

Genre: Middle Grade, Adventure

Rating: 5 out of 5 fairies

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Alex Weston has marooned himself and his sassy hamster, Skoodle, onto the magical island of Eridor while seeking his vanished parents. Yet Alex has no magic; he must rely on bravery, quick thinking and a few ounces of rodent as he fights to survive. 
Alex, Skoodle and Tariq, a bear, attempt to rescue a wizard boy, Luke, who is trapped on a remote mountainside by merciless, disgusting goblins. Risking his life, Tariq is transformed into a marble statue and held ransom by a vicious gargoyle; the price for his life is for a friend to turn traitor. 
Their wizard friend, Zorrin, has his mind corroded by an enchanted sapphire as he attempts to return it to a mountain with a living brain; once loyal, he is now a powerful mortal enemy. 
Determined to save Tariq, Alex seeks help from sleeping stone lions, discovering that solving an ancient armadillo alchemist’s puzzle might give them a chance of saving Eridor from destruction by Zorrin. Yet Zorrin outwits them. Betrayed, he’s furious beyond reason; mighty beyond measure.
With no spells, no weapons, Alex must somehow save his dying friends in the few minutes remaining before Zorrin murders them all. 

Review: Skoodle is amazing. The story was well written and fun, with just the right amount of tension. I know some people who will love this book!

Where to buy: Amazon

About the Author: Alison Gardiner is a doctor, mother, and writer, although the priority order often gets jumbled. The Serpent of Eridor, Book One of the Eridor MG fantasy series, was published last year by Matador and has sold over a thousand copies. She is currently enjoying visiting schools to talk about The Serpent of Eridor and writing in general, aiming to inspire children to both read and write more, stretching their imagination.

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