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In the tradition of Robert Louis Stevenson ... a grown-up adventure novel of deep intrigue and vivid characters.

At the age of 14, Jenny Swift is torn from her home deep in the forest to become apprenticed to the master alchemist Richard Antrobus. Jenny's mother was a healer from the East who has taught her well and from whom she inherits her exotic looks. But this differen
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Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 26th 2010 (first published September 30th 2010)
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GoldenjoyBazyll
Mar 26, 2012 GoldenjoyBazyll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Imagine being raised in a little village... training to be a healer.... learning the craft from mother to daughter. Life is fairly simple until you are told that you must become the apprentice of a famous alchemist. That is what happens to the heroine of this story. She is just a girl and within a day of leaving the safety of Queerwood she is thrust into a dangerous role of having to help the alchemist save the city of Vail from losing it's crops and the possibility of all of the people perishin ...more
Mariette
Jan 13, 2012 Mariette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't recommend this for your children. Put it on a top shelf so they ask permission to read it. Or, they could climb up the shelves to get what they want to have.
Why should anyone want to read a story which is not what the reviewers are looking for? It is not fantasy; there's no magic here. And, Jenny Swift is not a hero; also, the rough, coarse servant actually turns out to be trustworthy protector; and, the attractive young man is not all he seems to be. Who would approve of this tale of a by
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Mar 03, 2014 Merissa (Archaeolibrarian) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: kindle-freebie
A wonderfully refreshing and original read after so many recent teenage books recycling story lines. Right from the first page I have been engrossed in Brimstone. It took me a small matter of hours to finish it as I literally couldn't put it down! I felt that every character was well described, and that I knew each personally. The action scenes are written in a way which means that I could imagine what was going on very vividly. The book is captivating and well written, a true page turner. I fel ...more
Diane
Dec 07, 2012 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent YA fantasy! I loved the characters in Brimstone and the plot captured me completely. Brimstone accomplishes something wonderful I think in that it gives female fans of fantasy adventure a protagonist worth relating to, while retaining broader appeal and without sacrificing the quality of the work. Brimstone is a rare gem and I am very eagerly awaiting the sequel.
Georgianna Price
Nov 08, 2013 Georgianna Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because it looked interesting. I wasn't disappointed. Though some of the characters seem a little one dimensional and the active voice switching abruptly from one person to another could have made for an awful reading experience, Skinner's skill in telling a story is not overshadowed. I can't wait to find out what kind of mess Jenny gets into next!
✿Claire✿
I enjoyed this book, the story was great and I'd love to read more. The only thing I did think that the ending seemed a bit rushed, once the action was over, the end came really quickly.
Liz
Jun 03, 2014 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrible-covers
3.5/5

Brimstone is an intriguing and original story, with a premise that stands out from many other young adult novels. It is the tale of fourteen-year-old Jenny Swift, who is forced to leave her father and her sick mother in order to become the new apprentice of Master Richard Antrobus, a renowned alchemist. At first, Jenny resents her apprenticeship and has no interest in becoming an alchemist In Vale, and wished to return home and become a healer like her mother. Living a sheltered life with h
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Cat
Mar 27, 2012 Cat rated it it was ok
This book moves deceptively fast: there were times when Jenny (the protagonist) is frustrated by the lack of action, then you find out it's only been a day. The plot is interesting, though I wouldn't call it mind blowing or anything. It is also very straight forward read; there's only one plot and zero side story.

Jenny is quite naive, having grown up far away from everyone except her parents. This innocence pops up throughout the book and unfortunately does nothing for the "heroine." For instanc
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4/5

What Skinner has written in 'Brimstone' is a cleverly spun tale that draws upon a reader's imagination in ways that any good fantasy novel should. Full of drama, danger, intrigue, magic, astonishment, and Romance with a capital 'R', 'Brimstone' fires up to a good start - as a series starter and a debut novel.

We begin with Jenny Swift, who is taken away from her home in
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Evie Woolmore
Aug 06, 2013 Evie Woolmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderfully well-imagined novel with terrific, strong characters and a well thought out story. Jenny Swift is plucked from her woodland home aged fifteen by Richard Antrobus, the master alchemist of small city-state Vale, who has chosen her for her extraordinary healing abilities to become his apprentice. She is immediately plunged into a world of danger and intrigue when Antrobus is attacked on their way to Vale, and the first few days of Jenny's apprenticeship become a race to find o ...more
Juli Manz
Mar 19, 2016 Juli Manz rated it it was amazing
Fun book

A fun and exciting book written for both the young and the young-at-heart. Lots of actions in what turns out to be a mystery, but doesn't seem one at first.

Fun characters and fast paced plot. Well written. Really enjoyed my afternoon reading this book.
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I read this book a while ago and at this point I don't really remember what it is about or what I liked specifically. I do remember liking the suspense and action and that the main character was a great leading girl. Hopefully, I will reread it and write a better review in the future.
Sophie
Aug 12, 2011 Sophie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't quite sure of what I'd make of the book, when I first sat down to read it. It wasn't something I'd usually read, but I have to admit, I was gripped from the start, and ended up finishing it within 12 hours of starting it. Imagine being uprooted from your home, taken away from your family, and thrown into a new life. That's what happens to Jenny, and the drama doesn't end there. The twists in the book keep you captivated, and you end up keep wanting to read more. It's a good change to te ...more
Darlene
Jan 09, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Fantasy worth the read

We all need heroes and villains to believe in. Heroes make us believe in truth, justice and honor. Villains reveal the evil and despair in the world. This book has plenty of both. Pursuit of truth and magic counter a ruthless desire for power in this novel and at the heart of it all is a young, female apprentice with a talent in the use of herbs and other botanicals. When her master goes missing she is instrumental in his recovery. I
enjoyed this book and took my time readi
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Raven
Feb 24, 2013 Raven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just couldn't bring myself to like this book. I thought Jenny was painfully naive and lacking in common sense. I understand that she was extremely sheltered, but even a sheltered child should have been able to figure certain things out that she didn't. The story moved painfully slow, with some action and never any answers. Antrobus' character was flat and undeveloped. Also, as silly as it sounds, I hated the name 'Jenny' in a medieval world.
Jacqui
May 11, 2013 Jacqui rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Even though this is classed as a fantasy book, there is no magic involved. Despite that, I found this to be an enjoyable and very quick read (one day). Recommended for those of you who just want to read a quick book, with likeable characters, a fast paced story line with not much lovey-dovey stuff. Well, there is a little bit of teenage girl angst, but what doesn't seem to have that these days? But there wasn't a lot of it to make me go bleugh.
Teresa Carrigan
Apr 08, 2012 Teresa Carrigan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
YA, not exactly fantasy. It feels like fantasy, but there is NO magic in it at all. Main character is a teenage girl who is forced to apprentice to an alchemist. Well written characters, although I did find the villain a bit too easy to predict.
Leticia Bench
Feb 21, 2013 Leticia Bench rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I was pleasantly surprised at this book, having expected it to be not nearly as good as it is. I love the setting and the characters. A little annoyed at a few things left unexplained, but it looks like there will be another book to look forward to.
Jennifer
The story idea was fine, just nothing special. The writing style was a bit off too - I gave up at about 80%, when it should have been getting good. Even though it's a free book on Kindle, it's not worth your time!
Marsha Graham
Jan 01, 2014 Marsha Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coming of age tale, fast paced, easy read. Amazon kindle freebie.
Flower
I liked this book. Found the ending to be a bit brisk for my taste. Would like to have had a bit more of an ending after all the excitement.
Kindle version.
Ted
May 08, 2012 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well done. I pickied this up as a free Kindle download on Amazon and was pleasantly surprised. Good story and characters. Strong feminine lead. Recommend!
Stephanie Otteni
Apr 15, 2012 Stephanie Otteni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was an easy read and was better than I thought it was going to be, I found myself not wanting to put it down.
Fee (Ebook Addicts)
Fairly good read for a YA book.very fast paced and the story draws you in from the start.
Lisa Shafer
Mar 07, 2012 Lisa Shafer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the richly-detailed setting of this book. :)
Robynne
Sep 04, 2012 Robynne rated it really liked it
Free book from Kindle which I really enjoyed!
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