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The Missing Alchemist

(The Young Alchemist Series #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  33 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Having grown up in an orphanage, Craig Pike appreciates his comfortable life as a student of Cornelius, a famous alchemist. But when Cornelius is kidnapped, Craig leaves comfort behind to search for him. Craig teams up with Audrey Clife, a clever archer, and together they travel across mysterious lands and battle otherworldly creatures. Their journey reveals that Cornelius ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by Icasm Press (first published January 1st 2015)
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
When Tia sent me the information on this blog tour, I quickly grabbed it up - I enjoy children and middle school books, love fantasy, and I had already read a book by this author. The cover caught my attention and the synopsis had me intrigued.

Unfortunately, once I got into the book, I was a little disappointed.

When I sit down to read these books, I try to put myself into the shoes of the reader, thinking about it as I would have felt at that age. I have always been a big reader and spent a lot
Book Gannet
Dec 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, this book. It could have been so good. Instead it’s flat and a bit dull with more tell than show, and characters who are introduced with a full physical description that is never referred to again. Our intrepid hero, Craig, is pretty dim, fairly useless in a fight, yet somehow manages to succeed wherever he goes. This would mostly be thanks to the Big Clues that seem to follow him around, ready to hit him on the head at the appropriately coincidental time. He also has a habit of getting into ...more
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I’ve read by this author, and it held my interest the whole book. The book takes the formula of two people (in this case young kids on a rescue mission) exploring unfamiliar regions and does a good job with it. The alchemy was interesting, but not really central to the plot. I’ll be reading the sequel when it comes out.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun adventure story with a fairly simple plot and lots of action. There’s a scene with a cursed garden that has all kinds of strange plants and creatures that I thought was really cool. A good read for anyone who likes simple fantasy type books.
Feb 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"The Missing Alchemist" by Caldric Blackwell is a wonderful middle-grade book about an adventure to save Cornelius, the town alchemist, from the evil-doer who has taken him away from his apprentice, Craig, and all of the townspeople. The story follows Craig as he ventures to discover the whereabouts of his beloved mentor...but this journey is not without its challenges! The plot features many scenes of struggle where Craig must think on his feet about what he should do next. He must travel throu ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was the targeted perfectly for my 9 year old son. It is a nice little adventure that would suit children younger than this. It is full of adventure, age appropriate danger and a little mystery. I really liked Audrey. She added some spice to the adventure. I can’t wait until the next book.
Julia Conway
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A tale of adventure, mystery, bravery and overcoming the odds. This book leads to new discoveries and meetings of new people, some friendly and some not so friendly.
It envelops the reader in many ways - I thoroughly enjoyed and highly recommend this book
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
'The Missing Alchemist' tells the story of a young alchemist who goes on an adventure to rescue his teacher.
I've been fascinated with alchemy since I was young, so I was excited to pick up this book. The book is light on the alchemy lore. Since it's for young readers, I imagine the author didn't want to make the spells and what not too complicated.
What the book lacks in alchemy lore, it makes up for with an imaginative world and imaginative creatures. It's a fun adventure from chapter 2 to the
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am a fan of middle grade and YA fantasy, but this book was disappointing. The characters were not well-developed, and the plot was primarily a series of battles involving fire staff, arrows and swords.

An editor could have improved the awkward writing. Below are two examples.
A. p.1 "Fourteen-year-old Craig Pike, his dark blue eyes wide with excitement..."
p.2 "Craig clutched his staff as his dark blue eyes scanned the cornfields." (redundant, awkward)

B. Overuse of empty words like "comprised of
Lynn Demsky
This is an enthralling tale about a young orphan boy, Craig Pike, who is claimed by an Alchemist to become his student. Right from the get-go the story is fast moving, adventurous and fun to read as Craig must go about finding his kidnapped Alchemist, Cornelius! Along the way fighting off all sorts of magical beings, monsters and strange pathways he finds a friend, Audrey, who helps him accomplish his goal. Every page and chapter held a new adventure and the ending was good – I enjoyed how you c ...more
Kristen Olsen
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Who doesn't love an adventure where the the young hero sets out to rescue his mentor with the help of a new friend? Craig and Audrey set out to rescue Cornelius from the evil Meeks. It's a great journey full of magic and battles.
Sharon Tyler
Apr 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The Missing Alchemist is a book that has just about everything you expect from a fantasy novel. The is the orphaned hero, his pure mentor, the unexpected but skilled fighter (which I was glad to see cast as a girl), as well as monsters and magic. There was the dangerous, epic journey and the battles and risks taken because of the need to do the right thing regardless of the risks. The story itself was very well told, and full of drama and magic. what left me a little disappointed was the charact ...more
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Very fun and, at just over 100 pages, a fairly quick read. This story follows Craig as he attempts to rescue his mentor/teacher Cornelius after he disappears at a celebratory feast. Craig meets Audrey and together they have several adventures while on the quest to rescue Cornelius.

This story has a vocabulary that will challenge a younger reader, but not overwhelm. It is geared for folks between about 3rd grade and 6th grade. This story has the underlying message that doing the right/good thing
Liz Vinc
Dec 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall, a fun, imaginative middle grade book. The story follows a young alchemist, Craig Pike, as he embarks on a mission to rescue his kidnapped teacher, Cornelius. The plot is fairly simple, with lots of journeying and magical settings. The situations Craig and Audrey (an archer he meets along the way) get themselves into are engaging. The alchemy portion of the book is pretty straightforward, which makes sense because the book is for a younger audience. I'd say this book is targeted at 11 - ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Caldric Blackwell's "The Missing Alchemist (Paperback)" is a quick, interesting read. Overall, I would rate it 4.5 because it did drag a bit in areas, especially towards the beginning. Overall, though I would recommend the book to tweens and other young readers because it is well written for that age bracket and is a fantasy series that can keep their interest. Some books for young (or old) readers tend to be a bit longer and many young readers can lose interest before finishing them.
My copy was
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Missing Alchemist by Caldric Blackwell, Age 8 - 12. I think this is a good book for the entrance to fantasy in this age level. Either to be read to or to be read independently. We have action, adventure, magic and weird animals, and most important under all the action is the great decision making and the lessons that we are taught.
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Oh my, great idea, horrible execution. The writing style is very "telling" versus showing. The characters actually had things too easy. At least it was short.
Tina Reynolds
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Bit unrealistic. No one speaks the way these people do. "hogs are a main supply of food and fur". Pity. The plot isn't bad but poorly realised.
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Caldric Blackwell is the author of the early chapter book "The Enchanted River Race," the picture book "The Boy Who Couldn’t Cry Wolf," and two middle grade books, the "The Missing Alchemist" and "The Sacred Artifact."

Blackwell began writing fiction while studying English and psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After dabbling with short stories geared toward adults, he turne

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