The Alchemist

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034546236X
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Something more Spiritual
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Reader reviewed by OIKZ

I usually browse through the amazon pages regarding books, novels, study guides... This novel was one of the most rated on the list so I wanted to read and be insighted on the plotline of the book. I read it and it turned out to be a very spiritual and and somewhat religiously modified, because of the different elements that were captioned in almost each chapter. I enjoyed reading it very much because it included a lot of the Arab heritage and such so it was very interesting to take it into a completely different perspective. Overall, I loved it. There are a lot of insinuations and subliminal assertions made by some characters in the story, which makes it really suspenseful and grasping for the reader to continue on the story of the shepherd's path and the treasure he was seeking in his dream. Read it!!
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Please be the one by Donna Boyd...
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Reader reviewed by Laina

The Alchemist by Donna Boyd

I'm
actually not sure how I feel about this one, not entirely. I love
fantasy books, it's just about my favourite genre, but I'm not sure
about this one.


Summary
from the back of the book: An elegant man sits in the office of Dr.
Anne Kramer, confessing to a heinous murder in the highest echelons of
power that has horrified the modern world. Little knowing that her own
destiny is irrevocably tied to his, Anne listens to Randolf Sontime's
story. "It began with the magic, you see. And so, perforce, must I." As
a boy named Han at the House of Ra, an isolated oasis in the Egyptian
desert of a far ancient time, Sontime was trained in the science of
alchemy - sorcery and miracles. Only two other initiates were as
skilled as he: Akan, a boy whose thirst for knowledge was matched only
by his hunger for truth; and Nefar, a beautiful girl filled with wonder
and ambition. Together they discovered theirs was a power unmatched in
the physical world. That is until that fateful moment when their
alliance was forever damned, their gifts horribly corrupted....


My
review: I haven't read anything else by Donna Boyd, but The Alchemist
was very well written, one of those books you can get lost in for hours
at a time, and if it's an example of what her other works are like, I'm
anxious to read more.


My
only issue is some... mature content. Well, now I sound like a movie
rating system. But my point is that the book itself deals with mature
themes (movie rating again), the whole power struggle thing, you know?
And that was handled very well, that's not my issue. Normally, I
wouldn't even mention it, but it's just that they was some... well,
more than PG-13 stuff in it.
Personally,
it didn't really bother me, but if there was a rating, I didn't see it
(but I am admittedly a little unobservant) and I felt there definitely
should be, because there's nothing really on the cover or back that
suggests the age or maturity that it's aimed at. And that's a pet peeve
of mine that you don't want to get me started on.


Conclusion: Although I had some issues with the maturity of the book, it wasn't a particularly bad
thing as I believe I am a (sorta) mature reader myself and it was a
good read and while it wasn't one of my favourite books, it definitely
is going on my recommend list.

*Reprinted from http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogspot.com/ with author's permission.


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