The Alchemaster's Apprentice (Zamonia Series #4)

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"Malaisea is the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, home to Echo the Crat, a multi-talented creature that resembles a cat but is capable of speaking any language under the sun. When his mistress dies and Echo finds himself starving on the street, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea's evil alchemist-in-chief. This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render him down for his fat, with which he hopes to brew an immortality potion. But Ghoolion has not reckoned ...

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Overview

"Malaisea is the unhealthiest town in the whole of Zamonia, home to Echo the Crat, a multi-talented creature that resembles a cat but is capable of speaking any language under the sun. When his mistress dies and Echo finds himself starving on the street, he is compelled to sign a contract with Ghoolion the Alchemaster, Malaisea's evil alchemist-in-chief. This fateful document gives Ghoolion the right to kill Echo at the next full moon and render him down for his fat, with which he hopes to brew an immortality potion. But Ghoolion has not reckoned for Echo's talent for survival, and his ability to make new friends." Walter Moers' novel introduces us to yet another of Zamonia's hotbeds of adventure: Malaisea, a place where sick is healthy, up is down, right is wrong, and Ghoolion the Alchemaster reigns supreme - until Echo crosses his path.

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Moers's elegantly written fourth stand-alone comic fantasy set in Zamonia (after 2008's The City of Dreaming Books) takes us to the city of Malaisea, where everyone is sick except for two characters: Echo, a Crat (a talking cat, more or less), and Ghoolion, an evil alchemist likely responsible for Malaisea's afflictions. Crat and alchemist cross paths when the starving Echo is offered a month of food, entertainment and alchemical secrets, after which Ghoolion will kill him to boil down his fat. Ghoolion proves a magically masterful chef, and Echo quickly becomes fascinated by Ghoolion's work, particularly the morphic meals that seem to transform Echo into different creatures. Secrets are revealed, old bodies unearthed and strange allies made in this entrancing tale of darkness, determined survival and incredibly luxurious cuisine. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590202180
  • Publisher: Overlook Press, The
  • Publication date: 9/3/2009
  • Series: Zamonia Series , #4
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 975,711
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter Moers is a cartoonist, painter, and sculptor.
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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Crazy, Loony, and purely Amazing!

    Walter Moers is truly an artist. I've read as many of his novels as possible, and they always fill me with a tidal wave of emotions. At one point, I'm filled with joy, then crying my eyes out, then sitting on the edge of my seat, and finally running out of the room in a blur of pure terror. I also would reccomend reading the physical book first, if only for the pictures, which are, like the books, amazing. I hope 'Rumo' and 'The Thirteen and a Half lives of Captain Bluebear' are put out on the Nook shop very soon! (HINT HINT!)

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  • Posted February 17, 2014

    Highly recommend Walter Moers. Another wildly imaginative Zamoni

    Highly recommend Walter Moers. Another wildly imaginative Zamonia story, this one about the life & education of a Crat.  
    A Crat is a smart cat that talks. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    Great

    I loved this book, I fell in love with the cat and all the characters, I didn't want it to end or I hoped for another book that told me more

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    I love This book and everything by this autor

    Walter Moers is talented and Zany...I have read all the Zamonia Series I could get my hands on and find myself wishing he was a more prolific author.
    The stories are full of adventure, wit and creativity. Great for teenage boys into adventure/ fantasy novels but with a little maturity.
    I recommend that you read it in phisical book form because the illistrations (also done by walter Moers) are extraordinary and even though I see them on my nook they some times got broken up so you could only see a 1/4 of them at a time.

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  • Posted June 30, 2010

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    Reviewed by Theresa L. Stowell for TeensReadToo.com

    Echo is a unique creature; on the surface, he seems to be a talking cat. But, there's more to him than just the ability to talk. Echo can feel, think, plot, and, best of all, survive. When his mistress dies, leaving him starving in the cold, the alchemist-in-chief of Malaisea takes Echo in on one condition. Unfortunately for Echo, that condition means he will die. Ghoolian, the Alchemaster, is too self-involved to notice, however, that Echo is not going to lie down and die without a fight.

    This quirky story takes readers through the bizarre city of Malaisea, an extremely unhealthy place where sickness of both mind and body is common and the strangest collection of creatures lives side-by-side. As alchemaster, Ghoolian is feared and hated by the inhabitants of the town that he rules. His experiments are horrible and often result in death or disfigurement.

    Little does this renowned expert realize what he will do to his own lifestyle when he attempts to create an elixir of immortality with the fat collected from a crat (the unfortunate Echo being his targeted crat).

    Echo and his friends will delight readers as they meander through the streets of this sick, strange little town. Their stories and plots evoke laughter, tears, and outright disbelief as Walter Moers weaves this outrageously dark tale of survival and friendship.

    This is Moers' fourth book set in Zamonia. Readers who enjoyed THE CITY OF DREAMING BOOKS (2008), RUMO: AND HIS MIRACULOUS ADVENTURES (2007), and THE 13 1/2 LIVES OF CAPTAIN BLUEBEAR (2006) will get a kick out of this fourth individual book about Moers' creative world.

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  • Posted December 2, 2009

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    Best Book Evar

    The charecters are the best part of the book, the emotions they coney are so true, its just amazing

    BUY THIS BOOK

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