The Alchemist

The Alchemist

by Donna Boyd
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The Alchemist by Donna Boyd

In a sweeping epic of dazzling magic, soaring suspense, and dark longing, three immortal souls are united by fate and a fearless ambition that will change the course of history–even as it destroys their own way of life. . . .

On an upper floor of a plush, high-security building on Central Park West, an elegant man sits in the office of Dr. Anne Kramer, confessing to the heinous murder that has horrified the modern world. Randolf Sontime is renowned for his personal charm, and Dr. Kramer is fighting to keep from falling victim to it. For the first time in her life, she truly understands the meaning of the word “charisma.” Not knowing that her own destiny is irrevocably tied to his, Anne Kramer listens to the story of Sontime’s life.

“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 lived in privilege. There the chosen were trained in the science of alchemy–magic, philosophy, miracles. Only two other initiates were as skilled as he: Akan, quiet and studious, a boy whose thirst for knowledge was matched only by his hunger for truth; and Nefar, beautiful and brilliant, a girl as filled with wonder and unfathomable ambition as Han himself. Together they discovered that in union, theirs was a power unmatched in the physical world.

But even in the House of Ra, there were boundaries to be observed, knowledge that only the masters understood and feared. As the threesome’s thirst for answers–and for each other–deepened, they were tempted by the dark arts that they had sworn to avoid. “Look at three magnificent youths who stand astride your world and scoff at the rules you must obey. . . . Look at us, and call us gods.” Their power was palpable, their desire total–until the fateful moment when their alliance was forever damned, their gifts horribly corrupted.

A seductive work that seethes with mystery and passion, The Alchemist hurtles readers back through time to an era when magic was sacred and the workings of the world lay in the hands of a few gifted, but tortured souls. In a stunning feat of unbridled imagination, Donna Boyd has created her most hypnotic novel to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345462367
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 393,925
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Donna Boyd lives in a restored turn-of-the-century barn in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she is now working on her next novel.

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Alchemist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is very interesting book. From the begining i was hooked and read it in 2 days (its a bit short, but its written very well so its exactly the right length). Many parts in this book are very surprising and amazing. It has small sexual twists sometimes (which i liked very much :D), and sometimes it becomes a bit gorish (ie: Blood Rituals) which i liked also ;). The 3 main chracters (in a total of 5) remind me a bit blood elves for their thirst for magic. After you read the book, it leaves you with much thinking about the purpose of being in this world. i also got this book for 6$ bargain, for this quality hardcover you cant go wrong :). Very Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best books in a long time i have read. Plot is the best and the ending you will never quess. I have never read another book by the author but i will now. A must read for yourself
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, but having been a fan of Donna Boyd's other books I thought I'd give it a try. To my surprise I was sucked into this book completely and found it very hard to put down. As others have said it is a little bit on the short side, but I didn't feel there was anything lacking- I just wanted more. I love Ms. Boyd's writing style and the historical background is well done and leaves you with a feel for the world of the characters. The character development is fantastic. I am anxiously awaiting for the next book. And you can bet that I will read whatever title Donna Boyd produces next. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must admit I have never read anything by Donna Boyd, but I will certainly give 'The Promise,' and 'The Passion,' a read. The 'Alchemist,' is a great book, one of the best I've read in quite a while. It's a well written, completely absorbing tale that is hard to put down. The pacing is excellent, but I wish it was about 200 pages longer. A nice change from the murder mysteries. Thanks Ms. Boyd!
harstan More than 1 year ago
While visiting Central Park West psychiatrist Dr. Anne Kramer, Randolph Sontime makes incredible claims. He informs her that he is the assassin that used magic to kill someone in Geneva while he gave a speech to five hundred people in New York. He also alleges that he has lived since the dawning of civilization in Egypt using various names like Rasputin and Merlin. Randolph further explains that he is tired and desires the ultimate end so must tell his story to someone choosing her because he will be her latest ¿trophy¿, but actually keeps a secret from her that ties the duo together.

He starts at the beginning as Han a child prodigy in Ancient Egypt studying alchemy along with two other brilliant students, Akan and Nefar. The trio shares a talent so superior to their peers and most of their teachers. They begin to go way beyond that of their schooling looking into the dark forbidden side of magic until Akan and Han also compete for the love of Nefar. Each of them loses sight of the philosophical balance that underscores their science.

THE ALCHEMIST is a deep magical tale in which the charismatic Randolph charms the audience with his narrative from the beginning to the end. The novel reads quickly and fans will do so in one sitting. The story line belongs to the male lead character even though Anne acts as a strong counterpoint and anchor. Donna Boyd writes a triumphant tale that entertains readers who will want more from this magical author.

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Makes me wish i were immortal and had powers
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I am sorry that I wasted my time to read this book. I kept looking for the 'mystery' that was promised. The writer simply wrote sentence after sentence, and at the end there was nothing. I am still asking what was this story about? What did we learn from this? Sorry, I just did not like it at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really loved Donna Boyd's previous werewolf series and was surprised that she had written something so different. I really loved this story. I enjoyed the Ancient Egyptian descriptions.The only complaint I would have is that the book is very short and I found I was already almost finished with the book when I was really into the story. I am happy though that it seems like this book is only the first in a series and look forward to the next chapter in this story.