Professor Sawhele Fielding stumbles across an invention that would change the world; something so monumental, it could spell the end of environmental disaster and conflict. With the help of her father, a shadowy figure in the world of international banking, she begins to set into motion the biggest upheaval the planet has seen.
But in a changed world, dark forces are threatening the fragile peace. Where modern technology is proving useless, old magic from a bygone era might just save the day. Adrian Oliver, expert in ancient religions is skeptical until faced with incontrovertible proof that ancient evil is abroad once again.
How could a Utopian dream of free fuel and peaceful co-existence turn into a nightmare?
Iamo, a priest of the Mother Goddess and Riga, a Black Shaman assassin captain, are thrown together - reluctantly at first - to face a threat that nobody could have imagined before "The Changes".
ALCHEMY is the prequel to Shaman's Drum which features the adventures of Iamo and Riga through their world in the near future, where the established religions of our own days had been banned.
Praise for Shaman's Drum:
"This book had me entranced from the moment I opened it" Cait O'Sullivan, author
"I like books which keep my attention, make me want to read more, and make me "feel" for the characters,
and this book did, so 5*!"
Gina Dickerson, novelist
"Engrossing and entertaining"
Nancy Jardine, author
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had already read and enjoyed Shaman's Drum but, like a lot of readers, was left wanting more - the world that was created was fascinating but its origins were only hinted at. Having a scientific background I wanted to know more about how life could have changed so radically. It was believable that magic users might have become common-place but still bought take-aways but I wanted to know how. Similarly, as Shaman's Drum concentrated only on Riga and Iamo, the main characters, during their adventure, I wanted to know more about them. Again, their past history was hinted at but never fully explained. I was, therefore, delighted when the prequel, Alchemy, was released. Here at last was all the information that we had been waiting for and there were no disappointments. From the scientific discovery that made The Changes possible, which was credible, to the people who had helped form the personalities of the two main characters, all was explained. While Shaman's Drum concentrated on Iamo and Riga, Alchemy brings in many other interesting, amusing, detestable, sometimes comical and sometimes frightening dramatis personnae. I found the formative years of both of them very moving and it explained very clearly how they had become the adults we met in Shaman's Drum. I do not think I need to say #spoileralert if I say that neither of them had an easy or conventional childhood. Having met the new characters in Alchemy and immediately re-read Shaman's Drum, I cannot wait to see if there will be a third book in the series and if any of their friends return. I, for one, will be disappointed if they don't. While Shaman's Drum is more fantasy and romance, Alchemy is firmly grounded in highly possible realities and will appeal more to the down to earth reader, although there are still plenty of magic-users and some fearsome demons in it.
This prequel provides the background leading up to Shamans Drum and describes the world in which the Trilogy is set. Does this mean it is boring? No! It is a fascinating world which is recognisable and the reader can easily relate to. It also details the lives of the characters who are involved, from their own and others perspectives. Does this mean that it is boring? No! The author has skillfully introduced the characters, from their own and others point of view, in some cases from their childhood by dispersing the information throughout the book. And what a cast of characters they are! From academics, novellists and ordinary people (all once born), through magic wielding pagans from a plethora of cults and beliefs, to mythical creatures ranging from elves to demons. This is a prequel on a grand scale and so interesting I didn't want it to stop. Shamans Drum is definitely my very next read!