The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise

The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise

by Margaret Chiavetta

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BN ID: 2940151165495
Publisher: Margaret R. Chiavetta
Publication date: 11/06/2015
Series: The Alchemist's Theorem , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 218
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Margaret Chiavetta graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2005 with her BA degree in anthropology. Afterward, she moved to Puerto Rico for a year where she spent the hot humid days following around free-range rhesus macaque monkeys. When the study finished, she went from one monkey job to the next, moving up and down the east coast for several years. Then she attempted a primatology graduate program in London, England, but soon developed an allergy to academia. Margaret dropped out and returned to the US and eventually went on to get her MFA in creative writing, graduating from the University of Washington Bothell in 2014. She lives in Seattle.

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The Alchemist's Theorem: Sir Duffy's Promise 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
EllieFirestone More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book. The magical land of Terra Copia is an absorbing and wonderful place to visit! I really liked the descriptions of all the strange plants and animals, such as the talking rabbits, the shapeshifting cappamorph, and the deadly pixies. The characters themselves are intriguing. I especially liked how Mendel, the apparently autistic main character, has the amazing ability to remember just about anything by writing his experiences and lessons as symbols in the air. This turns his supposed disability into a valuable asset, and I think it's a great thing to portray it in this way. The heroes' travelling companions are also some of the best bits of this book. Gooder the carnivorous horse provided some great comic relief, and Esther the gusselsnuff was just generally adorable. The reasons why I didn't rate this book the full five stars are twofold. First of all, I felt like sometimes the book's pacing dragged a little. Secondly, some of the paragraphs should have really been split into smaller sections, instead of being left as a big block of text. Besides being grammatically incorrect, long paragraphs could serve to intimidate a less seasoned reader. Overall, I found this book imaginative, engaging, and fun. I think children from about the age of eleven will really enjoy it, especially if they are animal lovers.