Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse by D. D. Everest

Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse

Written by D. D. Everest

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In a Nutshell: magic dragons alchemy

Archie Green is a book whisperer and just about to start as an apprentice at the Museum of Magical Miscellany hidden beneath the Bodleian Library in Oxford. For a certain reader – indeed a large percentage in all likelihood – that line is enough to make them settle back happily in the knowledge that the book will offer magic, trials, magical creatures, and a wealth of secrets waiting to be discovered; everything in fact, that you want from a good story. And they will be right, there’s all that and more. D D Everest creates a truly satisfying other world and in Archie a hero that children will identify with and want to be. There is a great deal to enjoy in this classic fantasy adventure. ~ Andrea Reece

This is definitely a book to recommend to fans of Harry Potter, while those who want more in this vein will also enjoy Abi Elphinstone’s Dream Snatcher series and Philip Womack’s Darkening Path books which also weave spells around readers.

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this title, Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret

  • Alice East, age 9 - 'This was an amazing book about a boy who has just turned 12.  One day he receives a book in the post with a set of special instructions.' Read full review >
  • Matilda Greenacre, age 8 - 'A book about magical flying books!' Read full review >
  • William Longlands, age 10 - 'It kept me guessing and I wanted to keep reading it 10/10.'Read full review >
  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'A book full of potions, magic spells, enchanted bookshelves, action and adventure.  I couldn't put it down. One of the best books I have read recently. Fantastic!' Read full review >
  • Jake Norton, age 10 - 'I wouldn't be surprised if Archie's adventures make it onto the big screen. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'A fantastic, fantasy adventure set in an amazing magical world. I can’t wait to discover more of it!' Read full review >
  • Isobel Jeffries, age 8 - 'I live in Oxford and I wish that I could visit the Museum of Magical Miscellany. I hope that this is the start of a series of books as I would like to read more about Archie Greene and his cousins.' Read full review >
  • Evie Gardner, age 10 - 'This book sent tingles of excitement and wonder down my spine. It was intense and thrilling...I couldn't stop reading! One of the best books I have ever read.' Read full review >
  • Alina Wraith, age 9 - 'Archie Green and the Magician’s Secret is a great book. It reminds me of Harry Potter.' Read full review >
  • Ethan Douglas, age 9 - 'This is a book about a boy called Archie Greene who is the first book whisperer (someone who speaks to books) in 400 years. I enjoyed this book, it is exciting.' Read full review >
  • Evie Young, age 9 - 'A magical story full of magical creatures, mysteries and adventures. I loved it!' Read full review >
  • Lucy Bridges, age 8 - 'I think this book is just about suitable for my age and Archie is not expecting a mysterious package that turns up on his front door.' Read full review >
  • James Harrison, age 11 - 'This book is so so so like Harry Potter it is therefore Amazing!' Read full review >


Archie Greene and the Alchemist's Curse by D. D. Everest

Archie's cousin, Thistle, is about to start his apprenticeship at the Museum of Magical Miscellany. But when it comes to his initiation, the firemark that burns into Thistle's hand is a strange one, and Archie and Bramble are given it too. The Golden Circle is the mark of an ancient alchemist's club and when Archie and his cousins learn about a curse that threatens their beloved museum, they have no choice but to start their own alchemist's club, and face the darkest kind of magic. Welcome to a wonderful, magical world where bookshelves are enchanted, librarians are sorcerers and spells come to life.

About the Author

D. D. Everest

D. D. Everest is a successful business journalist and author who has written a number of adult non-fiction books. Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret is his first book for children. Des lives with his family in a rambling Victorian house on the Ashdown Forest.

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352 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Faber Children's Books an imprint of Faber & Faber

Publication date

2nd June 2016




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