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.
In a nutshell: another fast-paced story, and thrilling conclusion to a magical series Archie Greene, apprentice at the world’s most magical museum and descendant of the Flame Keepers of Alexandria is back, in the third and final book in this popular series. In this adventure he and his fellow Alchemists’ Club members, Bramble and Thistle, have a particularly dangerous challenge: the Dark Flame is rising and stopping it means contact with Archie’s enemy, Fabian Grey. Once again, this is a satisfying mix of magic, challenges and friendship, and there are lots of secrets waiting to be discovered. If you’re new to the series, there’s just enough information to fill you in on the background, but better – and a treat – to start at the beginning and work through to the end. ~ 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 Dreamsnatcher series, or Philip Womack’s Darkening Path trilogy.
September 2014 Debut of the Month An unexpected present, a very old book with unusual powers and a twelve-year-old with an inquisitive mind are at the heart of this exciting adventure. When Archie Greene is given a dusty old book and an instruction to visit an obscure bookshop in Oxford he soon finds he has been chosen as the apprentice to a book binder in the Museum of Magical Miscellany. Here Archie finds enchanted bookshelves, spell-weaving librarians and, above all, his own powers as a book whisperer. But there are also evil forces at work and Archie needs all his skills – human and magical – to get everyone out of trouble.
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