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The Alchemists Academy Book 1: Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow
What do you learn here…at the Academy? Wirt asks. Magic? The responsibility to use your powers responsibly? Uh…something like that, his roommate Spencer said. More like how to rule worlds. Wirt is used to being shuffled from foster home to foster home, adopting a devil-may-care attitude toward the world along the way. Now he s in a school he can’t escape, learning to develop his latent magical abilities, for what use, he doesn’t know…to save his world or to destroy it…
A new student has entered The Alchemists Academy, bringing with him an explosive power that threatens the Academy and the legend of Merlin. Wirt thought he was the only bad boy at the Academy, but he was wrong. Not only is Roland Black worse, but a new teacher plans more for Wirt and his friends than just lessons. Alana, his crush has grown prettier, and now he is rivals for her attention with not only his best friend Spencer, but newcomer Roland. On top of that, in their second year all the students must pass a test to move on to the Elite Class at the Academy. The Elite Class is the only class in the third year at the Academy, and the students who fail will be sent home, others will face something even deadlier.
Author Kailin Gow
Kailin Gow is the award-winning, international bestselling author of over 80 distinct books.
Kailin Gow is also the President of a media company, a media personality, and has been writing full-time since she was first published. Holding a Masters in communications management and leadership positions in Fortune 500 corporations, she puts her leadership abilities, her experience, and desire to help others into her fiction books. As a result, she has written the forthcoming, Finding the Heroine in You book which is also a national tour. She is a mother and spends whatever spare time she has volunteering at the Red Cross, Battered Women’s Shelters, and other organizations.
Currently her Frost Series is in development for a major international MMO Game, and she has over 14,000 and growing Frosters on her facebook fan page.
Now for my review of book one in Alchemists Academy:
Stones to Ashes by Kailin Gow
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Very interesting wizard academy story partly because it didn’t follow the Harry Potter route. What if evil wizards controlled the school located somewhere far away from Earth, and the main character doesn’t know how he got there, let alone how to get back home? That’s where young Wirt finds himself. With a chip on his shoulder from being bounced around between foster homes, he might not have the social skills necessary to survive his first interview. If he does, will his budding power help him live long enough to learn to make friends and allies to solve the big mystery threatening to close the school? One thing’s certain: if the school closes, he’ll never learn how to return to Earth.
I have to say I loved the school setting and the mode of transportation. I liked the pacing, the interesting plot, and the characters’ interplay as Wirt tried to adjust to such a foreign environment. The biggest drawback was poor editing, not just typos but misused words, grammar and tense problems. I’m rounding up from 3 1/2 stars because of the well rounded and interesting characters, not all black and white in the moral sense. Unlike in many books for teens, the adults here have lives and loves of their own that contribute to the mystery. I’ll be interested to see if future books in the series continue the character development and world building as well.
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