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Oric and the Alchemist's Key - - suitable for teens, young adults and adults (The Oric Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B01MDP4HLN
- Publisher : Lesley Wilson; 2 edition (19 October 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3405 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 766,745 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The earthy medieval setting, references to herbal medicaments and healing, the occasional pagan symbol and reference to old beliefs, captured my imagination. Adventures abound as Oric and his Apothecary Master, Ictheus, go about their daily life, collecting herbs, healing illness, dodging the odd bandit and discovering hidden treasures. Inadvertently, they are thrust into a search for truth, justice and the secret to the Alchemists Key, gathering friends and enemies as they go.
The characters are rich and varied; some honest and upstanding and some filthy, retched and disgusting.
Leslie Wilson has captured the idea of medieval life beautifully. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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The story follows Oric’s adventures as he learns new things, helps his new master, Ichtheus the apothecary, and makes new friends and enemies. The story is at times delightful and serious. I particularly enjoyed the efforts to control the boisterous hound that decides they’re his best friends! The story has a great cast of characters and some risible villains. A very enjoyable read.
An imaginative story that has been perfectly crafted for younger readers with non-stop action, humour and short chapters. The central character, Oric is so likeable. He's not perfect and can be a little cheeky but he is honest, loyal and brave. Just before he dies, his old mentor hands him a key telling him it leads to untold wealth but could also lead to devastation if it fell into the wrong hands. So starts Oric's adventures.
Along the way Oric encounters new friends and enemies as he starts his apprentiship with the Apothecary, Ichtheus. There is plenty of humour of the book, often at the expense of poor Ichtheus and his donkey and the spates he has with the housekeeper and would-be herbalist, Mother Morghan. The visual imagery of his many mishaps is particularly good throughout the story. The distinction between the good guys and the bad guys led by the evil Esica Figg is very clear cut, appropriate to the target audience, making it easy to cheer for Oric and boo his adversaries.
A great start to a promising series.
The language used is excellent, the scene setting is also good. The style easy to follow, absolutely essential if the intent is to draw in the younger reader. Definitely worthy of a 5* rating.