*** BGS Gold Mark Awarded Book ***
Oric returns from an early-morning foraging expedition to find his home, Dunburton Manor, sacked by a band of marauders. Alchemist Deveril, Oric’s mentor and friend, lies fatally wounded. The old man thrusts a key into Oric’s hand, saying that it will unlock the secret to great wealth. Deveril also warns of terrible danger should the key fall into wrong hands.
Esica Figg, moneylender and arch villain is determined to steal the key – even if he has to kill Oric to get it. Oric escapes the burning manor and wanders the countryside until he stumbles upon Bayersby Manor, the ancestral home of Sir Edred and Lady Myferny. Together with his new friends, Ichthus the apothecary and kitchen maid, Dian, Oric experiences many adventures, some hilarious, some life-threatening. The trio is helped, but more often hindered by Sir Edred’s comical wolfhound Parzifal, and a donkey named Braccus.
The story culminates in a vicious battle when Esica Figg attempts to unseat Sir Edred.
But does Oric unravel the mystery of the Alchemist’s key?
A fantastic read, especially if you love YA adventure, which I do. I really enjoyed the setting and entire world the author created. It made following the characters on their adventures all the more fun and exciting.
The quick pace fit well with the excitement and surprised you encounter in the story. The characters were also well developed, and I found myself rooting for the heros and booing the main villain.
Highly recommend if you are on the market for a page turning YA adventure!