Kid’s Book Review: Infinity Alchemist

Kid’s Book Review: Infinity Alchemist

About the Book and Author

Ash Woods isn’t supposed to perform alchemy – he’ll be arrested if anyone ever finds out. But when he’s caught by the condescending Ramsay Thorne, instead of handing him over to the reds, Ramsay surprises Ash by making him an offer: Ramsay will keep Ash’s secret if he helps her find the legendary Book of Source, a sacred text that gives its reader extraordinary power.

As Ash and Ramsay work together and their feelings for each other grow, Ash discovers their mission is more dangerous than he imagined, pitting them against influential and powerful alchemists – Ash’s estranged father included. Ash’s journey takes him through the cities and wilds across New Anglia, forcing him to discover his own definition of true power and how far he and other alchemists will go to seize it.

Kacen Callender author

Kacen Callender is a bestselling and award-winning author of multiple novels for children, teens, and adults, including the National Book Award-winning King and the Dragonflies and the bestselling novel Felix Ever After.

Book Review

My favourite character was Gresham Hain, as his twisted morals were interesting to follow

This book is set in a fantasy world where certain groups of people practise an ancient magic known as alchemy. However, only certain people can use this powerful tool and those without proper qualifications are legally barred from doing so. However, the groundskeeper at a university of alchemy named Ashen Woods has been practising it in secret. But when he meets Ramsay Thorne, someone who wants him to help find the legendary book of source, he is able to put his magic skills to the test, as he grows a closer connection with Ramsay.

My favourite character was Gresham Hain, as his twisted morals were interesting to follow. He makes for a good villain. His character has many sides, and he was an amazing character to read.

I would say this book is for ages 15+ but it would depend on the person because it contains some sexual content and some strong language. There is some violence, but no gore. There is lots of diversity in this book, which would appeal to lots of people and until recently there haven’t been that many non-heterosexual relationships in YA novels. There are some parts that I think are for older readers though, such as chest binding, which some younger YA readers might be confused by and lots of relationships stuff, some of which was a bit hard to follow.

This book has lots of LGBT+ character representation. Fans of Heartstopper might also like it. I haven’t read many novels like this before but I am a big fan of fantasy fiction and if you are a fan of high fantasy novel series but want to read something with an added twist then this is definitely a great book to read.

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Reviewer Profile

Ivan
  • Name: Ivan
  • Age: 13 years
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