There has been a wonderful reception for Alchemy, the prequel to Shaman’s Drum. It has only been on the market for less than a week but here are two 5* reviews published on Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 stars Long-awaited prequel to Shaman’s Drum, February 4, 2014
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This review is from: Alchemy (Kindle Edition)
At last, we get the back-story to the characters and cultures in Shaman’s Drum! I loved Shaman’s Drum as a stand-alone book, and I love it more now, having read Alchemy.
You can find the info about the storyline elsewhere, so I’ll just say – read Alchemy, and then read Shaman’s Drum. If you’ve already read Shaman’s Drum, read Alchemy, and then read Shaman’s Drum again!
5.0 out of 5 stars A prequel on a grand scale and so interesting I didn’t want it to stop!, January 31, 2014
This review is from: Alchemy (Paperback)
This prequel provides the background leading up to Shamans Drum and describes the world in which the Trilogy is set.
Does this mean it is boring?
It is a fascinating world which is recognisable and the reader can easily relate to.
It also details the lives of the characters who are involved, from their own and others perspectives.
Does this mean that it is boring?
The author has skillfully introduced the characters, from their own and others point of view, in some cases from their childhood by dispersing the information throughout the book.
And what a cast of characters they are!
From academics, novelists and ordinary people (all once born), through magic wielding pagans from a plethora of cults and beliefs, to mythical creatures ranging from elves to demons.
This is a prequel on a grand scale and so interesting I didn’t want it to stop.
Shamans Drum is definitely my very next read!
Chris obviously went off and read Shaman’s Drum straight away because he then wrote…
5.0 out of 5 stars This sequel to ‘Alchemy’ is absolutely brilliant!, February 4, 2014
This review is from: Shaman’s Drum (Kindle Edition)
This sequel to ‘Alchemy’ is absolutely brilliant!
Imao and Riga are back in the thick of trouble, desperately trying to work out who is doing what and why, as well as trying to keep themselves protected from their enemies – whoever THEY are.
I found that the story quickly drew me in and the characters made me care about them in this strange religion-free, but not problem-free or ambition-free world the author has so cleverly created.
I’m ready for the next book in the series – NOW!
So there we have it! As I had hoped so much, Alchemy enriches the experience of Shaman’s Drum and as Jack suggests, if you’ve already read Shaman’s Drum, read Alchemy and then go back and read Shaman’s Drum again, because you will enjoy it even more the second time around, knowing the background.
Don’t forget that for a limited time the e-book versions are available at under £1 each – that makes the pair of them less than the price of a beer in most countries, they last longer and you will not get a hangover. Go for it!.
I’m just slightly daunted that readers are already clamoring for Number 3 in the series. It will come, folks. A few more reviews to convince me and give me some time and it will be out there. Thank you all so much for your support and encouragement.