There’s a difference between a cat and a crat, such a difference it will leave you wondering which one your feline friend is.
Echo is a crat down on his luck – forced to live on the streets in an unkind neighborhood after his adoring mistress passes away. He’s at the end, starved and beaten with no hope of survival… that is until he makes a deal with the town’s Alchemaster: thirty days of living in gastronomical luxury in exchange for his life. It’s a deal he is desperately willing to make until he realizes maybe he wants to live after all.
By complete happenstance, I saw on Amazon that a new arrival was soon coming – The Alchemaster’s Apprentice. I pre-ordered it so fast I’m not sure my wallet knew what was happening…. and then I waited. It felt like forever, but the hardcover finally graced my door step and the reading commenced. This was all the way back in 2009 and I can honestly say I’ve read this book probably three or four more times since then.
That’s the beauty of Moers’ work. Their readability. The stories never get old. Even when you already know what is coming the beauty of his rule breaking with fonts, layout, and design (not to mention his artwork) is worthy of appreciation each time you flip the page. As a writer, I’m inspired… and envious.
Though these books fall under fantasy, it is directed toward an adult audience. For those of you who love young adult fiction for the imaginative characters and storylines, but whom are looking for something a little more grown up, I highly recommend any of Moers’ books, The Alchemaster’s Apprentice is no exception.