A quick cross-posted review from my Tumblr.
In this sequel to "Doctor Illuminatus," siblings Pip and Tim once again come to the aid of Sebastian--a medieval alchemist's son who has awakened from a centuries-long slumber--when Sebastian faces a terrifying evil. [source]
Soul Stealer is the second installment of Martin Booth’s The Alchemist Son series. It accounts the adventures of Pip and Tim together with Sebastian, a 15th century-born whose father is a notable alchemist, as they try to stop the people that targets to use alchemy with evil intent following their summer quest in Doctor Illuminatus, the 1st installment of the series.
Since it’s been years now since I last read Doctor Illuminatus, I can’t really remember the notable features of the story plot besides the fact that they (Pip and Tim) befriended a 15th century-boy who was sleeping (literally) all along in a secret chamber in their newly bought house and how they defended themselves against Malodor, an alchemist who is in pursuit of perfecting the art of creating a homonculus. But what I can clearly remember was how fun it is to read the last book. And this feature isn't absent in this sequel at all. All the facts are carefully researched, the exhibition of wittiness and cleverness of the characters at the same time were really entertaining, and the action was not that fast-paced but pretty good. I always find it really fascinating how the three main characters think very fast when trapped in an inescapable circumstance.
This book as well as its prequel (Doctor Illuminatus) kinda reminded of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Micheal Scott that I’ve read last year. The same elements as with almost all of the alchemy-related books that I’ve read so far. But still, this is a good book if you want to spend you free time reading one. Very light, but full of thrills. 3 stars.
It's supposed to be part of a trilogy but Booth died of cancer before he even finish the third book. It's a shame the last installment won't ever see the light of the day and we won't know the ending of this tale. It's a real bummer really, but I hope some author picks up the story and finish it at least. #wishfulthinking