Book Review: Rose of the Alchemist by L.E. Frost


Publishing Date: December 2017


ISBN: 9781981492800

Genre: Fantasy/YA

Rating: 2.7/5

Publisher’s Description: Orphaned as a child and raised by a brooding grandfather who can’t stand the sight of him, Xavier feels like a freak. Gifted, or cursed, with the visions and powers of his Jardi mother, and isolated on his grandfather’s estate, he thinks he’ll go mad.

***Some minor spoilers ahead****

Review: This was an entertaining read, however simplistic the story line.

Our reluctant hero, Xavier, is thrust into an adventure that quickly culminates into something he thinks is beyond his capabilities. There is a typical Kalifornian’s message not well hidden throughout the novel that drags the ol’ “Race” horse out for a trot as well as the homosexual aspects of the author’s personal belief system. Not a bad thing, as it was integral to the character development which was sorely lacking.

You kind of want to root for Xavier but his story is brief and never builds a bridge to the readers heart. His stay at University would have been a great way to develop a deeper aspect to his personality yet the usual tropes are in evidence like: bully-racists, a shallow debutante, a spoiled womanizer and Xavier’s gifts showcased in accelerated fashion, to name a few.

Xavier constantly has a wizard boner for anything with tits and a pony tail and finds himself sexually confused when he wrestles with a boy whom he has teamed up with.  Instances like this litter the pages and really does nothing but provide some instant justifications for his ongoing stupidity.

The novel is entertaining as it is a very creative world imbued with all manner of fantastical entities. It is also grounded in the mundane which balances out the story line. The sense of urgency falls a little flat due to Meri’s abduction and halts what was once entertaining movement.

Still, I had a good time and may continue on with the series.

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