After more than half a century, alchemist Malcolm Ward has yet to complete his magnum opus, the philosopher’s stone. Then a young man arrives on his doorstep with the power of the stone—the ability to transmute elements with a simple touch.
Taking Danny as his apprentice, Malcolm promises to teach the boy control of this newfound power. But others are interested in Danny’s ability, too. As shadowy government agents appear, allies in the metaphysical community warn Malcolm that magic users are being abducted.
On the run, Malcolm and Danny come face to face with an ancient darkness—one drawn to children with magical power. And Danny may be next on its list.
To stay ahead of their abductors and bind the darkness, Malcolm might need to learn a trick or two from his apprentice. Is it alchemy…or something else? In Salt City, there are no easy answers.
The Alchemist’s Stone is the second book in The Village Alchemist series. It is scheduled for a 2017 release, and it will be available on Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Kobo. It will also be available in paperback.
As Salt City’s only alchemist, Malcolm Ward has been minding his own business for the last ten years. His shop, The Village Alchemist, caters to mages, mystics, and magic wannabes—including Tommy DeLuce, the mayor’s son. But when a fire elemental kills Tommy, the city council demands that Mal investigate.
The trail from the fire elemental to Tommy isn’t exactly a straight line; it’s more like a circle. An elemental means alchemy, but everyone assumed Mal was the only alchemist in town. Now he’s taking it personally.
Malcolm’s alchemical mojo is a bit rusty, so he’ll need help from his friends in the metaphysical community to uncover the truth about Tommy’s death. And he needs to do it soon, before more customers go missing.