Caldric Blackwell’s The Sacred Artifact, the second book in the middle grade fantasy Young Alchemist series, follows fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike and his teacher, Cornelius, on a journey to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact.
With the help of witty archer Audrey Clife, they trek across dangerous lands, compete in a cutthroat tournament, and reunite with old friends. Eventually, they arrive at the very place where alchemy started, hoping a wise, ancient alchemist named Quintus can shed light on the mysteries of the artifact.
The artifact proves to be more powerful than anticipated, and they soon discover it had a role in the origins of alchemy itself. But they aren’t the only ones seeking to uncover the artifact’s secrets. Can Craig, Audrey, and Cornelius unravel the mystery of the artifact before it falls into the wrong hands? It’s a race against time with the fate of alchemy at stake….
As a middle grade fantasy novel with a target audience of ages 10 to 14, The Sacred Artifact is perfect for young readers who like whimsical, action-packed stories filled with mystery, fantasy, and friendship.