My son who is in the eight grade just finished this book and was not crazy about it.
I liked this book enough to hope to read the second book in the series, but it wasn't really spectacular or anything. It did keep me interested through out, and curious about some of the historical information it contains, wanting to learn more about alchemy. I did find some of the subject matter to perhaps be a bit heavy for the intended audience - the debate of whether one can practice something considered occult and at the same time be Christian, the idea of 'playing god' and creating a being from dead matter, Beelzebub, etc. Overall, it was pretty intriguing to read.
Factually interesting; awaiting the sequel!
Didn't really enjoy this book. Thought I would but I had a hard time sticking with it. Can't really put a finger on what it was. Maybe it was a little bit of everything. There was nothing there to pull me to the characters at all. The writing sometimes seemed like the book should be steered toward a younger audience and then would shift like it should be for an older kid audience. I couldn't figure out if I was reading a kid's book or a young adult book. The premise of the story is what got me started in the first place and what kept me going. It never really seemed to come together. I won't be reading the rest in the series.