Ever wondered what it would be like to fly across the sky as a bird? Or perhaps you've imagined yourself as a secret agent, tracking bad guys like James Bond? Maybe stories of magic potions or alchemists make you curious? Well, if any of those sound like the basis for an exciting adventure, try mixing them all together!
In this exciting conclusion to The Apothecary series, all the story lines from the first two books are wrapped up and come to a close. Locations range from Ann Arbor, to Rome, and several spots in China as Janie, Benjamin, and their friends try to track down stolen uranium and a missing nuclear device, establish contact with Benjamin's father, and avoid trouble with the mob. Returning characters include Jin Lo, Count Vili, Pip, Danby, and Mr. Burrows. There are betrayals, arrests, a hit & run, pirates, and a high school dance - which all sounds like some fantastic plot that Janie's parents have written into a movie script. Unfortunately for our heroes, it is all too real and too dangerous.
Readers who enjoy the high-stakes action in books like The 39 Clues will be pleased with the suspense and tension in The Apothecary. Whether it is the fear of being forced to help mobsters, worrying over a nuclear strike in China, or trying to find stolen uranium before it falls into the hands of North Korean extremists, it is all life and death decisions for two high school kids to deal with. And since the Pharmacopoeia that has been in Benjamin's family has recipes for concoctions that can help develop ESP, allow contact with ghosts, and cause transformations, there is plenty of a magical/fantasy element to capture the imagination, too.
Whether you like historical fiction, fantasies, stories where kids are saving the world (and most of the adults are clueless), or perhaps even a hint of romance - there is something for everyone in The Apothecary and you will be sad that it is ending.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.