The enchantment and mystery of Renaissance Elizabethan England, the threat of the Spanish Armada, and the quest of a young woman to save her father and her country serve as forces that drive this tale of natural magic, alchemy and scrying. Startlingly original, romantic and action oriented, The Alchemist’s Daughter will pull you from whatever you are supposed to be doing into Sidonie’s fortunes, and hold you there cover to cover. Marked by high adventure, and delicious language, Kernaghan’s use of real historical figures like Dr. John Dee, Lady Mary Herbert, Sir Philip Sidney and William Shakespeare, blended with original fictional characters are a powerful mix, while her impeccable research allows you to learn something of an age that has long held a spell over contemporary readers. The Alchemist’s Daughter is highly recommended for fantasy collections, and a must read for those who can see the future.
“An exciting story about an intelligent, spunky heroine whose task is to save England by “creating” gold at Elizabethan Glastonbury. Just the right amount of magic to balance the realistic details. This page-turner will keep young teenaged readers fascinated.”
— Welwyn Wilton Katz
Nominated for the 2005 Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize.
Nominated for the 2006 Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award.
Short-listed for the 2005 Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Award, the Aurora, for best long-form work in English.