Seraphina has been alive since the 1300’s, made immortal when the boy she was beginning to love back then, Cyrus, saved her from death with a strange liquid – a method of alchemy that lets them swap bodies with any human being. But now, in modern day America, Sera has decided that she can no longer bear the weight of stealing people’s lives so she can keep living on. So she decides to run away from Cyrus and end her stolen existence once and for all. Her plan goes awry when she accidentally takes the body of a dying teenager and feels forced to take over her life. When the lines between Sera and Kailey’s identity begin to blur, Sera finds a reason to desire to live once more. But she can’t shake the guilt of having taken Kailey’s life, even if she was dying. And what if Cyrus finds her?
Re-incarnation has been a loved theme in the young adult fiction these days. The Alchemy of Forever is one of those beautiful stories. Seraphina’s life has been saved once but she’s been paying for her new life with other peoples lives ever since. She’s been steeling young girls bodies and using them for her own, but her unforgivable deeds have caught up to her and her conscience won’t allow her to kill another innocent young girl.
Cyrus created the alchemy that gave him the ability to live forever, but the price of forever was many bodies used and left behind. Cyrus’s love for Seraphina was the reason he saved her life initially, but his love over the centuries has grown into an obsession. Seraphine feels suffocated by him and her guilt keeps growing.
This novel follows Seraphina and how she becomes immortal. We learn about the process of staying alive and how an immortal can eventually die. Avery Williams slowly deveoped her story around the concept of re-incarnation. The characters are diverse but two are most memorable, Cyrus and Seraphina.
Avery Williams addresses indirectly the importance of staying alive and taking advantage of second chances in her novel. Giving up is never a solution. She fills teens with hope. Even though this novel is a paranormal fiction, readers will appreciate the hidden messages in this book.
Cyrus’s character is enigmatic. He is the pure definition of evil. Avery makes sure to let us know how Cyrus used to be when he was in his god given body, but as the story progresses we see the effects of the alchemy on his personality and how it has emphasized his obsession with Sera. He is possessive towards her, choosing her next body to live in, what to wear, and how to be.
This book will keep you on your toes, wanting to learn if Sera’s plan to escape Cyrus succeeds. It’s a short sweet read. Excellent for road trips and weekdays.
Let us know what you thought of this novel if you’ve read it, and what do you think will happen in book 2 – The Impossibility of Tomorrow.