In "The Sacred Artifact," fourteen-year-old alchemy student Craig Pike and his teacher, Cornelius, journey to the birthplace of alchemy to uncover the secrets of a mysterious artifact. They decide to seek the help of an ancient alchemist named Quintus, hoping he can provide insight on the powerful relic. With the aid of a quirky archer, Audrey Clife, they trek across dangerous lands, compete in a cutthroat tournament, and reunite with old friends.
Caldric Blackwell realized he loved reading when he read about a bunch of people (with single-syllable names) and their pets (also with single-syllable names) in kindergarten. Exposure to a host of great authors during his college years inspired him to begin writing. He currently resides in central California, where he gardens, plays a variety of string instruments, and works on his next middle grade fantasy novel.