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La llave del alquimista by Cristina Brambrilla

By Cristina Brambrilla

No todo el mundo se levanta una mañana y descubre que su padre no es un químico adicto al trabajo, sino un mago alquimista. Que a sus órdenes trabaja una gárgola gruñona con garras afiladas que no es lo que parece. Que l. a. ciudad a los angeles que se acaba de mudar, Venecia, es en realidad un gigantesco laberinto de agua y niebla donde se esconde l. a. llave más poderosa de l. a. historia de los angeles magia, aquella que desde hace siglos buscan todos los grandes magos del mundo. Con esta emocionante historia Cristina Brambilla logra que nos preguntemos qué hay detrás de lo que vemos y quiénes son realmente aquellos que nos rodean.

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La llave del alquimista

No todo el mundo se levanta una mañana y descubre que su padre no es un químico adicto al trabajo, sino un mago alquimista. Que a sus órdenes trabaja una gárgola gruñona con garras afiladas que no es lo que parece. Que l. a. ciudad a los angeles que se acaba de mudar, Venecia, es en realidad un gigantesco laberinto de agua y niebla donde se esconde l. a. llave más poderosa de los angeles historia de l. a. magia, aquella que desde hace siglos buscan todos los grandes magos del mundo.

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