The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole (Review)


The Eternity Elixir
(Potion Masters #1)
by Frank L. Cole
Middle Grade Urban Fantasy
Hardcover & ebook, 304 Pages
January 2nd 2018 by Shadow Mountain

Summary

Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser is one of the few people who knows the truth about the secret society of potion masters, because not only is Gordy’s mom on the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (B.R.E.W.), but she has also been training Gordy in the art of potion-making.

Gordy is a natural, and every day he sneaks down to the basement lab to invent new potions using exotic ingredients like fire ant eggs, porcupine quills, and Bosnian tickling juice.

One afternoon, Gordy receives a mysterious package containing an extremely rare potion known as “The Eternity Elixir.” In the right hands, the Elixir continues to protect society. But in the wrong hands, it could destroy the world as we know it.

Now, sinister potion masters are on the hunt to steal the Eternity Elixir. It’s up to Gordy, his parents, and his best friends, Max and Adeline, to prevent an all-out potion war.

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My Review

THE ETERNITY ELIXIR is a fun middle grade read full of interesting magic, danger, and a great group of characters. The mystery begins from the start and then truths are slowly revealed as the story progresses. The story has climatic moments that grown in intensity towards the intense ending. A fantastic start to this new series!

I really liked the mix of mystery, danger, magic, and the relationships in this story. Not everyone knows what is going on, but everyone has pieces of the puzzle and the story slowly puts those pieces together, keeping the mystery going. The danger starts more mildly, but then begins to grow as the tension and conflict does. I loved the idea of potion makers or Elixirists and how they throw ingredients together for different results! I would have loved a little more depth into all of that and more depth with some of the characters, like Gordy's aunt, but I also liked that the story wasn't super long, making it more ideal for the target audience. The other thing I loved about the story were the relationships, both between Gordy and his family, and also between him and his friends. They felt natural and made the story easy to relate to. The relationship also brought some good humor to the story. I'm hoping the characters will continue to develop as the series goes on.

In the end, was it what I wished for? This was quite enjoyable and I'm looking forward to find what comes next for Gordy and his band of friends and family. I know there is at least one villain who is already making plans...

Content: Some mild violence, but clean for the genre.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

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About the Author


Frank L. Cole has lived in such exotic places as the Philippines and Kentucky, and currently lives with his wife and three children out west. While he strived for years to earn his publishing credits, Frank considers sharing his message of “Exercising Your Imagination” to over 45,000 kids across the country as his greatest accomplishment. You can learn more about his writing at franklewiscole.blogspot.com.




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