Friday, February 16, 2018

FANTASTIC FRIDAY: The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole


ABOUT THE BOOK

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, ti 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.

REVIEW

Gordy Stitser's grown up knowing he has a gift for making potions.  And to his benefit, his mother has the skills and authority to teach him how to harness those abilities.  Gordy loves spending time in his mother's basement lab creating potions of his own.  But things take a bad turn when Gordy discovers what his mother really does on all her trips.  She works for the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide (BREW) enforcing policies and rules among elixirists.  But when Gordy's Aunt Priss sends a special package with the Eternity Elixir to Gordy's home when his mother's gone, his stable world explodes into chaos.  Gordy and his friends Max and Adilene struggle to keep the enemy at bay, but the elixirist they are up against is far more powerful than they could imagine and time is not on their side.

Cole has created a series opener that is very appealing with likable characters, an interesting world premise, and plenty of action.  The humor keeps the book from getting too scary.  The wide variety of invented potions makes for a fresh new take on the 'chosen one' story.  Plus, Gordy isn't on his own.  It was refreshing to have his parents and other adults around to help him in his efforts.  Too many fantasy books have either no parents or bad ones.  This is a delightful new series that I look forward to continuing to read.


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