web site hit counter The Eternity Elixir - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

The Eternity Elixir

Availability: Ready to download

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 exoti 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.


Compare

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 exoti 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.

30 review for The Eternity Elixir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    Cole has a great way of bringing a normal human being into a magical world and making it seem completely normal. Gordy is from a family of potion elixirists and has a natural talent for it. Although he's young, he's completely capable of fighting villains and doing what he can to protect his family and this secret world. When an eternity elixir falls into his hands, he and his father and two best friends fight long and hard and at times, Gordy doesn't even know what or who he is going up against Cole has a great way of bringing a normal human being into a magical world and making it seem completely normal. Gordy is from a family of potion elixirists and has a natural talent for it. Although he's young, he's completely capable of fighting villains and doing what he can to protect his family and this secret world. When an eternity elixir falls into his hands, he and his father and two best friends fight long and hard and at times, Gordy doesn't even know what or who he is going up against. There are still some mysteries left open and I'm curious to continue on with the series to discover the secrets along the way. There are many fascinating and intriguing characters within these pages and it's not always apparent who is good and who isn't, but it's sure a fun adventure discovering this magical world and what role each character plays. It's a fun and entertaining story. Content: mild violence *I received a copy and voluntarily read and reviewed this book, which had no influence on my thoughts and opinions*

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lisa (Bookworm Lisa)

    This book is perfect for a young reader. The main character is a 12 year old boy who gets to be the hero. He has amazing abilities at making potions and saving the day. Fortunately, he gets a lot of action from point "A" to point "B". He also has two sidekick friends that add a great aspect to the book. One is too curious and causes a little bit of chaos and humor. The book is well written and flows well. I love the writing style and as I stated above, it's great for children. For most children, This book is perfect for a young reader. The main character is a 12 year old boy who gets to be the hero. He has amazing abilities at making potions and saving the day. Fortunately, he gets a lot of action from point "A" to point "B". He also has two sidekick friends that add a great aspect to the book. One is too curious and causes a little bit of chaos and humor. The book is well written and flows well. I love the writing style and as I stated above, it's great for children. For most children, it will keep their interest and want them to turn the pages. I plan on having my reluctant teen read this for a book report coming up soon. He may just finish this one! Source: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    Frank L. Cole has crafted a fun fast-paced new middle grade fantasy story that children will absolutely not want to miss or even put down for that matter. It is filled with fun characters and exciting plot twists and turns throughout the story that will keep readers guessing what will happen next. There is plenty of adventure that all middle grade readers, both boys and girls, will thoroughly enjoy. Cole easily hooks readers from page one as they dive in and don’t want to put the book down until Frank L. Cole has crafted a fun fast-paced new middle grade fantasy story that children will absolutely not want to miss or even put down for that matter. It is filled with fun characters and exciting plot twists and turns throughout the story that will keep readers guessing what will happen next. There is plenty of adventure that all middle grade readers, both boys and girls, will thoroughly enjoy. Cole easily hooks readers from page one as they dive in and don’t want to put the book down until the last page is turned. Young readers will definitely want to get their hands on this exciting fantasy adventure novel! Series: Potion Masters Genre: childrens, fantasy, middle grade Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publication date: January 2, 2018 Number of pages: 304 A review copy of this book was provided by the Shadow Mountain. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    So I am still reading this book at the moment as as I write this review I know I will be finishing it tonight, if not tomorrow morning. I wasn't feeling all that well and wasn't able to finish but I promised a post and I will update it when I am done. I want to start out saying this is going to be a great start to a fun series. I honestly LOVE Gordy. He is such a fun character and the world he lives in is so much fun. Well it's actually our world but he can make potions. How awesome is that? I wa So I am still reading this book at the moment as as I write this review I know I will be finishing it tonight, if not tomorrow morning. I wasn't feeling all that well and wasn't able to finish but I promised a post and I will update it when I am done. I want to start out saying this is going to be a great start to a fun series. I honestly LOVE Gordy. He is such a fun character and the world he lives in is so much fun. Well it's actually our world but he can make potions. How awesome is that? I want to make potions. The beginning of the book had me laughing at a potion that didn't turn out so good. It was really funny and the mom's reaction was great. I also love that Gordy is super smart and it doesn't take him very long to figure things out. The only issue I am having is with the secondary characters, like his siblings and friends. They don't seem like they add anything to the story however, I am not done yet so that might actually change but at this point I sort of don't think they advance the story any. There are some secondary characters that I like and do add substance especially Mezzarix, he might be evil but I sort of like him. Overall, I am enjoy thing this book so far and really think this will be a great series, I am not even finished and I already am looking forward to the next adventure. Totally recommend for all ages, this is a fun series, I can't wait to read more of. Thanks for stopping by to check out my review. Have a great day and Happy Reading! This review was originally posted on Because reading is better than real life

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    I knew I would love this book and I did. I have enjoyed every book I read from this author. Frank's writing is very clever and extremely creative and he has proved time and again how talented he is, especially with this book. I can tell by his writing that he has a fantastic sense of humor. I loved the plot of this book and the characters were awesome. The potions and terms used were inventive and highly imaginative. There are many enjoyable twists and turns and fun little seeds of hints that ar I knew I would love this book and I did. I have enjoyed every book I read from this author. Frank's writing is very clever and extremely creative and he has proved time and again how talented he is, especially with this book. I can tell by his writing that he has a fantastic sense of humor. I loved the plot of this book and the characters were awesome. The potions and terms used were inventive and highly imaginative. There are many enjoyable twists and turns and fun little seeds of hints that are planted throughout that lead to a great adventure. I loved Gordy. I love smart, creative kids and he definitely fits that bill. All of the characters are so fun and very well written. 5 out of 5 stars. I can not wait for the next book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ms. B

    Young fantasy fans will enjoy this story about Gordy, a talented young elixarist and his best friends Max and Abilene. When Gordy's Aunt Priss get s mixed-up with an evil plot, can Gordy with the help of his nonmagical friends save Aunt Priss, his Mom and the fate of the world? There are lots of fantasy series and stories with magic out there for young readers. What makes this one different is that its about the magic of potions. Give this one to those who can't get enough of the magical potions Young fantasy fans will enjoy this story about Gordy, a talented young elixarist and his best friends Max and Abilene. When Gordy's Aunt Priss get s mixed-up with an evil plot, can Gordy with the help of his nonmagical friends save Aunt Priss, his Mom and the fate of the world? There are lots of fantasy series and stories with magic out there for young readers. What makes this one different is that its about the magic of potions. Give this one to those who can't get enough of the magical potions in Harry Potter. Gordy would be Snape's ideal student.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Divya

    This is a great book, even though it hasn't been published, and it could be edited. This is a great book, even though it hasn't been published, and it could be edited.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC from Edelweiss Plus An interesting twist on fantasy books, with some fun, gross magic gone awry. I just don't have the readers for it. E ARC from Edelweiss Plus An interesting twist on fantasy books, with some fun, gross magic gone awry. I just don't have the readers for it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica | Booked J

    Blog | Twitter | Instagram | (4.5) A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my thoughts in any way. You may also find this review here on Booked J. A truly fun middle grade read and the perfect start to a brand new trilogy. The Eternity Elixir is for more than just its target audience--it's fun for all ages; sprinkled with charming characters, delightful humor and smartly woven into a high-stakes plot. Armed with a fascinating Blog | Twitter | Instagram | (4.5) A copy of this novel was provided by the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my thoughts in any way. You may also find this review here on Booked J. A truly fun middle grade read and the perfect start to a brand new trilogy. The Eternity Elixir is for more than just its target audience--it's fun for all ages; sprinkled with charming characters, delightful humor and smartly woven into a high-stakes plot. Armed with a fascinating premise and a whole new world of Potion Masters (the crew at B.R.E.W. and most of main character Gordy's family are Elixirists) the story is impossible to put down. From an essence of magic and science, to family (I love the Stitser family) and friendship (meet your new favourite trio: Gordy, Max and Adeline!) development, to the utter normalcy that other plot points bring into the story, and then straight to the tremendous significance the villains play into the story's central arch, The Eternity Elixir masters the art of storytelling. It has a little of everything, solidifying its versatility and appeal to its audience. Cole has an undeniable amount of spark, mystery and thrills to his imagination. When he writes, you are compelled to continue reading. I found it impossible to put the book down because I was so drawn into it. An author's job is not finished if those consuming their work are not brought wholly into the story, but The Eternity Elixir is so fast paced and vivid, it's impossible to not feel like you are right there with Gordy. I found that the humor was quite fun when mingling with the otherwise series and scientific moments within The Eternity Elixir. Something about its dry, subtle tone felt like it would be the perfect fit for fans of Alexandra Bracken's The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding. Beyond the similar sense of humor and balancing act, Cole crafts an incredibly vivid and unique tale that is unlike anything I've read in recent memory. Overall, this was by far one of the most enjoyable books of the year and is can't miss! It sets the stage perfectly for future installments (especially after the final pages!) and I can't wait to see what else is brought forward in its sequels. Cole has a way with words and I'm completely hooked. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you're looking for the perfect gift for a reader of any age, I highly recommend The Eternity Elixir. If I haven't sold you yet, here are some more things to note about the novel: -An easy to read guide at the back of the novel to help out with any head scratching/confusion over various words in the book. The Glossary of Potions is here to help. And make you feel like you are learning the art of potion making right alongside Gordy. -The friendship between Gordy, Max and Adeline is just so cute. They're each in that "YOU ARE A CUPCAKE AND I MUST PROTECT YOU!" category and it's impossible not to root for them. I haven't been this smitten by a trio of friends since Harry, Ron and Hermione. Yeah, I went THERE. -When I said the family dynamics are fascinating, I meant it. I want to know EVERYTHING about Wanda, Priscilla and Mezzarix. I want to know what other tricks Mezzarix has up his sleeves, given his past and the general sketchiness of his entire being. Plus, I need more info on how he made Doll--who is an incredibly creepy but cool creation of his. I won't spoil it. I want to know why Priscilla confided in the wrong person, why they are all so distant but together. UGH, there's just something super intriguing about that dynamic. -On a similar note, I liked Gordy's dad, Gordon. He was very light and minimal, despite having a pretty big part throughout the novel, but there's just something gentle and soft about him that I am LOVING. And want to see more of! -THE VILLAINS. They are just... classic villains. A classic villainess and her crew. I dig it, because I love seeing the archetype that Esmeralda represents. She's timelessly evil and it's highly entertaining, and a little frightening. She's the perfect potential foe for the characters because she is just as smart as they are and her ambition is so high, it's almost admirable. -The entire prospect of magic in science, as in potion making. We have a lot of magic that isn't explored enough in fiction and the science in The Eternity Elixir makes it standout in the genre. Because it's magical, but it's also got that hit of reality to it that makes a coherent tie between a secretive world and the world that we all know. Basically, if you aren't reading, or at least buying The Eternity Elixir right now, you're missing out on something special. This is THE BEST Middle Grade release of 2018.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I love books that create a curiosity about other books the author has written. This middle-grade fantasy did just that. Gordy, Max and Adeline make a great team in a new world where potion masters aide our everyday technology. But watch out for those who misuse those potions. Gordy and his team might grow a third limb or make it so rats love you in order to defend themselves. This is a fantastic read that anyone will love, especially youngsters that love fantasy. I enjoyed every page. Not only wi I love books that create a curiosity about other books the author has written. This middle-grade fantasy did just that. Gordy, Max and Adeline make a great team in a new world where potion masters aide our everyday technology. But watch out for those who misuse those potions. Gordy and his team might grow a third limb or make it so rats love you in order to defend themselves. This is a fantastic read that anyone will love, especially youngsters that love fantasy. I enjoyed every page. Not only will I now look into other books by this author, but I will be reading this with my boys. I highly recommend it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    I liked to read the books we buy for our grandkids so we can share the experience. This was a quick, fun read and I know my grandkids will enjoy the characters, and the twists and turns of the plot. I especially liked Cole’s method of creating a lot of individuality with the characters, especially Gordy’s friends. Lots of fun magic, tense moments, and imagination.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peggy

    This is my favorite Frank Cole book to date! So full of action and adventure, with characters I quickly fell in love with. I highly recommend for anyone who loves inventive, action packed, suspenseful, fun middle grade books.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Let us just start with the cover. It's awesome. I always fall in love with a cover before I even look at what the book is about. Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not. This time it is definitely a good thing. This book was so much fun to read. This is great book for any age reader, but will probably be particularly good for middle grade. Although I am no longer in middle grade, and I loved the book...so I guess it's good for old people too :). I read that this book was about potions, Let us just start with the cover. It's awesome. I always fall in love with a cover before I even look at what the book is about. Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not. This time it is definitely a good thing. This book was so much fun to read. This is great book for any age reader, but will probably be particularly good for middle grade. Although I am no longer in middle grade, and I loved the book...so I guess it's good for old people too :). I read that this book was about potions, so I just assumed it meant it was about magic as well. I was wrong. I guess I just assumed they went hand in hand. Well, we all know what assuming does. I am happy to say that this is just about potion brewing, and it was so exciting. We all know how powerful potions can be.....and in this book we get to explore the world of potion making with Gordy. His love for brewing sends us on an exciting adventure. Gordy is a 12 year old boy and is already a master potions-maker just like his mom Wanda. Wanda is an Elixirist, Fourth Class, and one of the greatest concoters of potions in the country. Gordy learns that his mom works for B.R.E.W. and gets to visit work with her. There Gordy learns what his mother really does for work. When, Wanda gets an urgent message during Gordy's visit, they return home, and his mother leaves immediately. Gordy has two great friends that accidentally learned about his ability to make potions during a dinner one night. Gordy, begged his mother not to erase all their memories, and allow him to share his gift with his two best friends, Max and Adilene. Although, Gordy's mom would rather him work with other kids like him, Gordy has convinced his mother that his friends are trust worthy. Good thing! While Gordy's mother is away a strange package is delivered to their home, and Gordy decides to open it. I guess he wasn't taught not to open things that are not addressed to him. Once Gordy opens the package a world of chaos is opened upon his family and friends. Who knew opening a package could be so dangerous? The ride I got to enjoy with Gordy, his friends and family was so exciting. I read most of the book before bed one night. It is a fast, fun, and exciting read. If you or your kids like adventure, potions, mummies?, danger, and excitement this book is for you. Pick it up! Read it with your children, and enjoy the ride. I am so excited to see where the next book takes us. What an awesome beginning to a series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Buxton

    My name is Gordy, and with my mother's help, I hope to become an Elixirist. She works for B.R.E.W., although I'm not exactly sure what she does. She lets me mix some potions in our basement, but I hope she doesn't find the secret ones I've created. She mysteriously left home again, and then my aunt sent a package to our house. I probably shouldn't have opened it, but I did. There were a couple of glass vials in it, and I now know one of them is an Eternity Elixir. I don't know what it does, but My name is Gordy, and with my mother's help, I hope to become an Elixirist. She works for B.R.E.W., although I'm not exactly sure what she does. She lets me mix some potions in our basement, but I hope she doesn't find the secret ones I've created. She mysteriously left home again, and then my aunt sent a package to our house. I probably shouldn't have opened it, but I did. There were a couple of glass vials in it, and I now know one of them is an Eternity Elixir. I don't know what it does, but a woman named Esmeralda tried to force her way into our house. Luckily, my mom's wards guard against intruders, but something tells me Esmeralda is a resourceful person. What's so special about this potion, and why do I think it's terribly dangerous? This book offered a new twist on a budding "superhero". Gordy didn't have unbelievable powers; his strength focused on special abilities to sense and blend ingredients. It wasn't a far stretch to predict his quirky concoctions would become important weapons. His grandfather became an interesting subplot. The man was powerful and cruel, and Gordy had no idea his mom and aunt had a huge conflict with their father. I assume this will create a problem in the sequel. The highlight of the book was the author's imagination with the potions. Some of them required common items, while more exotic ingredients were also used. Some of the potions were comparable to unusual inventions found in other books. Potions were used to capture enemies, cause explosions, control minds, and put characters to sleep. Max was Gordy's best friend and provided comic relief. He had no special talents other than an insatiable curiosity. He was determined to get a glimpse of the rotting mummy kept in Gordy's basement, even though Gordy warned him of its noxiousness. He offered brash and humorous comments despite the dangers he might have been facing. Overall, this was a fun book, and I suspect its sequel, The Transparency Tonic, will be added to my to-read list.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    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 speci 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    Gordy is not a normal 12 year old, he is an apprentice Elixirist and his mum is a powerful potion maker (although his dad has a normal, humdrum job). He has two good friends who are non magical and his younger twin siblings are not yet old enough to be involved in the 'family business'. All is not well in the magical community however and a very dangerous potion has been created. The Eternity Elixir is a fast paced story for younger children with plenty of adventure and humour with family confli Gordy is not a normal 12 year old, he is an apprentice Elixirist and his mum is a powerful potion maker (although his dad has a normal, humdrum job). He has two good friends who are non magical and his younger twin siblings are not yet old enough to be involved in the 'family business'. All is not well in the magical community however and a very dangerous potion has been created. The Eternity Elixir is a fast paced story for younger children with plenty of adventure and humour with family conflict thrown in. Ends with a cliffhanger (as the best stories do!) and I'm definitely looking forward to reading more of Gordy's adventures.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dana Fontaine

    3.5 stars. I had a hard time getting through the ending of this book. It was a great action packed series starter for middle grade kiddos. However, I think it could have been a little bit shorter. I thought the ending would never come. I liked the story lines and I think students would love picking this up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Layton

    Such a fun read! I went into this book with no expectations and came out loving it! I definitely recommend this awesome book!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Yalemi Morales

    A fun read with my third grader. Some of the vocabulary was quite advanced for her, but it was a good opportunity for growth.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danny

    Fun, young adventure tale. Potions and survival thrills to be had, sweet friendships and solid family support. Would recommend if you are looking for a young light read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vernon Area Public Library KIDS

    “Boil, boil, toil and trouble” is what Gordy Stitser got when he opened a mysterious package from his aunt that contained a powerful elixir. Soon, trouble shows up at his front door. As a gifted potion master, Gordy has to use his wit and skills to prevent the elixir from falling into the wrong hands; otherwise the world as he knows it will change forever. A fun, magical realistic adventure. Recommended for grades 4-6. Lexile Level: NA Reviewed by Christine Hwang, Youth and School Services, Vernon “Boil, boil, toil and trouble” is what Gordy Stitser got when he opened a mysterious package from his aunt that contained a powerful elixir. Soon, trouble shows up at his front door. As a gifted potion master, Gordy has to use his wit and skills to prevent the elixir from falling into the wrong hands; otherwise the world as he knows it will change forever. A fun, magical realistic adventure. Recommended for grades 4-6. Lexile Level: NA Reviewed by Christine Hwang, Youth and School Services, Vernon Area Public Library

  22. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    While I was reading this I was expecting it to be really cheesy because of the fact that it’s a middle grade book. But, the magic system in this book was very intriguing and I felt as if it was entertaining even at my age to read. I really loved the main character and all his friends. When they would have their detective sleepovers I would laugh because that would be something I would do. The book was definitely written very well and I feel like the plot was executed the way it was intended to. While I was reading this I was expecting it to be really cheesy because of the fact that it’s a middle grade book. But, the magic system in this book was very intriguing and I felt as if it was entertaining even at my age to read. I really loved the main character and all his friends. When they would have their detective sleepovers I would laugh because that would be something I would do. The book was definitely written very well and I feel like the plot was executed the way it was intended to. I will be continuing the series and can’t wait to see where everyone goes on this journey!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jenni Frencham

    Gordy comes from a family of potion masters, and he is in training to brew potions himself. His parents are impressed at his abilities to make excellent potions. While his mother is away on potion-brewing business, Gordy receives a package addressed to his mom and opens it. Soon after, mysterious people come to his house and attempt to steal the package. Thus begins a race between Gordy and his family and the villians who want what Gordy has received - the eternity elixir. This book is an action- Gordy comes from a family of potion masters, and he is in training to brew potions himself. His parents are impressed at his abilities to make excellent potions. While his mother is away on potion-brewing business, Gordy receives a package addressed to his mom and opens it. Soon after, mysterious people come to his house and attempt to steal the package. Thus begins a race between Gordy and his family and the villians who want what Gordy has received - the eternity elixir. This book is an action-packed fantasy adventure perfect for fans of J.K. Rowling and Holly Black. The story reads similarly to the final chapters of the first Harry Potter novel: there isn't much world-building, but plenty of action and problem-solving. Fans of fantasy will enjoy the potion-making world and will be eager to read the next one. Recommended. Recommended for: tweens Red Flags: fantasy violence - people experience results of various potions (explosions, growing an extra limb, etc.) Overall Rating: 4/5 stars Read-Alikes: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, The Iron Trial, The Glass Sentence I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purposes of review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hurley

    A great start to a trilogy I'm looking forward to reading the rest of! A fast moving, well paced fantasy book, perfect for fans of magic and mystery. A great start to a trilogy I'm looking forward to reading the rest of! A fast moving, well paced fantasy book, perfect for fans of magic and mystery.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*

    Eternity Elixir (Potion Master #1) by Frank L. Cole, 272 pages. Shadow Mountain, 2018. $17. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger and fighting) BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Gordy, 12yo, has a bright future coming as an elixirist, a potion master. One day Gordy is working in the lab with his best friends, Max and Adilene, when they receive a package from his Aunt Priscilla. Gordy knows he probably shouldn’t open it, but he does any wa Eternity Elixir (Potion Master #1) by Frank L. Cole, 272 pages. Shadow Mountain, 2018. $17. Language: G (0 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG (some danger and fighting) BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS - ADVISABLE AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH Gordy, 12yo, has a bright future coming as an elixirist, a potion master. One day Gordy is working in the lab with his best friends, Max and Adilene, when they receive a package from his Aunt Priscilla. Gordy knows he probably shouldn’t open it, but he does any way. What he doesn’t realize is that he has started the race to posses The Eternity Elixir. Whoever controls the Elixir can also control The Vessel, the source of every potion maser’s power. There are many amusing details in Cole’s world-building, but also some absurd ones. Like Max – who is highly annoying for me as an adult. But the adventure, danger, and excitement outshines the minor problems. I now need to get my hands on the next two in the series! Cindy, Library Teacher, MLS https://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2020...

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    If you have a child (or even if you) like YA/Middle Grade fantasy books, this is one to pick up and read. The author did a great job of making this an enjoyable and captivating read for me. I liked the concept, the characters, and the action. There is a good balance of good and evil to add enough tension for the reader to wonder what might happen next and how certain situations would resolve themselves. The main character, Gordy, is a talented potion maker and is leaps and bounds ahead of those ar If you have a child (or even if you) like YA/Middle Grade fantasy books, this is one to pick up and read. The author did a great job of making this an enjoyable and captivating read for me. I liked the concept, the characters, and the action. There is a good balance of good and evil to add enough tension for the reader to wonder what might happen next and how certain situations would resolve themselves. The main character, Gordy, is a talented potion maker and is leaps and bounds ahead of those around him. He is perhaps even better than his mom. He is also smart and is able to figure out a few things when situations become tense all looking for the Eternity Elixir. This is a fantasy book, so you do have to suspend reality when they talk about various potions and what they can do, but that isn't hard at all. I had a hard time putting the book down and can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amalie Simper

    I saw this in a ton of stores at Christmas and decided to check it out. Gordy Stitser is a 12 year old boy who has grown up in a family that brews and creates potions. While his father, doesn't have the ability, his mother is one of the current greatest elixers. The story is about a mysterious package that arrives while Gordy's mom is out of town. Once he opens the box, the rest of the story unfolds. We quickly find ourselves in the middle of a potion war with Gordy, his father and Gordy's 2 fri I saw this in a ton of stores at Christmas and decided to check it out. Gordy Stitser is a 12 year old boy who has grown up in a family that brews and creates potions. While his father, doesn't have the ability, his mother is one of the current greatest elixers. The story is about a mysterious package that arrives while Gordy's mom is out of town. Once he opens the box, the rest of the story unfolds. We quickly find ourselves in the middle of a potion war with Gordy, his father and Gordy's 2 friends Max and Adilene. It was a fun book, perhaps a little short. I kind of felt like there could have been a bit more development. However, it was fun. I probably wouldn't have put the 2nd book on hold since it is a current 6 month wait, but the epilogue pulled me in and I would love to listen to what happens next.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine H

    If you want to start the new year off with the right book, I’ve got the perfect one for you: Frank L. Cole’s Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir. I guarantee you’ll be able to say you’ve at least read one great book this year. Squinklethoughts 1. I love practically everything about this book. But let’s start at the beginning. The premise is exciting: there is a secret society of potion masters and 12-year-old Gordy Stitser’s mom is one of the best Elixirists around. That can only spell trouble for If you want to start the new year off with the right book, I’ve got the perfect one for you: Frank L. Cole’s Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir. I guarantee you’ll be able to say you’ve at least read one great book this year. Squinklethoughts 1. I love practically everything about this book. But let’s start at the beginning. The premise is exciting: there is a secret society of potion masters and 12-year-old Gordy Stitser’s mom is one of the best Elixirists around. That can only spell trouble for Gordy … and it’s the making of a great adventure. His mom has been training Gordy in the art of potion-making, which is fun enough already, but what I love is the fact that Gordy actually wants to hone his skills. He actually wants to study. Isn’t that great? (Feel free to roll your eyes now.) 2. Gordy is a great protagonist. He’s curious and thoughtful and creative and courageous. He loves to experiment with and without his mom’s permission, but he’s got a lot of respect for both of his parents, which means they have a great relationship. I think I’m drawn to Gordy because he doesn’t rest on his laurels. He may have an insanely incredible innate talent at Deciphering and Blind Batching, but he’s eager to continue developing his skills. I have lots of admiration for that. Throughout the story, Gordy encounters difficult decisions he has to make, but he uses the right amount of his heart and head to choose his path. All in all, he’s a very likable protagonist, and one I’m eager to read more about. I only hope that there are skeletons in his closet that will be revealed in future books because I think Gordy has the makings of a classic character. 3. And where would main characters be without their loyal sidekicks? I’m glad that Cole doesn’t leave Gordy to his own potions. Adilene and Max are good friends who care so much for Gordy that they run to his side (and potential danger) the moment Gordy calls them. The only criticisms I have of this book are mild ones that I hope will be rectified in future novels. One, Max is sometimes a little too rash. I get that he’s excited to help Gordy, but his excitement sometimes leads to trips, spills, and near catastrophes. I can’t fault him for his loyalty to Gordy, and even his grudging appreciation for Adilene, but sometimes, I wish Gordy would tell him to shush a bit more. Two, Adilene doesn’t get as much page time as Max, and I’d’ve really loved reading how she might have handled Bawdry’s energy. And I bet she’d have come up with a better name than “Slim” and “Doll”. I think Cole could have used her contributions as much as he used Max’s. Lastly, I found a few too many similarities between this trio and another famous literary trio. I wonder if maybe in future books Gordy, Adilene, and Max might separate their quirks to solidify themselves as golden in their own right. 4. I absolutely understand why parents must not be part of the story in middle-grade stories. Children have to develop the essential parts of their characters independent of adult, especially parental, influence. Kids would have much more different adventures if, say, they had to go home every day after school instead of only for summer vacation. So, I’m glad that Cole seems to have found a sweet spot that allows Gordy’s parents to be part of the action without getting in the way. In fact, I love the secondary plot involving Gordy’s mom, Wanda, and her sister, Priss. And I’m very, very curious to discover if Gordy’s dad, Gordon, knows more than he’s revealing … (Wouldn’t that be awesome?) 5. I love the potions the Elixirists mention and use in this book. As a textbook-chemistry-loving (i.e. I love learning about compounds and reactions without feeling any inclination to concoct my own, or participate in and write up any lab reports) and etymologically passionate (i.e. I do have a degree in and love for linguistics) nerd, Cole’s potions speak to me in a fierce way. There’s the Disfarcar Gel, Goilicanje Juice, and Oighear Ointment, to name a few. I’m sure many people will learn a little bit about a lot of languages from the compendium in this book. Speaking of which … there’s a glossary! I love, love, love maps and glossaries, and the inclusion of a list at the end of the story was like a little gift I devoured at the end. I also love that the Tranquility Swathe originated in Canada. That’s just so Canadian. 6. This is one of those stories that seems to have been so well plotted even before it was written because every chapter was compelling. There are tons of action scenes, but enough downtime in between, to flesh out the characters and the rising action. I read the whole thing really quickly – as in I picked up where I left off at the end of Chapter 18 (really good, btw), and in no time at all, I was finished Chapter 38 (even better). I hope we don’t have to wait too long for the follow up. But until then, check out the trailer for the first book here: https://youtu.be/8wv5q7VOKCU. 7. Teachers/parents, Potion Masters: The Eternity Elixir was one of the last books I read in 2017, and it’s the first one I’ll champion in 2018. It’s a great story for boys and girls alike, seasoned and struggling readers alike, and those who love and are lukewarm to fantasy alike. Readers will encounter fast-paced adventure, inspiring creativity, true friendships, complicated family matters, and a lot of fun. I’ll be picking up this title for my school library, so I will probably create a reading-comprehension handout. Feel free to check my blog in a few weeks to see if I do! This review was originally posted on my blog, Squinklebooks.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sriya Mudumba

    Cliffhangers are really starting to get to me....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Originally posted at To Read or Not To Read? Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 stars PG for fantasy action The Eternity Elixir hooked me right from the start, opening on a hairy, pus-covered, slime-trailing monster moping through the house, who is in fact our main character, Gordy, after another failed attempt to create the perfect Halloween costume with a potion of his own invention. Gordy is a natural talent at concocting and identifying potions, encouraged by h Originally posted at To Read or Not To Read? Received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 stars PG for fantasy action The Eternity Elixir hooked me right from the start, opening on a hairy, pus-covered, slime-trailing monster moping through the house, who is in fact our main character, Gordy, after another failed attempt to create the perfect Halloween costume with a potion of his own invention. Gordy is a natural talent at concocting and identifying potions, encouraged by his Elixirist mother to continue honing his skills, despite his young age. But when a mysterious potion is sent from his eccentric aunt while his mother is away and two shady lawyers start plying his dad for access to his mom's secret lab, Gordy knows potions aren't going to solve all his problems. With the help of his two best friends, he's got to figure out what the mystery potion is and why someone wants it so bad. The Eternity Elixir is a fun and fast-paced introduction to a promising new series of magical adventure. It's a great read for younger fantasy lovers, especially anyone who likes Shadow Mountain's other great titles, like Fablehaven or Mysteries of Cove. Cole has created a clever concept with his new Potion Masters series. Instead of wands and spells and flying brooms, his magic system is instead entirely composed of magic potions and stresses the necessity of the exact ingredients and following instructions to the letter. It has a fantastic "Ewww!" factor in its weird and disgusting ingredients -not to mention the ancient mummy in the basement that requires constant treatments of air freshener- which boys especially will love. For anyone who loved and misses Hogwarts' potion classes (and Bertie Bott's Every Flavor jelly beans), then this is probably the series for you. One of the things I appreciate most about this book is that Gordy is a good kid. Already on his way to being a master Elixirist, he understands the importance of patience, following directions, and obeying the rules. I love to see this in main characters, especially when they're fun and well-developed ones. Gordy does have to push the rules as the events of the story intensify, but it's never for mischievous reasons, and it's refreshing to see this in a children's book. (Don't worry; his best friend Max makes up for this in the mischief department.) Cole skips over some other genre cliches by making Gordy's family well-grounded and fully supportive in its secrets, and giving Gordy friends who have already stumbled on said secrets. It was a nice twist to jump into a story where the best friends don't have the adjusting period and there's no tenseness in the family over secrets and differences. The Eternity Elixir is a decent adventure, funny, fast-paced, and full of clever and weird potions and inventions; despite a climax that's a little anti-climactic, it finishes off with a great open-ended epilogue to set up the sequel and potentially an even better villain. There's a lot more to explore in this new world and these characters so I'm looking forward to the next Potion Masters book.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.