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Summary

Dorian Robert-Houdin, the three-and-a-half-foot gargoyle chef who fancies himself a modern-day Poirot, is slowly turning into stone, and it's up to Zoe Faust to unravel the alchemical secrets that can save him. When they discover that a long-lost stone gargoyle with a connection to Dorian has reappeared in Europe, the stakes are even higher. From Portland to Paris, Zoe searches for the hidden knowledge she needs, but a cold case that harkens back to 1942 throws her off course. With an ailing friend desperately trying to discover his own elixir of life and a new romantic interest offering the first chance at love she's had in nearly a century, Zoe is torn between a dangerous form of alchemy and her desire for a safer life.

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©2017 Gigi Pandian (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Captivating and magical

This book really needs to be read after the first 2 in the series, The Accidental Alchemist & The Masquerading Magician. All 3 of these books I adore.

If you like fantasy but are looking for something a little less over the top, action filled heroism and something more creative and charming this is it. I wish there were more like this.

You come to really feel something for characters, who are easy to get behind and brought beautifully to life by the wonderful accents of the narrator.

There were so many unexpected heart warming elements to these books. They are relaxing, intriguing and so enjoyable.
Some of my elements are:
- Gargoyles! What’s not to love?
- Great vegan food suggestions (with recipes included in the extra material). Im not vegan but this book really makes you want to taste what’s described!
- The exploration of Alchemy
- The concept of backward alchemy (a bit like the dark arts)
- The closeness of family in all forms
- Mystery and the odd murder
- Nature and its revitalising quality’s
- The gentle humour and overall optimistic tone

It’s different and delightful. I hope others find it that way too. :)

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Brilliant fun listening

Have loved this series of books. The audio story telling is brilliant. Very light hearted and fun to listen but quite repetitive with some of the plot.

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Awesome story !

Light and witty supernatural suspense ! The author managed to make vegan food sound amazing ! Also the narration is amazing .

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I’m enjoying the story

Not the sort of thing I would normally read, decided to give the series a go because the first book is “Included”.
I’ve now bought the entire collection and am waiting for the latest instalment to come out next week.

But I will caution you that it suffers from the same flaw as Harry Potter, too much repetition. If you are able to look past all the repetition you will find this to be an interesting read.

And, I’ve learned soooo much about Vegan cooking, in a fantasy story.

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really enjoyed it

Lovely listening to this story, well read and heartwarming, couldn't stop listening to it.

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Atrociously disappointing

I couldnt decide whether the writer had alzheimers or was just struggling to write the quantity of words required by the publishers deal!
Repetitive, ludicrous obsessive detail to vegan recipes, repeated full names of characters, repeated the same anecdote continually throughout. I couldn't finish this book. I read the first one, but this is absolute trash. if I could ask for my money back I would!
The narrator must have been suicidal! Terribly disappointed
I can only hope that they found a cure for the pure bloody gargoyle. I'll never know but I was fearing for my own sanity - when I found myself repeating the story of her damn brother verbatum and shouting " oh not that again ffs!" I knew that I had to PRESS THE ESCAPE BUTTON!!

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FOODY MAGIC

A COMBINATION OF FOOD AND MAGIC. DELICIOUS RECEIPT S , ARE AN ADDED BONUS. WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT ON A LAZY AFTERNOON

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Another great read

I have read the first in this series also. Really good I have enjoyed it very much.

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Great ending

Sometimes books have disappointing, or unfinished endings, not so here. I know there’s a 4th book, but having enjoyed the trilogy so much & disappointing reviews for the fourth book, am going to stop here for now, I don’t want to spoil the flavour

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A Delight!

Excellent narration, all the food descriptions made me very hungry and the accents were solid.

Nicely written and well researched without taking itself too seriously. I really enjoyed this, and was left feeling contented and cozy.

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  • Shauna
  • 13-03-20

We get it, you’re vegan...

What more can I say? Every chapter we are reminded how the leading lady is vegan, vegan, vegan. In Every Book. I’m highly suspicious that the woman who wrote this story is vegan and though I don’t wish to offend all vegans, she seems like the type that can’t help but remind everyone around her every other breath that she is vegan...probly even owns a shirt saying it honestly.

It gets redundant.

If it wasn’t for two things I would have stopped listening to this series after the first book. Dorian, who is a very interesting character. (Zoe, even though she is a main character, is bland at best. Her three main characteristics are, she’s not really old, she’s an alchemist and of course she’s vegan...not much more than that.) and the second thing keeping me listening was the voice actor. She’s amazing. She can be voicing three characters at once and it sounds like there are separate ppl voicing each one. Very good job on her part and the only redeeming quality of this book.

So yeah. If you can handle the constant in your face IM A VEGAN! And the repetition of details that could easily be had in the first two books, then this book is for you.

Good luck.

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  • Kathy Nicholson
  • 04-08-17

Repetive and whiny

What would have made The Elusive Elixir better?

By the third book, it would be nice if the main character would quit whining so much! And to repeat the same info again and again in the same book. We got it the first time you mentioned it, enough!

What do you think your next listen will be?

not this author

What about Julia Motyka’s performance did you like?

She does the accents and different characters really well. A pleasure to listen to.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

disappointment, I don't know why I kept reading the the series. After book 2, I shoudl ahve realized it. Sad

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  • BAE
  • 13-12-17

I’m quite fond of the gargoyle, but...

The “sidekick” character, a gargoyle, is engaging and perfectly read by the narrator. The protagonist has an annoying tendency towards false modesty and a serious lack of insight. The author sidesteps challenges presented by her plot missing opportunities for her protagonist to mature. Frustrating read.

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  • Michelle
  • 19-03-19

So repetitive

I liked the first book pretty well but the second book repeats everything from book 1 - sometimes more than once. For example, how many times does alchemy need to be defined? Once as good for me. Same with the vegan recipes. I get it, it must be hard to find good vegan recipes, but I have no interest in vegan cooking and it wasn't necessary for the story. It was hard to listen to over and over and over again.

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  • Colonelswife
  • 24-04-17

Very disappointing

This was the most annoying trilogy.
Poor plot , weak story . Stupid characters . Very stupid main character.

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  • Shell Bell
  • 04-12-20

Enjoyable (despite the repetitive bits)

As vegetarian vegetarian I appreciate how much work and thought it takes in to being healthy so although she does spend a lot of time talking about it it’s just the way it is for someone who is vegetarian or more so vegan. So that didn’t bother me.

What did occasionally grow slightly old was the repetition of the same things about the storyline in multiple chapters of the same book let alone the same point that’s been made throughout every book in the series.

At the same time the performance was amazing the reader very pleasant and the characters, Especially the gargoyle Brixton and Max were awesome.

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  • Sandy M
  • 10-03-17

Good but not Great

What did you like best about The Elusive Elixir? What did you like least?
I love Dorian and Zoe, but she seemed off her game in this book. Ending seemed rushed

Did the narration match the pace of the story?
Julia Motyka does a great job with Dorian and all French.

Any additional comments?
No way to tell if this is the last in the series. Some things left open, but unfortunately nothing so interesting that I would continue with this series.

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  • Chad
  • 08-09-21

Good, just not as good

I enjoy this series and don't regret listening to this audiobook... but it didn't seem quite as good as the first two novels.

I'm not much of a mystery buff. I think of this more as urban fantasy. But in a mystery novel, the reader is supposed to be able to look back at the clues and say "ohhh that makes sense! Maybe I could have solved the mystery based on those clues!"
But in this case, the author's specific rules for how alchemy does and doesn't work result in more of a hand-wavey suspension of disbelief in the style of a story like Star Trek: The Original Series.

Still entertaining tho.

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  • Regina B.
  • 13-03-21

I can't get enough!

Honestly, you want these people to be in your circle! Both the author and narrator REALLY make your want to live in this world!

I'm planning a trip to Oregon next summer and I am even more excited about it now! Yes it's fiction, but my imagination will love every bit of exploring Portland!

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  • Surprize Knight
  • 02-12-20

Lovingly story

I have listened to all 3 books and enjoyed them. Only negative thing I can say is the author repeats herself too many times giving background in the 2nd and 3rd book as if the reader has never read the first book. Other than that I loved it .
Thank you!

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