By Frank L. Cole
By Frank L. Cole
For hundreds of years, all of our medical findings, our technological advancements, and even our weapons are a direct result of magical potions. Few people know about the truth because few people are aware of the hidden potion community known as B.R.E.W.–the Board of Ruling Elixirists Worldwide.
Twelve-year-old Gordy knows all about the importance of cauldrons, flasks, and Bunsen burners. He has an extensive knowledge of hundreds of ingredients including Toadflax, porcupine quills, and catfish eyes because Gordy’s mother is the Director of B.R.E.W., and he is an apprentice potion master with a secret lab in his family’s basement.
When the world’s most powerful potion–the Eternity Elixir–disappears and then mysteriously ends up in Gordy’s possession, he must use all of his skills to protect the forbidden potion before enemies of B.R.E.W. find and use it to destroy the world as we know it.
Gordy recruits his two best friends, Max and Adeline, to assist him while his mother leaves to confront the most powerful elixirist of all time-the great Mezzarix-who happens to be Gordy’s grandfather.
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Review by Kristin Jackson
If you need a fantastic book to read aloud on a road trip or are simply desperate to find some light, fun reading to occupy your kids, grab a copy of Potion Masters—The Eternity Elixir by Frank L. Cole. When Gordy and his friends find themselves battling experienced potion masters over a potion that can alter the world, his own bravado and his loyal friends help him win the day. This fun middle-grade book highlights the bonds of family and friendship and illustrates creative problem solving in a way that will resonate with readers of all ages.
Kids will love this exciting adventure filled with slime, gooey mummies, and intrigue. But you’ll like it too as it takes you and your family to the light side, providing a much-needed break from everyday struggles. Potion Masters is a great summer read for kids and adults alike.
Review by Gregory Little
Potions make the world go ’round in Potion Masters—The Eternity Elixir. Twelve-year-old Gordy Stitser’s Elixirist mother and non-potion-y father are each typically (and appealingly) relaxed about the dangerous hobby for which their son has developed such a flair. But before the dizzying action concludes, Gordy and his family find themselves square in the middle of the unfolding crisis.
A dash of complicated dynamics in Gordy’s extended family keeps the characters on their toes, and while Gordy’s younger siblings might feel somewhat underused, author Frank Cole may feature them more prominently in the sequels. The plot of this middle-grade novel moves briskly and knows not to overstay its welcome, and the book never takes itself too seriously, sprinkling in humor regularly.
All in all, Potion Masters—The Eternity Elixir hits the sweet spot for readers looking for a story focused on a young hero pulled into a secret magical world hidden just beneath our own. If that’s the fantasy fix you are craving, this little gem won’t disappoint.