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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.

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

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The best of the series!

If you are new to this series: go to book 1 and start there! You will otherwise be very confused. This series is meant to be read in order.
With that being said, this was the BEST book of the series. Things really came full circle in many ways, we get answers for old questions & meet a new cast of characters who play a huge role. Not everyone is how they seem, and I was constantly being surprised by what happened next.
The end of this book is very satisfying.. finally! There is some closure on things with Dorian, but it leaves the door open for more ... I hope there is a book 4!

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I loved it

I can't say what I want because I don't want to ruin it for anyone who hasn't listened yet. this is a really good series. Kept all of us interested. can't wait to see the movie hint hint

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Accidental Alchemist Universe: Unique & Unexpected

The Elusive Elixir is the third (and maybe final) book in Accidental Alchemist series.
Gigi Pandian and Julia Motyka really join forces here to show us a world that is strange, detailed, and a little dark.

Most of the supernaturals living in the natural world books by authors such as Molly Harper are all about how this werewolf, vampire, witch, or whathaveyou is just like everybody else, except for some talent or weirdness or other.

This is not that. At all. Because Zoe Faust is very old, but not immortal, her lifestyle and diet are very particular so that she stays vital. As an alchemist, her whole life is very focused on her own personal version of alchemy (and here, alchemy is very personal - I mean, it's different for every individual). She lives and breathes it and it always seems to be in her head.

Julia Moytka, the narrator, has such a soft, but crisp delivery - she is every inch the character. She may have been tapped because her French language and accents are so good. (her Czech accent also sounded a bit French, but I forgave her for that) Rather than completely becoming each other character in the book, they all seem filtered from her (Zoe's) perspective and that worked just fine for me.

There are comic and romantic elements to the books, but they are, as I said, filtered through Zoe's calm, serious, and slightly melancholy POV.

I don't know if I could binge this series, but I did enjoy it immensely - listening to each with a few months in between.

Strongly recommend.

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much better than the 2nd one

it was over before i knew it! can't wait for the next one. enjoyed it.

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  • P S.
  • Delaware United States
  • 06-12-17

Delightful Series

Not sure how I found this series but glad I did. Fun original story. I hope there are more. Going to check out authors other works.

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Heartwarming Mystery

The trilogy of the three books are so good. I hated for it to end. The story of an alchemist and a gargoyle left me wanting more. Being based in my former hometown of Portland, OR was pretty accurate with the descriptions of the area. mare me a bit homesick.

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  • Jo
  • 06-09-17

I loved this series

I loved this series. Just the right amount of suspense, mystery, and a little humor. A great listen!

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  • Vorthe
  • Audubon, NJ, United States
  • 06-09-17

A satisfying end to the trilogy.

Julia Matyka did a brilliant job, as always. The death cycle of "Not Untrue Alchemy" comes to a satisfying conclusion, and the fate of everyone's favorite gargoyle is resolved.

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love this fun series!

I sincerely hope there is another installment coming. This is one of my favorite series to get out if my own mind space for a grand adventure.

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Lovable

I love this entire series! The narrator has such a kind and relatable demeanor! Not to mention that it is impossible not to fall in love with this adorable hilarious gargoyle!!!

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  • Lerae
  • 05-10-17

So disappointing

What disappointed you about The Elusive Elixir?

Like many subsequent novels in a series (and here I'm thinking specifically of Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series and Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books), the charm, originality and humour of the first book decreases with each new installment. I was disappointed with the second books in each of these series but hoped for a return to form in the third. Sadly, this optimism was not rewarded. In the case of The Elusive Elixer, much of the book consisted of the main character's (Zoe Faust) internal monologue. I thought Gigi Pandian was literally losing the plot with the second book but this third book is just so boring. Isn't one of the most basic rules of writing fiction that the author must show, not simply tell? Also, the repetition of information and explanations (for example, Zoe's diet and her inability to stay up late) was grating.

Would you ever listen to anything by Gigi Pandian again?

Not sure. Not in this series.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narration was fine per se, but the fact that so much of the book comprised the thoughts of the main character meant it was in that character's voice for long periods - very boring and monotonous.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No