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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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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

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointing

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

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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The Elusive Elixir

After I finished, The Elusive Elixir I felt mixed emotions. I was heartbroken for Zoe, elated for Dorian and anxious about where the next book in the series would lead. It also left me thinking of a Chinese proverb that I heard as a child, “You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.”

I was on pins and needles during the story because Zoe's past and present collided in a very unexpected way. She was lied to and betrayed by people from both her past and present.

What I loved most about this story is that Zoe's and Dorian's unusual friendship taught them both valuable lessons. Dorian's acceptance of his fate and his refusal to give in to evil to save himself, and Zoe's willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friend was beautifully written.

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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!

6 of 13 people found this review helpful

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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

3 of 10 people found this review helpful

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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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loved the series,

loved the series, the story was great. The characters were fun The reader did a fantastic job. I wish there were more books to followup.

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OK series... For teens

"How do you know some one is vegan? ....They tell you over and over and over again....I read the first book and was caught by the story, not necessarily the character. The main character was kinda obnoxious like an 18 year old and everything is impossible. She can't tell her boyfriend her secrets, she can't talk to her old mentors they will not understand... I really think this series could do with an abridged version. Definitely, not mature behavior for some one several hundred years old. Not a believable heroine.

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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