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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 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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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?