She's put together a summary of each book, her thoughts on their pros & cons, and at the end of the post, you'll have a chance to win the triology!
Book 1: The Eternity Elixir
Gordy Stitser (short for Gordon) is an eighth grader who finds that, like his mother, he has the ability to create potions. As the book progresses Gordy encounters challenges he never expected. For example, his Grandpa Rook, who he thought died in a farming accident before he was born, is actually the powerful Mezzarix, scourge of nations! His grandfather wants to escape his banishment and plunge the world into chaos.
Chapter one drew me in almost immediately, because it described such a strange occurrence, that I instantly wanted to know more. There are lots of details that left me with a brighter picture of the events than other books have. I was excited to continue reading and hungry for more.
Book 2: The Transparency Tonic
Gordy is starting the eighth grade, and has been trying out new brewing techniques, but when he keeps zoning out during practice he knows something is wrong. Adilene wants desperately to become a potion master, but when Gordy chooses Max as his lab partner, she wonders if she ever will. She turns to a mysterious new friend, Cadence, who is not a potion master, but somehow has a potion to turn people invisible. Mezzarix escapes his banishment and it is up to Gordy and his crew to stop him.
Book 3: The Seeking Serum
The sneaky Mezzarix has managed to escape the clutches of Gordy and his friends and has stolen the all powerful Vessel! He intends to destroy The Vessel and plunge the modern world into a new and chaotic dark age, but first he must ExSponge the rest of the Chamber of potion masters. It is again up to Gordy, Adilene and Max to save B.R.E.W, and the world.
Talia's School Project
Talia did a project at school, on the Potion Masters trilogy.
She wrote a reading response, created a "novel museum" with items that represented important items from the book, as well as created a bit of a costume for herself.
Ken brought some discarded test tubes home from his lab for her to fill with food colored water to represent potions.
She used my book bag to represent a potion satchel. Her "Harry Potter" wand represented a "decocting wand". A plastic bug represented a ward breaker.
(You'll have to read the book if you want to understand what the significance of each item is!)
Talia's Recommendation & Rating
Overall I really did enjoy this series and would recommend to all who enjoy fantasy, action, suspense, magic, mystery, interesting vocab and once in a while, some humor. I would definitely recommend this to fans of Brandon Mull and Rick Riordan. I think anyone from 8-14 would love this series and would love to see more people reading this.
The few things I did not like about this book were that they hinted at things that happened in the past but did not explain them, like when Wanda, the main character Gordy’s mother, refers to an incident that happened prior, (when Max and Adilene find out he is a potion master) but never elaborates on the details of the event. It was not a main part of the story line so it was fine, but left me wanting the answers in a prequel or novella.
There is no language, gory violence or anything like that so it is very appropriate. I would rate this series as a 5 out of 5!
Where To Buy
Check your library for this book, or you can buy it at Deseret Book (online or in-store). It's also available on Amazon.com if you're in the USA or Amazon.ca if you're in Canada.
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Disclosure: Shadow Mountain Publishing sent us an advanced reader's copy of this book for review purposes.