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The Birr Elixir (The Legend of the Gamesmen Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Girls looking for a role model find one in Marra. One thing I very much liked about Marra was the arc of her development from mouse to major player. We saw her grow in confidence in a very believable way.
Boys will like the rough and tumble of the unique game Sparkes created. They will enjoy as well the battles they engage in to protect themselves from the evil forces trying to kidnap one of the principals.
The transitions were not always clear, but all in all, a good book to hook kids into a new fantasy series.
This is a fun read for those who like fantasy. Jo Sparks is definitely a talented writer and The Birr Elixir is an entertaining story. The character development is solid, the story line is interesting, the book is well paced and the dialogue is good but this book does have a "fatal flaw" so read on.
Marra, the heroine, is an apprentice potion maker. Her mistress has died before Marra can complete her training. As a result of her mistress's death, she is left in the care of Snark, her mistress's evil brother. Marra senses this will not end well.
An unusual customer comes to the potion shop and Marra makes a potion for an athletic team. They believe the potion is responsible for their winning so the team's leader offers Marra a way out of her predicament; she will travel with the team as their potion maker. Marra's leaving is complicated when she discovers an unconscious man in the back of the shop. The honorable men of the team reluctantly take the unconscious man with them. The adventure begins.
Be warned this is a serial (a story in parts) rather than a series (a number of self contained and complete books written one after another with the same characters). This was the "fatal flaw" and disappointment with the book; a lack of having a truly complete self contained story. There are too many "loose ends". The matter of why the unconscious man ended up in the shop and why others want him captured alive is never resolved. It is obvious a nefarious plot is afoot but it is never revealed. It seems that is for another book. The reader is "left hanging" and that's not good.
The story telling is definitely of five star quality but I cannot give the book five stars because in my opinion "The Birr Elixir" is not a complete story. It seems meant to entice readers to buy a follow up book to find out what happens.
My rating is three out of five stars.
Note: I was provided a review copy for an honest review.
The book starts off with the King's son Tryst who is to go on a journey across his land and learn lessons about the people.
The scene shifts from there to Apprentice Marra who is working in a small, bare shelved shop trying to learn her trade. She has been forced to work by her Mistress's brother, evil and cunning Snark.
Marra's world turns upside down when she makes a potion for Drail for a Comet game to be held in her town. When Drail and his team do the impossible task of beating the Skullans (thought to be invincible), Drail decides to take Marra along with him on his adventures. They find an unconscious man in Marra's shop and Drail makes the gutsy decision to carry him and Marra along with the team to the rest of their adventures.
There you're introduced to the world of COMET, the intriguing and high action packed game which Trumen and Skullans play for ultimate victory. Drail and his team, the Hand of Victory plays well and moves along flatlands to play at the Summer Solstice games in Port Leet, one of the biggest cities.
Young Marra travels beyond her small town for the first time and sees sights which she would not believe. When her potions wake up the unconscious man they were travelling with, what adventures happen? And what does Port Leet hold for them? What is the mystery surrounding the unconscious man? Who are the men chasing Drail and what do they want from Marra?
It was so exciting to read everything from Marra's perspective. She is an eager-to-learn lady who has never been anywhere outside her shop and the revelations of what the world holds and discovering new sights from an innocent and wide-eyed surprise is refreshing.
Well I have to say it was SHEER DELIGHT reading this book. Perhaps after Harry Potter, this was the first book with a sport that excited me so much to read. I was totally Hooked on to the book!!
What was so great is Jo's easy to read, sparkling style. The way she writes is unique, it is tantalizing with the details and yet just adequately providing the reader answers to all their questions. Her characters are well thought of with each character being perfectly in place. There are unanswered questions but this is a series and I CANNOT wait for the other books to read more.
Though this is a short book, there is a lot of excitement created about the games and you actually feel every drop of sweat that passes through the players as they look to win the trophy!
Jo has happily agreed to become a Guest Post author for explaining to everyone the exciting game of COMET!!
The game itself is one of the things that makes the book attractive. There isn't focus on a particular character or on a romantic relationship and it is very refreshing for that very reason.
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