- File Size: 758 KB
- Print Length: 158 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing (August 28, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0093CL4OM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,483,390 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
Ah, I love me some good ol' fashioned questy-story-with-a-good-message.
Knowing the background behind Katie's book made it all the more special for me, but I was surprised to see a lot of those growing-up-themes that I used in Double Life.
Read: My own issues
Katora is a fiery middle-child who has just been given an interesting task. She, her younger brother and sister, and some random dude (more on that later), along with their trusty fantastical creature, have to go on a quest to find the flowers to make a panacea-type elixir.
But here's the catch: Katora's got some decisions to make when she gets there. Namely that she's got to give up her free will to protect the Elixir. And because absolute power corrupts absolutely...she's also got to decide if it's worth it to even make the damn potion.
Katora's a young woman after my own heart, in that she has to control E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G. As a (not-so-) young woman with major control issues, her stomping-foot reactions when people tried to take over her leadership position resonated with me.
You go, Katora. #girlpower
I loved the sibling relationship and I almost wished we had spent more time with them, instead of with Hirsten.
This is the one thing that pulled this one down to three and a half stars. Hirsten was supposed to go along to be the "guide," but his entire role in the book seemed to be to make googly eyes at Katora, and to distract her from her mission. I think he did like...one map-related thing the entire book, but definitely kissed her about two days into their journey.
Towards the middle and end of the book, it totally worked and I began rooting for them. But at the beginning, it was hard for me to reconcile her spending time thinking about his lips while she and her two younger siblings were in Mortal Peril. I prefer a slow burn to my love stories, and this one was a sunburn that faded to a gorgeous tan.
There's a lot of things left unfinished at the end of the book, but not so much that you're dying for the next book, which I believe is coming out in the next couple of months. It's a short read with a heroine that I just couldn't help but root for!
Elixir Bound is a quest fantasy but not your standard sword and sorcery adventure. Many quests lead to a prize or freedom. The best lead to self-discovery and a new sense of responsibility, maturity, and wisdom. Elixir Bound falls squarely in the latter category. The protagonist is Katora Kase, one of five Kase children, not the oldest nor the youngest. Her father owns a winery and vineyard and guards the ingredients to make an Elixir with amazing properties. However, the supply of Elixir is running low and someone must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to obtain the ingredients. This is not a simple matter of retrieving some nectar. The person who journeys up the mountain to get the ingredients becomes the guardian of the Elixir. Katora sets out with two of her younger siblings, an old family friend, and Hirsten, a young man who may become more than a friend to Katora. Katora and company must overcome physical obstacles and the machinations of a witch who wants the Elixir for her own purposes. Paralleling the physical difficulties are Katora's inner struggles. Does she want to become the Elixir's guardian? Is she really fit to be a leader? Does she love Hirsten?
Carroll tells her story from Katora's point of view and fills the narrative with some evocative descriptions of the forest. The details of the climax, when Katora commits to the guardianship, are surprising, nothing like I expected. While important to Katora's growth and development, the romance is understated and doesn't "get in the way" of the plot. (No, I'm not the target audience for this book.) On the downside, I didn't fully understand why the father sent three of his children off on such a dangerous quest. I also thought the villain let Katora and company off a bit easy. I expected Yeselda to be nastier. Perhaps Yeselda is saving up for the sequel. Give Elixir Bound a read, you'll be enriched from tagging along with Katora on her journey of discovery.
Overall I really enjoyed the world-building. Carroll used enough real world cues to keep things grounded. She kept the fantasy names to a minimum (which always confuse me) and I loved the idea of memory maps! I hope she writes more novels set in this world. I would be very interested to see where more of this story goes!
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