The Book Worm: Review: Imitation and Alchemy

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review: Imitation and Alchemy

Book Review: Imitation and Alchemy, by Elizabeth Hunter


All Ben Vecchio wanted was a quiet summer before his last semester of university. Was that too much to ask? All Tenzin wanted was a cache of priceless medieval coins that had been missing for several hundred years. And some company. Phrases like “never again” don’t mean much when you’ve been a vampire for several thousand years. And promises made in the heat of anger don’t always outweigh the lure of gold. Ben Vecchio thought he knew everything there was to know about the immortals of Italy. But when Tenzin tempts him into another adventure, finding a cache of rare gold coins missing since the nineteenth century, he’ll discover that familiar places can hold the most delicious secrets. And possibly the key to his future.
Ben and Tenzin are back in an all-new novella in the Elemental Legacy series.
Genre: paranormal fiction

Publishing date: January 2016

Offensive content: this is a story involving vampires, so there's some inherent violence. Nothing else other than that.

Review: This is the second novella in the the Elemental Legacy series, by Elizabeth Hunter. Elemental Legacy follows Elemental Mysteries, which you should not miss if you love paranormal/vampire novels (I reviewed A Hidden Fire, book 1 of the Elemental Mysteries here and it's still a free download for Amazon Kindle if you want to give it a try). The first novella in the Elemental Legacy series is Shadows and Gold, and I've also reviewed it here before (check it here). 

Imitation & Alchemy is, in my opinion, better than Shadows and Gold, in the sense that is more fast paced, and some of the dialogs between Tenzin and Ben are downright funny. But it suffers from a few downsides: it can't in any way be read as a stand alone book, because you'll miss most of the references to the other characters. To understand it fully, more than reading Shadows and Gold, you actually need to read the Elemental Mysteries series. And then, I'm getting a bit tired of all these novellas. While I find the idea of a short story somewhat gratifying (you can read this in an afternoon and move on to another book) and I get that sometimes authors want to write prequels to their book series, a second novella disappointed me a bit. I was hoping for a full sized book by now, and instead I fell like I'm reading a story in short installments and I'm more baffled than ever about where Tenzin and Ben are going to end up. 

So, Imitation and Alchemy will account for a couple of well spent hours. If you love paranormal/vampire stories and if you've read at least part of the Elemental Mysteries books before, you certainly need to read this one. But I really, really want a full sized Elemental Legacy novel coming my way one of these days!

Happy readings,

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