by Katie L. Carroll
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Published: Aug. 28, 2012
Katora Kase is next in line to take over as guardian to a secret and powerful healing Elixir. Now she must journey into the wilds of Faway Forest to find the ingredient that gives the Elixir its potency. Even though she has her sister and brother, an old family friend, and the handsome son of a mapmaker as companions, she feels alone. It is her decision alone whether or not to bind herself to the Elixir to serve and protect it until it chooses a new guardian. The forest hosts many dangers, including wicked beings that will stop at nothing to gain power, but the biggest danger Katora may face is whether or not to open up her heart to love.
Katora Kase's father had been the guardian of the healing elixir for many years. Now that elixir is almost gone. It's time for new guardian. Katora's father asks Katora to make the journey deep into Faway Forest to collect the flowers that make up the elixir. She would have to decide along the way if she would willing to be the next guardian of the elixir. She was to take with her Kylene and Bhar, her younger brother and sister, as well as Hirsten, the son of the town's mapmaker. In addition, Palafair, an anni demick who served as the households servant also went on this quest.
There were many unforeseen events and enemies that the travelers had to deal with in their journey to find the flowers. This led to many plot twists and turns that kept the reader interested.
All the way through the book Katora tried to deal with the idea of becoming the guardian of the elixir and all that it would mean. How would she be wise enough to use the elixir for good? How to keep the elixir out of the hands of those who would cause harm to others so that they could have the elixir for themselves? She knew she didn't have to take on the guardianship of the elixir but then what would happen if she didn't? Her father had told her to follow her heart and that she would know at the right time what to choose. I liked that the struggle in the decision was not an easy one and not one that someone could tell her what to do. It was a decision that she had to make for herself.
She also had to deal with her growing feelings for Hirsten. The more time she spent around him the more her feelings grew for him. Then when he announced that he loved her, she didn't know what to do with that information. It was fun to watch Katora learn to allow her emotions to be shown on the outside instead of always holding them within herself.
Elixir Bound is an imaginative fantasy novel that many will enjoy. There were a good number of fanciful creatures within the book. If you enjoy books of fantasy you should enjoy Elixir Bound. I rated it 4 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the author who provided a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
Katie L. Carroll is a mother, author, and editor. Her YA fantasy ELIXIR BOUND has been described as “The Lord of The Rings with a YA fiction twist.” She is also the author of a picture book app called THE BEDTIME KNIGHT. Her latest project is a collaborative, serialized middle grade mystery called THE GREAT CONNECTICUT CAPER, which is being released chapter-by-chapter starting in January 2015 and can be read at http://ctcaper.cthumanities.org/get-ready/.
Katie worked as a puzzle magazine editor for Penny Publications for eight years before becoming a book editor for MuseItUp Publishing.