Monday, June 24, 2013

The Birr Elixir Book Review

I am changing up again because I have found I am liking more books than I used to, so hang on while we go on a roller coaster ride of all kinds of books in the next few weeks! One such delight, although I did not know it was a series book, now I will have to get the next one, is a book named The Birr Elixir written by Jo Sparkes!

Marra had never heard of Birr Elixir.  
But when Drail of the Hand of Victory saw the words in an old book, she found herself agreeing to make it. Even lacking the right ingredient. And after drinking it, the Hand of Victory defeated a Skullan team, something no one had ever done before.  
Now Drail walked the path his grandsire had walked, and Marra was offered a place as Brista, his potions mistress. She doubted her ability, but took the chance to escape her slave-like existence.  
When she found a way to wake the mysterious sleeper, Marra wondered if she deserved the title after all. But with Tryst's waking, ill luck and bad things suddenly dogged their tracks.  
Drail, being a man of action, saw only the good in people. Marra lacked his faith, but was frozen by her own timidity. When the time came to confront these enemies, would Tryst stand with them or against them?
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About the Author:
A well-known Century City Producer once said Jo Sparkes “writes some of the best dialogue I’ve read.”
Jo graduated from Washington College, a small liberal arts college famous for its creative writing program, forgot about writing totally, until she had a chance to study with Robert Powell, a student of renowned teachers Lew Hunter and Richard Walter, head of UCLA’s Screenwriting Program.
She has written feature film scripts, scripts for Children’s live-action and animated television programs, a direct to video Children’s DVD, and commercial work for corporate clients. A featured writer on several websites, she was a member of the Pro Football Writers Association and (very unofficially) the first to interview Emmitt Smith when he came to the Arizona Cardinals.
Jo served as an adjunct teacher at the Film School at Scottsdale Community College, and even made a video of her most beloved lecture.
Her book for writers and artists, “Feedback How to Give It How to Get It” has received glowing reviews.
When not diligently perfecting her craft, Jo can be found exploring her new home of Portland, Oregon, with her husband Ian, and their dog Oscar.
Her latest book is the fantasy, The Birr Elixir.
This is a really awesome little story and it's not very long at all. I read it in one night in a few hours so it won't take a lot of time. Although the further I got into the book, I knew there was no way they were going to wrap this book up with a good ending and then I realized it would be a series! But, that is okay, as long as I remember to ask when the next one is coming, I don't have a problem.
I am getting hooked into several story line books like this lately it seems, in all honesty, I have found I like it better that way! Why? Because it means I get to read more about these fascinating people and what they are experiencing and the things that they are seeing. 
Marra may be well on her way to being a Brista (or in our language a healer, etc.) because she works with herbs and stuff to make potions for a variety of reasons. Wouldn't that be lovely if we could just go to the herb store and get what we need versus a doctor and all those expensive medications?
But, back to my thought, Marra is still very naïve. She doesn't really understand people because she never really has been anywhere and at first in the beginning of the book she is very nervous and timid but by the end of this first book, she is sticking up for herself somewhat and not letting people push her around.
She had me a little worried that she would carry out something that she was being forced to do to one of Drail's teammates, but in the end, she decides she cannot betray the man called Tryst or Drail for that matter. Without Tryst, the team has no chance of advancing in the games and eventually making a lot of money.
Ah, but Tryst, is something all together different than what they all think. But, it's not really his fault. He was drugged and they just happen to be in the right place at the right time to save him and so they did and then Marra had to work her magic with her herbs and potions to get him awake. It took them almost 2 weeks to get him awake and when he did wake up, he was one confused young man.
He was very upset to learn where he was and how he was dressed. But, because he looked like them now, he kept his tongue and waited to see who he could trust and who he could not. Before long though, they all became good friends and teammates. Tryst still longed for home and staying with them kept him somewhat safe and he was slowly making his way back home.
Boy, will they be surprised when they realize who he is!
Happy Reading!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. 


adrienne warren said...

ohh you bet I read parnorm and fantasy so much so I find it rather hard to read a book without an elf or vampire or wizard or some thing running around in it somewhere

Wendi said...

yes I do enjoy them very much so. I loose sleep sometimes because I cannot put them down

Klydra Pugh said...

I do enjoy fantasy/paranormal books.
Thanks for the chance