When I first started plowing through the Elemental Mysteries, and then Elemental World books by Elizabeth Hunter, I was a newb to the wonderment that is “E__Hunter” (That’s her twitter and instagram tag if you want to follow her, by the way… *hint hint nudge nudge*). I contacted her on facebook with some questions about the Irin Chronicles, and noted a lot of people talking about some other series of her.hen I dove into Elemental – wow. Well, if you’ve not done it yet, I haven’t a clue why not. The series is, without a doubt, one of the best series I have ever read.
When I dove into Elemental – wow. Well, if you’ve not done it yet, I haven’t a clue why not. The series is, without a doubt, one of the best series I have ever read, and I didn’t come up for air for ANY other book or series until I went through all of it. But like anything else, when you binge it, you inevitably regret it when it’s over.
So it stands to reason that I would also inhale the novellas, the short stories on her website, and anything else she released to the desperate literary nomad I was, wandering around in a desert of unappealing literature.
I know, you think that sounds dramatic. It is, but it’s true. Though I have since had some really happy forays back into some favorite series, I was desperate for some vampire adventure in a world not so foreign from this one, but entirely not my own either.
When Elizabeth contacted me about reviewing her newest novella, Imitation & Alchemy, I was nervous – I knew things would be changing between some very important main characters, and I didn’t know if I was ready for BENZIN, even though it seemed the characters themselves were always angling towards one another in some odd way, uniquely their own.
This book decided it for me.
Gimme #BENZIN. I want Tenzin to be happy. I want Ben to have direction in a world where he’s never really belonged. I want more Louis moments. (You don’t get it now, but you will when you read this – and you need to read it).
The Elemental stories haven’t come to a decisive end because there is more to be told, and by the direction of this book, we will be seeing it through Ben Vecchio’s eyes. Whether those eyes will be human, or something more, I can’t say. What I can say is that I am ready for another series in this world. It is rare an author can create characters so enchanting, a world so captivating or a plot so enthralling that it could make it through more than a dozen books.
But Elizabeth Hunter can do it – and she does it in spades.
I loved this novella. I loved every stinking minute of it. Though it is not a novel by any stretch, it
was definitely long enough to be delectable and with a full story arc that will take you around the world in under 100 pages.