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Imitation and Alchemy

(Elemental Legacy #0.5)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  2,150 ratings  ·  175 reviews
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
ebook, 136 pages
Published January 27th 2016 by Elizabeth Hunter
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Elizabeth Hunter
Nov 24, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
They're baaaack!

Imitation & Alchemy is posting right now on my blog New chapters every Saturday. I'll be posting through the holidays before I pull it for editing.

Hope you enjoy! And also feel free to check out the new Elemental Legacy pinterest board at: where I'm posting pictures as I write.
The LitBuzz
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone!
Elementally Speaking… #BENZIN: It’s a Thing
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 hers.
Then I dove into Elemental – wow. Well, if you’v
This Literary Life
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I got this book for my honest opinion, and I honestly loved it. First, let me say that I am a massive fan of Elizabeth Hunter's work. I just want to crawl in her brain and live there for a while, the stories and characters that she weaves into our world are so breathtaking. I have been anticipating Ben and Tenzin's story for quite a while, so I was more than happy to get my hands on Imitation and Alchemy. As I began this book, I was eased back into the elemental world that I love. This book was ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that seeing Ben grow throughout so many Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World books and discovering Tenzin's secrets along the way made me as a reader extremely comfortable and extremely attached to these two.

As a result this powerful and enigmatic duo is so alive, familiar and cuddly, you just read about their escapades with a big smile on your face.

The events of Imitation & Alchemy takes place a year after couple's adventure in China. This time the setting is very romantic, su
Dec 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elizabeth-hunter
Elizabeth Hunter returns to her Elemental World with a wonderful novella about two of her most loved characters, Ben and Tenzin. Benjamin Vecchio, human, adopted nephew of powerful vampire, former mercenary and assassin, Giovanni Vecchio, is persuaded to spend part of his summer break in Italy by his uncle's former mercenary partner and ancient vampire, Tenzin. A collection of antique gold coins owned by the vampire head of Naples has been stolen, and Tenzin, contracted to find them, wants Ben t ...more
I don't even know why I bother writing more then one line for any Elizabeth Hunter review. Because every single one of her books can be summarized in one word, actually: Amazing!

"Imitation and Alchemy" is no exception. This "Elemental Legacy" novella follows Ben and Tenzin on their trip to Italy. Rome, Naples, Venice...sounds like a great vacation. But nothing involving Tenzin is that easy. Instead, it usually ends with illegal activities, possibly one or two vampire deaths and mortal danger- at
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was thrilled I was able to read this book as an ARC, thru my Facebook group All books by Elizabeth Hunter.

I loved the entire series, and I've read them all at least twice. lol the characters are now old friends, and I have have been there to take each journey with them. The Elemental Mysteries series, and The Elemental world Legacy series, are my first loves. The novellas are small snacks , but are certainly filling. this This one will not disappoint!!

Ben, Tenzin are fast friends from the be
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for a honest review, and I have to admit I was so excited that I stayed up until 2am reading it. I've enjoyed all of the novels and novellas in Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental Series. I love the multitude of characters and the carefully woven relationships between them. What I love most of all is the strong female characters, no wishy washy, weak wallflowers here. (Something that I feel is lacking in a lot of Paranormal fiction.)

I was sucked into this story from the v
Elizabeth Arrowood
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"She used her looks to her advantage, but no matter what expression Tenzin wore, Ben saw the millennia when he looked into her eyes."

Wow. I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Hunter, and I've been following her Elemental Mysteries spin-off series' as she writes them. She is a consistently excellent storyteller, and her books are great, but she REALLY hits her stride in novellas.

I'm delighted that the Elemental Legacy series will be novellas.

This novella takes us on another one of Ben and Tenzins adventur
What to say about Elizabeth Hunter? I think Yoda can help me with that one

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I had to triple check this review as at nearly every sentence there was I love this, I love that.

Once upon a time….

In modern day Los Angeles.

A small air vampire floated into the room and over the library table, blocking his notebook. She settled on his textbook and waited silently for Ben to acknowledge her. He glanced up at Tenzin for a second before he shook his head. “Nope”

But Ben can’t ignore Tenzin
Douglas Meeks
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why in my mind I seem to have this corner of my brain that says Elizabeth's books are nice but dull. I wonder where this came from since none of her books have ever really fit that description, maybe it is the fact she takes the time to let a story build into an intricate plot that I end up loving even with the slow start.

This book is pretty much exactly that kind of book, it is a slow start building to a really great story while throwing us hints randomly as to what the future mi
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Once again Elizabeth Hunter takes me away to another world filled with magnificent characters that come to life on her pages. No story synopsis from me, just leave it say this novella featuring Tenzin and Ben perfectly sets the stage for her new spin off series in the Elemental World. While this book can be read as a stand only you would be selling yourself short not to read, at the very least, The Bronze Blade, which tells Tenzin's story and is one of my favorite books. It's such a treasure to ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
Of course, I need to start with a disclaimer. I received an advanced copy of this book. As per usual, I tried to pay with my first-born son, and as per usual, Elizabeth Hunter cruelly denied my offering. It's almost like she has no idea how much fun almost 4-year-old boys are.

This is the second in the spin-off Elemental Legacy series and it features my second favorite Elemental World character: Tenzin. (My heart will always and forever belong to Carwyn...sigh...)


Because this is a book by
Melinda Martin
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
**I have been given an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Elizabeth Hunter has once again worked her magic, taking us on a journey to Italy with Ben and Tenzin (aka #Benzin) in a search for stolen ancient coins. No adventure is ever dull with Tenzin involved, and this story is no exception. Ben is sexy, charming, and is easily growing into a swoon-worthy hero. Through a balance of witty banter and shared friendship, watching the growth of these two characters, individually and as
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am IN LOVE! This is yet another great addition the the Elemental family. I love all thing Elizabeth Hunter and this book did not disappoint. The relationship between Ben and "Tiny" (I really love that nickname) is so engrossing that I crave more when the book is finished. I cannot wait for the next installment of this series to see what's next for this bombshell duo. If you haven't read any of Ms. Elizabeth's books I suggest you rectify that right now. Start with the Elemental Mysteries, Hidde ...more
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Ben and Tenzin are the perfect partners. Their journeys and events are always intense and sometimes quite funny. Their banter keeps you on your toes and I love reading their adventures because you feel like you're right there with them! Ben was confused about his place and what he wanted. But Tenzin gave him that push to get away and through this mission together he discovered his true place in his life. The ending was brilliant and heart warmi ...more
Tamika♥RBF MOOD♥
ARGH!!!! The UST is killing me. These two are perfect together. I enjoy seeing Ben & Tenzin together again. On another adventure where Ben has to be extremely cautious or end up dying or something because of Tenzin. Not really, she would never let her person die. We see Ben struggling to find his place in a world where he's to weak for one, or not satisfied in the other. I like how Tenzin allows Ben to come to close at his own. She gives him the space to breathe, to be a adult, and to figure thi ...more
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's really hard to make a novella feel as rich and layered as a full-length novel, but Elizabeth Hunter makes it seem effortless and natural. I love these characters, I love the amount of world-building and research that went into their world, and I love the complete adventure they took in this story. This book, like everything Elizabeth Hunter writes, is beautifully written and totally satisfying. ...more
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alright enough with the prequels, wonderful-author-lady. They're fun, they've set a great tone, and they certainly wet the appetite, but I neeeeeeeeeeeeed full length stories about Ben and Tenzin.

Please? :)

Thank you? :)
Ben Vecchio, in his final year of college, struggles to define his life choices. That's certainly common for any twenty-two year old, but Ben has never been "common." From his beginnings as a pickpocket to his adolescent upbringing with the immortal Giovanni, he straddles both the vampire and the human world. While the action and violence that Tenzin attracts is exciting and their banter is humorous, the tender "father-son" moments with Gio were my favorite. ...more
Danielle Barnes
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just so good!

I have loved this entire series, but for some unexplainable reason, the Ben and Tenzin journey is my favorite. So excited to keep on reading!
What a difference it makes to read this series in print rather than listen on audio. Avoiding the narrator who essentially ruined it for me has really freed me up to enjoy the story.

The adventures of Tenzin and Ben just keep entertaining - the strategy, the politics, the way Ben is so calm under pressure, the way Tenzin is changing and those little glimpses of her past. Ben's ever changing job title had me laughing out loud.

It will be interesting to see how this relationship plays out. As usual
Nov 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am glad that Elizabeth is doing a few novellas before she writes a full length book for the Elemental Legacy series. For one thing it is aging Ben which needs to be done for a few reasons. He’s still in his early twenties while Tenzin is…well older. It’s kind of a huge age gap to accept. It’s also giving him time to mature and become his own man. Two it helps me get use to the idea of Ben and Tenzin together. It’s not that I don’t think they should get together more like I see their relationsh ...more
Sarah Leenart
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
To say that I get excited every time something new gets released in Elizabeth Hunter's Elemental World would be an understatement. I'm pretty sure this is my absolute all time favourite fictional world. That this is Ben and Tenzin makes it even more exciting. Tenzin is as always, at times delightfully cute and others completely terrifying, always interesting and as ever unpredictable. I would love to know what she sees in the future for herself and Ben or is it one of those occasions where she i ...more
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Ms Hunter’s ability to spin worlds from the closely packed microfilaments of her abundant imagination stupefies the senses and tickles the tender parts of the reader’s intelligence. Elizabeth Hunter’s world-building is so uncommonly spectacular, it’s apparent she’s become a standard to which other writers must reckon by. She continually outdoes her previous installments, and Imitation and Alchemy maintains and expands on that trend. It’s not a romance, per se, but everything about it ...more
Marianne Boutet
Lovely, lively sequel to Shadows and Gold. ...more
Charity Chimni
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love the dynamic between Ben and Tenzin! This installment was amazing. Ben is growing and starting to understand their dynamic and his wants for the future. I can't wait for their adventures to continue while their relationship grows. Another awesome hit from Elizabeth!!!! ...more
Snow White
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, 2017, vampires
Location: Naples and Venice, Italy
Elizabeth Williams
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Hunter truly knows how to write an engaging story. This latest edition of the adventures in the Elemental World will not disappoint you if you have enjoyed her other books. If you have not forayed into this series yet, then you are missing out on a spectacular world that is well developed with captivating characters. Although I would recommend beginning with A Hidden Fire, this book does not require any background knowledge of this world. Elizabeth Hunter does a superb job catching up ...more
Kristi M
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again we return to the magical and mystical world of The Elemental Series. The novella, Imitation and Alchemy by Elizabeth Hunter focuses on the developing personal and professional relationship between Benjamin Vecchio, adopted nephew of Giovanni Vecchio, and Tenzin. If you haven’t had the chance to read The Elemental Series it is highly recommended (as well as her other series), but will not stop you from enjoying this story. Elizabeth Hunter does a fantastic job of introducing the charac ...more
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ELIZABETH HUNTER is a USA Today and international bestselling author of romance, contemporary fantasy, and paranormal mystery. Based in Central California, she travels extensively to write fantasy fiction exploring world mythologies, history, and the universal bonds of love, friendship, and family.

She has published over thirty works of fiction and sold over a million books world-wide. She is the

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“You’re greedy for time, Ben Vecchio.” Ben stayed silent. “Time,” Zeno said, “is the true treasure of this life. And who is more greedy for time than those of us clinging to the dark?” “You told me once you didn’t want to become a vampire,” Ben said quietly. “I didn’t!” Zeno said, sorting papers into a pile that he carefully placed in a grey document box. “I didn’t want to be a vampire. But that didn’t mean my sire was an idiot.” Zeno winced. “Unfortunate that I killed him before I knew that wasn’t strictly allowed. But he knew I’d come to terms with it.” “Why?” “Because I was a thief!” Zeno said with a grin. “And a gambler. And because in the end, my sire helped me pull off the greatest heist of my life. I stole time.” ❂” 1 likes
“Ben smiled his sweet, lazy grin and turned them in another circle. It was a crystal moment. A balmy summer night in Venice, the water lapping quietly at the dock as a beautiful boy danced with her under colored lanterns. A slow turn and whirl that reminded Tenzin she was alive. After everything… she was alive. She tucked the dance into a corner of her mind, next to the scattering of other crystal memories. A baby’s laughter. The feeling of stars inside her. A gentle brush of paint over bare skin. A familiar face stamped on the boy in front of her. An unexpected dance on a warm summer night.” 0 likes
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