Wimborne Minster is an alchemist in search of the
Philosopher’s Stone, which will bring health and eternal
salvation to the alchemist who discovers it. One day he
accidentally spills potion on his skin, causing burning and
great pain. The potion also brings renewed youth to Julian,
who is fifty years old. His muscles and skin are renewed.
He’s also randy as a bull.
transformation, members of Julian’s household crowd into his
workshop. Among those people is Mistress Phillipa of
Wareham. Phillipa is a widow. After her husband died, Julian
took her in as his chatelaine. In his newly transformed body,
Julian turns to Phillipa for sexual release. She gives
herself to him, even if he is a bit rough at times.
As word of
Julian’s potion spreads, his older male residents ask to be
transformed. Julian reluctantly agrees, and then turns the
potion into a nice side business.
brews, however, when the king hears of the potion. He summons
Julian to court and orders him to make his army young and
strong. Then the king decides that he wants Julian to turn
his powers to more profitable pursuits, like filling his
coffers with gold.
is not your typical love story. At first, I had a hard time
liking Julian, who seemed harsh and uncaring, wanting only
physical passion from Phillipa. I termed his potion as the
medieval version of the little blue pill, causing insatiable
physical hunger in a man. But the more I read, the more I
liked him. I was pleased when he found out for himself that
love is more than just physical attraction.
interesting solutions to King Henry’s demands made me laugh
out loud. Phillipa’s obvious caring nature added a great deal
to this book. I loved the way she stood up for the women in
the story, whom she felt were abused by the men’s rampant
sexual needs. Alchemist’s Potion is a poignant
historical tale that will delight readers.