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5-Star Review by Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite

… M.R. Neer’s The Elixir of Freedom: The Light Finder Legends, Volume 1 is a visionary fiction work that should appeal to all kinds of readers. … This is a story that warms the heart and, at the same time, it reminds us of the need to appreciate nature. Author M.R. Neer has a vision of the future and it is a beautiful picture. As Ravi goes on a quest to find the light that will transform his world, we are reminded of all the quests that we have to go on throughout our very own lives. 


5-Star Review by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
… This is a really amazing story. I picked up this book, read the first page, and I was hooked. I just could not stop myself. The story is great, the fantastic elements were great, and the characterization was spot on. I loved the plot, how it sprung up and become a giant, living being. It is a well-conceived novel that will stick in your mind and make you think about it long after you have finished reading.

4-Star Review by Ica Iova for Readers’ Favorite

… The Elixir of Freedom by M.R. Neer is a captivating tale of intrigue, love, and danger in a world where fantasy is woven into reality. Gripping, clean, and character-driven, with a unique premise and skilled writing, the story draws you in from the first page and takes you on a magical journey. I liked the idea of fighting the darkness with the light. Deep down we all know that is the only possible way to overcome our fears, doubts, and bigotry. I especially liked Ravi and Verda’s journey to find the light. Through their determination and powerful love for Vik, Ravi and Verda inspire us to examine our own lives and try to find our own internal light that could lead us to a better existence.


5-Star Review by Deepak Menon for Readers’ Favorite
… The Elixir of Freedom by M.R. Neer is full of the stuff legends are made of. …
Well thought out and a fine  book- the  author has really delved  into  family values, bonding with  nature, and  the  goodness of things. With  great finesse, excellent flow  of words, simple  lucid  language, and  exceptional expression, M.R. Neer  has started another legend  in this  incredibly charming tale, …  This book is a classic literary effort and  fully deserves a bouquet of  5 stars.

4-Star Review by J. Aislynn d’Merricksson for Readers’ Favorite

I read this story to my cubs, ranging in age from 6-14. They all enjoyed it, but it was the youngest who most adored it, suggesting to me it is best geared towards ‘tweens’. A seven to twelve age range. Their favourite parts were when Ravi and Verda had to confront illusions while traveling in the misty swamp, and finding the Heart of the Sun. The kids made the rather astute observation that people need the strength of others in order to best overcome adversity. Alone, Ravi and Verda could not overcome their illusions, but they helped one another do so.

Elixir is a fun read, especially for the kids. Seeing their enjoyment as we read the story, well, that’s something priceless. If you or your kids like movies like Warriors of Virtue, or The Neverending Story, or the books of CS Lewis, be sure to check out MR Neer’s Elixir of Freedom!


Five-Star Reviews

The Elixir of Freedom received several five-star reviews from independent reviewers for Reader’s Favorite.

Review in The Fresno Bee
March 27, 2016

Local author offers vision of a better tomorrow

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Fresno’s M.R. Neer has published “The Elixir of Freedom” (Veda Publishing, $11.95) the first in the “Light Finder Legends” series.

Neer says the book falls into the visionary fiction genre and is targeted to teens and adults who are interested in personal growth. The work is fiction, but the author suggests that the vision of a better tomorrow can become a fact.

“The Elixir of Freedom” follows Ravi and Verda on a quest to find the Heart of the Sun, a legendary way to defeat all enemies. Ravi is looking to rescue his twin brother who has been forced to work in the coal mines. The solution comes in the form of an elixir made of sap and sunlight.

Neer, who is a former English teacher and magazine publisher, wrote the book because he believes people remember deep stories more than speeches. The story is a reflection of those who are looking for answers to anything from bad habits to doubts.

The author says the story is a real experience that’s described in all cultures and traditions but is lost in our modern habit of lurching from one problem to another.

The book is available in paperback and ebook at and other online sites.