Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1), The

Michael Scott
He holds the secret that can end the world.The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.The records show that he died in 1418.But his tomb is empty.The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protectsâ


Reviewed: 2021-01-23
good first book in the series
Reviewed: 2020-12-01
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have been keeping their immortality a secret for centuries by moving around and changing their identities. In 2007, they live in San Francisco disguised as the owners of a used bookstore. Josh, their newest employee, and his twin sister Sophie encounter the mystical and magical in this bookshop as the Flamels are visited by the infamous Dr. John Dee. The Book of Abraham is the treasure Dee is seeking and the Flamels have this in their possession, using it to make the Philosopher's stone. Throughout the story, the Flamels as well as Sophie and Josh are tested to see whether or not they can prevent the end of the world. Michael Scott does a fantastic job of telling the story of Nicholas Flamel. Before this novel, most readers thought Flamel was a character created by J.K. Rowling, but all of the historical characters in The Alchemyst are real, as are the historical events about which Scott writes. While the story is mainly written for teens who enjoy fantasy, it can also be enjoyed by those interested in history and mythology. The story is well paced and packed full of action, but I have to admit I would sometimes need to take a break from reading due to the fact that I found the main characters of Sophie and Josh unbearable and knowing there would be a wait for the other two titles in the trilogy. Teens might not have this problem, but I don't suggest this novel to the reluctant reader or to one who absolutely hates fantasy and magic. Parents and teachers should have no problem with the content of this book and for those who have problems with the Harry Potter series none of the spells or various types of magic are told in extensive detail which could be recreated by students.
Reviewed: 2019-01-15
Liked but not enough to continue with the series. Similar to Dirty Job, The Geographer's Library, and Ghostwalk. Set in the present in California (a plus) with a brother/sister team trying to save the world.
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