Thursday, January 6, 2011

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by 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 protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.
Sometimes legends are true.
And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

Yay! Another series about magic that I can follow and be excited about! I love books like this, books that mix ancient magic and the modern day world. Think Rick Riordan.

I really enjoyed the idea of the elder race in this book. It's something I've never seen before in a book, and I love when things are original. There are a lot of book series these days that have similar plot lines, which can get kind of obnoxious, or maybe that's just me.

Another thing I really liked was how Sophie and Josh interacted, I'm glad that they were siblings who actually liked each-other, it would have been annoying to read about two siblings who fought the entire book. I also thought that Dee was a great villain, you hated him but you could still see his motivation for doing the things he did and that Nicholas Flamel, was it just me or did he seem a little shifty at times?

I'm interested to see how this series turned out, it seems like it will be a fun ride.
Plot: 5/5
Characters: 4/5
Cover: 2/5
Ending: 3/5

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