by Michael Scott
Not to be confused with The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho - notice the title
of this book contains the letter y - here is the first book in a series
called The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. If you haven't already
spotted a reason this book should appeal to Harry Potter fans, you need to
re-read Harry Potter and the Philosopher's/Sorcerer's Stone.
Yes,this is the same Nicholas Flamel who discovered the secrets of turning lead
into gold and coal into diamonds, and who learned how to brew an elixir of
immortality. Rumors of his demise have been exaggerated. The grave were he
and his wife Perenelle were supposedly buried in 1418 was soon dug up and
found empty. And although you know that Dumbledore told Harry the Flamels
were going to die, this book finds them alive, well, and running a book shop
in San Francisco.
Soon after this book finds them there, so does their arch-enemy, the
somewhat younger Dr. John Dee - who was only born in the 16th century, and
who used to cast horoscopes for Queen Elizabeth I. Dee obviously doesn't
need the elixir of life, but he is after something else the Flamels have:
the Book of Abraham the Mage, otherwise known as the Codex. This magical
book, dating back to the dawn of human civilization, contains knowledge that
could bring back the ancient gods (also known as the Elder Race) and end the
world as we humans (or humani) know it.
Dee nicks most of the book and Perenelle. The only thing stopping him from
destroying modern civilization is the handful of pages he left in the grip
of a terrified teenager named Josh Newman. Now Flamel, Josh, his twin sister
Sophie, and a relatively young Elder named Scathach (Scatty to her friends)
must quickly prepare
to defend themselves against attacks by Dee and the older, stronger, darker
forces he serves.
Prepare for a primer on world mythology, wrapped up in a thrilling adventure
with magical battles, bizarre creatures, and a couple of scared kids who are
only just beginning to learn about the power in store for them. For it is,
after all, only the beginning of a series. Though it isn't quite in the top
tier of fantasy-adventure books - one could, for example, fault it for a
certain repetitiveness - it is enjoyable enough to ensure that I'll be
reading book two, The Magician.
Recommended Age: 12+
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