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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (2007)

by Michael Scott

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Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (1)

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Nicholas Flamel is an alchemyst. His wife Perenelle is a sorceress. Together they protect a book called the Codex which has numerous ancient spells and secrets of the past worlds and people. Sophie and Josh are twins. Josh works for Nick Fleming (Nicholas Flamel) at his book shop. Sophie works across the street at a coffee house. Sophie is working one afternoon when she sees strange looking men enter the book shop. Josh and Sophie are thrust into a magical world that they never knew existed. They are believed to be part of the prophecy that is mentioned in the Codex. Nicholas Flamel must awaken their powers and train them to fight his nemesis Dr. John Dee and the dark elders. Dee works for the dark elders that want to take over the world. This story is full of action and interesting background for the following books, I think. I would have liked to have seen more character development. ( )
  Kay_Downing | Apr 28, 2016 |
Certainly not the best book on the shelf. It seems like a random action movie in book form. However, the one saving characteristic is that unlike most action movies, there is a story behind this. Two twins stumble upon the greatest alchemist of all times, Nicholas Flamel. Because of his appearance in Harry Potter, this book really sparked my interest. Not only is he in Harry Potter, but I learned that he was an actual person who sought to create the philosopher's stone. Basing most of the characters off of mythology and history, this book was really interesting in teaching both mythology and history in a unique and interesting way. This is what Percy Jackson should have been if it were written by someone who was creative and could create his own story. It explores the influence of the past on modern cultures and "myths". The two main characters are kind of useless and are really just spectators which can be annoying, but at the same time one can easily place themselves in their shoes. Unlike the protagonist of most stories who has no training and just falls into a situation and somehow does better than everyone else in it (Luke Skywalker, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter), these kids have no idea what is going on and it feels very realistic. If we were put in a similar situation we'd be confused too and probably not become amazing in two seconds. ( )
  DrPedro | Mar 28, 2016 |
A story that involves fictitious characters like Nicholas Flamel and Perenelle Flamel that dates back to 1330's and Dr.John Dee1515's, all whom are recorded in history as alchemist, mathematician, geographer ,astronomer and astrologer. with amazing lives that the author intertwines with interesting mythological characters as well as human characters Sophie and Josh whom are twins with pure silver and gold auro's that match the and accent book by Abraham of the mage, also know as the Codex that tell of the twins and how they will save or destroy the world as we know it. ( )
  Malynda2 | Mar 21, 2016 |
GREAT!!!!!!! Absolutely loved it! good mix of mythology, legend, and history. ( )
  katieloucks | Feb 26, 2016 |
Twins, Sophie and Josh Newman inadvertently find themselves caught up in the middle of a centuries old struggle between legendary figures and rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee. Flamel and his wife believe that the twins are the ones prophesied about in an ancient book, the only ones that can save the world. The twins are swept up into a world they never knew existed and become aware of magic all around them, and find themselves in the company of- and fighting against- mythical beings. ( )
  danielle.trotter | Feb 3, 2016 |
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The immortal Michael Scott, John Dee and the dark elders have been fighting for a long time for the most magical book ever created. The book of Abraham the mage or the codex. If john Dee and the dark elders has the book in their hands it would be chaos. Josh and Sophie Newman are the twins from the prophecy so that means that they are the saviors of the earth. Josh's aura is pure gold and Sophie's aura is pure silver. while josh and Sophie had gone to hekates shadow realm to be awakened (to use power from your auras). Sophie and josh had to be awakened so Sophie had gone first and as the ending of Sophie's awakening john Dee had started war in hekates shadow realm. hekate had created her shadow realm so her shadow realm was destroyed so she was destroyed with it. hekate had gone too protect her realm without awakening josh and through out the book josh was mad at Nicholas flamel because Sophie's senses were hurting her. After hekates shadow realm got destroyed they went to scatty's, mother the witch of Ojai. john Dee almost gets josh to go on the side with the dark elders but Sophie had convinced him not too. they had teleported to Paris through a leygate to find someone to train Sophie and hopefully awaken josh.
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Een magisch boek wordt gestolen. De twee die één zijn zullen de wereld redden....of vernietigen
For Claudette, of course
iamque opus exegi
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I am legend.
I want you to remember that everything you know—or think you know—about myth and legend is not necessarily false, nor is it entirely true. At the heart of every legend there is a grain of truth. I suspect that much of your knowledge comes from movies and TV. Xena and Dracula have a lot to answer for. All minotaurs are not evil, the Gorgon Medusa did not turn every man to stone, not all vampires are blood drinkers, the Were clans are a proud and ancient race.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385736002, Paperback)

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.

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While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.… (more)

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