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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
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The Alchemyst (2007)

by Michael Scott

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

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Do you like action packed thrillers that pull you in and keep you reading to the very last page? Or high profile fantasy books that seamlessly weave together mythological elements? Well, don't look here. The Alchemist, by Michael Scott, clumsily tries to create a world that incorporates myths from many different ancient cultures. Most of the novel seemed dedicated to world-building, without a clear plot. At about 100-150 pages in, there seems to be no sign of an actual conflict besides the fact that the Flamels have lost their Codex, which has nothing to do with Sophie and Josh, the two main characters. Seemingly, the Flamels try to shroud their intentions in secrecy and keep Sophie and Josh in the dark, making all events seem almost pointless. The plot moved along at such a slow pace that I dropped it when I got about 150-175 pages in. Don't waste your time with this book. ( )
  degrbr14 | Oct 14, 2014 |
This book is certainly not up to Harry Potter standards, but it is enjoyable. Some of the magical ideas are a bit weird (like having every ancient myth actually be based on an "elder race" of beings, some of whom still exist). ( )
  piersanti | Sep 28, 2014 |
So now that I have finished the series I feel it is better to review the series. I hate starting a series with a great book but then it all goes downhill from there. I want to know if the series is worth reading. Never fear, no spoilers in here. I enjoyed the first few books and found the characters to be well developed and likeable. There were a few books in the middle of the series that were less than stellar. They were not horrible but sometimes the books mid story can get a bit slow and these did. The author did a nice job ending the series though. The final books are surprising and fast paced. I enjoyed this series and would recommend it to fantasy/mythology lovers from preteen through adult. ( )
  goth_marionette | Sep 21, 2014 |
I wouldn't say that it's quite as good as Harry Potter, but not bad if you like the historical aspect of how the characters interact. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
I just picked up this book and had no idea what a powerfully active adventure it would turn out to be. ( )
  writercity | Aug 13, 2014 |
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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
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For Claudette, of course
iamque opus exegi
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I am legend.
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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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