The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott
For my second review I wanted to share a book (or rather a series of books) that I really enjoyed reading recently, and that I am sure many teens and maybe even other adults will enjoy.
What initially attracted me to this book was the story line: fifteen year old twins meet a medieval alchemyst and help him in his search for the philosophers stone like codex that is missing some pieces. They are hindered along the way by Nicholas Flamel’s arch-nemesis, John Dee who is also trying to find the complete codex to bring back beings called The Dark Elders. History and fantasy all rolled into one book, what’s not to like!
The first book is fast paced and well written and takes the reader through a mad chase to find the codex, introducing them to a range of historic characters in a new light such as; Bastet from Egyptian history, the Morrigan for Irish legend, and even Yggdrasil – the life tree from Norse legend.
Michael Scott has imagined a story that weaves the fantastical with historic characters with a modern day spin. The Alchemyst certainly pulls the reader into this world and leaves them wanting more, so it is a good thing there are five more books in the series that introduce more historic characters and takes the story around the globe and beyond.
Although in later books some of the writing gets a little bogged down in retelling the story of previous books, a problem with any serialised story, the characterisations and cleaver plot line more than make up for this.
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