Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Review: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)Title: The Alchemyst  Author: Michael Scott
Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
Publishing Date: May 22nd 2007
Pages: 375
Genre: Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Series: The Secrets of Nicholas Flamel #1
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:

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.

I picked this book up to read because it was a book club read for the library. I wasn’t sure how it would go and couldn’t decide if it would be my kind of book or not. I was actually pleasantly surprised in the end.

The beginning of the book was a little slow for my but once it picked up it was pretty amazing. Once we got to know the characters, it just took off and was full of non stop trouble, thrills, and surprises.

I knew who Nicholas Flamel was and I knew a little about his story, but only a little, so this book was refreshing for me. I loved the idea of the immortals and elders. I enjoyed reading the spin on mythical creatures such as vampires and I really enjoyed reading about the mythology aspects.

This book has an amazing set of characters and there is a bunch. We have of course Nicholas and his wife, John Dee, Josh and Sophie (the twins), and many many more characters to enjoy. It’s really hard for me to say which character stands out because they are awesome at different times. I do love Scatty the vampire though. She is fun, quirky, loyal, and can really kick some butt. I also like the twins. Sophie and Josh are thrown into a world that makes them question everything they were ever told and knew but they handle it quite well. They both act with bravery and a bit of maturity for their age. I appreciated the loyalty they have for each other.

Overall it was a very adventurous read. I can’t wait to see where this story takes me.


1 comment:

  1. I picked this book up as a free download for Kindle quite a while ago. I think I started it once, but didn't know about its content. Excited to see it is just a slow start and will give it another chance. Thanks for the review!


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