Monday, July 16, 2012

Review: The Magician by Michael Scott

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)Title: The Magician
Author: Michael Scott
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date: June 24th 2008
Pages: 461
Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology
Series: The Secrets of Nicolas Flamel #3
Source: Hardcover

Goodreads Summary:


In the hands of Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, the book of Abraham the Mage could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. The most powerful book of all time, it holds the secret of eternal life—a secret more dangerous than any one man should ever possess. And Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power.

His only obstacle? Josh and Sophie Newman—who are eight thousand miles away.


After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenelle is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year—their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming clearer and clearer.

It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic.

Fire Magic.

And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star.

Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope—if they don’t turn on each other first.

I loved this book. It held so much more for me than the first. The story is really unfolding and I want more.

This book had so much going on, it was non-stop from the beginning for me. Nicolas, Scatty, Sophie, and Joshua go to Paris looking for another immortal, Perenelle is locked away in Alcatraz, and John Dee meets up with another villain, Machiavelli. So much is going on, my head was spinning, but in a good way. Really action packed full of magic, mythology, and some crazy monsters. I didn’t think it could get crazier, but it does.

The writing is just so amazing. I love the different point of views the story is told from. It really adds to the excitement to know what is going on in everyone’s head and what lies ahead for all the characters. The world building is so creative and written so vividly, I found it hard to get my head out of the book.

So many more characters were introduced in this book. This is one of the things I love about this series. The characters are just too wild. In this installment we meet Counte de Saint-Germain, Joan of Arc, and Niccolo Machiavelli. All great characters and add so much more depth to the story. The introduction of so many amazing characters is what keeps me going with these books. The character building is just phenomenal.

Michael Scott is an exceptional author who weaves together an awesome story that keeps me captivated with every word.


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