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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Review: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1
Released: May 22, 2007
Publisher: Random House
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 375
Genres: Fantasy, Thriller, Mythology

The Truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is d 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. Human Kind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and John Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.Sometimes legends are true.And Sophie and John Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
I really enjoyed this book. It really makes you question the duration of the book and the true essence of a full day and how much can be accomplished or taken away. Throughout my reading of this book Sophie and Josh really grew on me, not because I'm a teenager who can relate with a similar age, but more so because of their reactions to all of the actions that had been thrust upon them. 

Great characterization from everyone in the story, they all sucked me into their universe and i have yet to return to my own.

Another thing that i enjoyed about the book was how every character (besides the twins) has a history and you can actually research them: Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, Dr. John Dee, ect. I found it was extremely fun to look up all the Immortals even the Elders: Hekate, The Morrigan, The Witch of Endor, even Bast. I always enjoy putting in extra research, it makes the book more memorable in a way.

One thing theme that i felt was incorporated nicely was trust. I felt, while reading, that trust is really something that is really easy to give when your surroundings change and someone is there to help guide you through them. But once you become informed, the trust begins to disintegrate. Along with the trust theme was the power of guidance brought about by Nicholas and Dee.   
Four targets slayed