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Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: The Sorceress by Michael Scott

Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3
Young Adult
Pages: 488
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology


Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

     But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.

     If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.
*Purchased this book of my own accord*

Things are really heating up in book three, that you can count your lucky stars on. The Flamel's are growing weaker with each passing day that Nicholas and Perenelle cannot rejuvenate themselves, Sophie and Josh are in dire need of learning the third elemental magic of water, and Dee is still plotting destruction for his own merit. The Sorceress keeps the ball rolling.

I find myself fascinated with the world of Elders and the Flamels. All of the countless gods and goddesses, the Elders, from all different mythologies around the globe, different Immortal historical figures (e.g., Machiavelli, Joan of Arc, Gilgamesh) and the side of good or evil that they choose--I adored it all. Even the places spanning the globe, Michael Scott's Nicholas Flamel series has it all packed into an explosive story regarding the twins  of prophecy, Josh and Sophie. Even the determination that flares in each and every character, god, historical figure whether good or evil helped bring each and everyone to life right alongside the unique voice they all have. Most of the narrative is focused on Perenelle Flamel's fight inside Alcatraz and the learning of the water magic for both Josh and Sophie. I would expect to find more of the story being focused on Perenelle since the book title is based off of her this time.

Though the book does get you pumped up for the fourth installment of this series, it still is a great book none the less. With a ton more character development, some interesting Immortal characters taking the stage in this book that had me excited. Another race, the Archons are introduced in this book should make for greater plot development in the last few books. I had enjoyed everything that was thrown at me in this novel. Michael Scott branches everything out, not throwing too many people into his story at once, and gives them a whole different window of opportunity in these action packed, race against the clock novels. I have yet to be disappointed by all the fun in these novels.

Final Summation: THE SORCERESS keeps the blood pumping and the story flowing smoothly. Perenelle is looked at in a different light during this installment of the series. One of my favorite Immortals shows up and leave my jaw hanging in glee. A fine third novel in this series.

First Line: "I think I see them."
Story: S
Cover: S
Check out my reviews for the other novels in the Nicholas Flamel series:*