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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Review: The Warlock by Michael Scott

Publication Date: May 24, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5
Young Adult
Pages: 400
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology

In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.

     With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.
*Purchased this novel of my own accord*
*Note: Because this is the fifth book, there will be spoilers for anyone that had not read the first four books*

The fifth installment of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel had me jumping up and down for ages until I could finally take the book off my shelf, sit down, and read uninterrupted. I'm a die hard fan of this series and this book still knew how to keep me off my toes and surprise me up until the very end. That very last page just knocked my socks off! I was not expecting anything like that cliffhanger. Oh. My. God.

Okay, so we have the twins who've finally chosen sides, Scatty and the group of Immortals are trapped in the past era of Danu Talis, and the Flamels are nearing the end of their days. Not a bad start. While I was reading everything was great up until I got to the segments of Danu Talis. They weren't bad, I just failed to remember the strange shadow realm and the beings that inhabited the area. That was all. So we jump around from point of view to point of view but fails to get messy. It's a delicate balance between the different areas and characters, and moves the story along splendidly.

One thing that I always enjoy with Michael Scott are his descriptions. The details on the auras, how they look and smell. It's just so beautiful and makes me enjoy this story so much more. And how his characters grow, a significant deal of growing from book one I can tell you that much. I remember that I wasn't too fond of the twins in the beginning, but the longer they spent with the Flamels, through all the dangers and magic, the encounters with Immortals and Elders, I grew to relate and understand them and the hardships that they bare. 

Final Summation: A great fifth installment that leads me begging for the final book to this series. Michael Scott really is the master of secrets and cliffhangers because I'm dangling on the tips of my fingers. 

First Line: The anpu appeared first, tall jackal-headed warriors with solid red eyes and saber-teeth, wearing highly polished black glass armor.
Story: S
Cover: S