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The Magician by Michael Scott

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Reason for Reading:
  • I loved The Alchemyst and wanted to read more.

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Summary from GoodReads:

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. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Nicolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. 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 more and more clear.

My Review:

The action never stops in The Magician by Michael Scott.  The Alchemyst left off with Sophie’s powers being awakened, but Josh still being left behind, with huge explosions, the deaths of Elder Beings and all manner of catastrophes following the twins around as Nicholas Flamel seeks to protect them… or does he?

I almost enjoyed The Magician more than The Alchemyst – mostly as a result of Perenelle’s story.  I loved the spooky, creepy feeling I got when I read of her imprisonment in Alcatraz, I loved seeing the events as they unfolded during that time and found myself cheering (to myself, of course) as the story progressed.

The Magician brings more historic names to the plate and does a fantastic job of sticking a bit of education in there with the fanciful, action-packed story.  There’s monsters, a teeny touch of romance, shocking revelations and more in this installment of the story and you can be sure I’ll be back for more with the next book in the series.

 

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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

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Reason for Reading:
  • I keep hearing such good reviews of this series I had to check it out.

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Summary from GoodReads:

The tomb of Nicholas Flamel is empty. The greatest alchemist of his day supposedly died in 1418, but rumors continue to swirl that he continues to walk among us. Could it be true that this magician/chemist has access to the secret of eternal life? Could the Book of Abraham, which he purportedly owns, hold the key to this elixir? If it does, the theft of this single ancient volume could destroy the world as we know it. An exciting tale.

My Review:

Stories that educate and entertain are a big plus in my book, but really – who doesn’t like these type of stories.

I know I am enjoying a book when I pick it up and my first thought on who to recommend the book to is my nephew.  I’m fairly picky when it comes to passing titles his way because I want him to read books worth reading – and The Alchemyst is definitely that.  But I’m also torn – because I want to own this series for myself as well… ahhhh, the pain of being a bibliophile!

I enjoyed Sophie and Josh, I thought they were very accurate portrayals of kids nowadays.  I found their struggle and connection to be believable, even if their circumstances were not.  The added bonus of the characters surrounding them, i.e. Nicholas Flamel and Dr. John Dee, being actual historical figures clinched the deal when it came down to liking the book.

The Alchemyst is filled with adventures, magic, a nicely rounded magic system (another plus), history, mystery and drama.  It’s designed to grip onto the imagination of its reader and not let go until you’ve read the last page, and in this world today of electronic gadgets, television shows, video games and more – that’s a good thing for a book to do.

I plan to finish the series and have a feeling I’ll enjoy my ride through Scott’s world.  I also admit to cackling a bit at the emergence of some very familiar names through the Elders.

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