Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel #1: The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

This book is the first in a series, and I gave it a rating of five out of five. Sophie and Josh are twins, working summer jobs on opposite sides of the street in San Francisco. Their whole world changes when they discover that their bosses are married guardians of The Codex, a book of spells and secrets of the universe. An evil magician named Dee steals the book from them, although Josh rips two important pages from it before it's taken. The rest of the plot finds Dee and evil Elders chasing the guardians and the twins to retrieve the lost pages. There is a large battle during the climax, and a secret is revealed about the twins. It leads into the sequel called The Magician.

The plot involved a great deal of magic and strange creatures, which should delight lovers of the fantasy genre. It was interesting that the Elders were the first creatures on Earth and have existed for millions of years. There were humorous moments to the plot, including a scene where Josh was forced to drive a car because the guardian and his friend didn't know how. Josh couldn't believe that the guardian was the most powerful alchemyst in history, and almost 700 years old, but he didn't have the ability to control a car. There were a number of chases and battles, so the action should hold the interest of most readers.

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