(Cover picture courtesy of Michael Scott’s website.)
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 said that 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. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.
Sometimes legends are true.
And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
Do you love mythology? History? Fast-paced adventure? Then this is certainly the novel for you!
Michael Scott masterfully intertwines history and legend together to create an action-packed, magical thriller that will keep you reading until the early morning hours. This great start to a superb series combines elements of Greek, Roman, Norse and Egyptian mythology to create a believable, magical universe.
Up until the end of the novel, everyone’s intentions seem clear to Josh and Sophie Newman. But everything is not so clear by the end as they begin to realize nothing is in shades of black and white anymore. They discover powers they never knew they had, meet figures of legend and learn a lot about themselves. Filled with interesting points on life and plot twists, The Alchemyst is a highly recommended read.
I give this book 4/5 stars.