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The Alchemyst- The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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He holds the secret that can end the world.

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

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Oct 03,2014
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The Alchemyst is the first book from The Secret of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. The author of the book is Michael Scot. The book is a young adult fantasy fiction.

The Alchemyst is about the legendary French Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel who is hiding and protecting a book called The Book Of Abraham The Mage. The book is the most powerful book that has ever existed. It's contents holds the key to immortality and, in the wrong hands, can also be the destruction of the world. The protagonist, Dr. John Dee, has been looking for the book for centuries but Nicholas and his wife Perenelle Flamel have avoided capture so far.
When twins, Sophie and Josh Newman come to know of this, they are instantly thrown into the world of magic and power unwillingly because they are the ones the Prophecy speaks of, one who will save the world and the other, who will destroy it, but who will be who?
Dr John Dee finally gets hold of the book but thanks to Josh, he is missing two of the final pages, the most important part of the book.

This book is a very exciting, thrilling and suspenseful book. With magical creatures and mythical characters, The Alchemyst had the right amount of everything a fantasy book needs.

The book is set in our time in San Francisco then in France and other mystical places. The events that occur and the people and places the characters interact with are very realistic and convincing. Josh Newman character is very realistic. The way he reacts and acts towards a situation is realistic and you can compare to him.

The plot is very engaging and exciting. The story has a lot of depth and is convincing even if the events are not true. The ending leaves you hanging and makes you eager to read the next book. The author's style, of writing in my opinion, need to improve.

I like the book because the concept and the plot direction is very interesting. The highlight of the book is when Sophie's magic is awaken. The process is so magical, deep and exciting it felt like I myself was there. I would recommend this book to teenagers and adults looking for a magical, fantasy adventure because this is the best book for those looking for those genres. The Alchemyst is a great book filled with suspense, Mystery, jealousy, and magic. It blows you away from the reality of the situation, even though they are not true. I rate this book a three out of five because of its intensity and creativity that the author has put into this book.

Nov 03,2013

This is a good book but as i have read millions of other books like





i think that they are so much better structured but mabye i am just picky.. it had a good sense of humor and good magic ideas...

Mar 13,2013

This is a great book with twists and turns you don't expect.

It's amazing but I don't recommend it for anyone under 10.

Read if you like magic and mystery

Nov 20,2012
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The alchemyst-the secrets of the immortal nicholas flamel is a mythical adventure between two twins of pwer sophie and josh who are raised by normal parents in a normal school in san fransisco whos world changes right when dr.john dee tries to steal the codex from nicholas flamel a bookstore owner has the codex and has been hiding it in his bookstore for the years that he has had it Dr. john dee has summoned mud golems who hide themselves from sight



May 17,2011

On the whole, I really enjoyed this book. For any young adults out there who enjoy the adolescent protagonists, supernatural flair and mythological references of the Harry Potter or The Percy Jackson Series, this book is definately worth a read. 

Towards the end of the story things get a little rushed, as the author starts to introduce new characters and devices at such a late stage in the narrative. It was as if he was trying to cram as many interesting mythological characters and devices into the book as possible. However, despite this, the majority of the narrative was well paced and compelling. 

His uses of mythology in the story were very clever, drawing on quite interesting and usual characters and adapting and depicting them in a fresh way. This is especially true in terms of the villains in the story, and I thought the scenes based around these characters were the most compelling. 

Although it may seem like the story of the Philosopher's Stone, eternal life etc. has been has been interpreted too many times already in too many mediums, the book has enough wit and originality to make the plot seem fresh.

Overall, if the supernatural is your thing, then give this book a go.


Mar 16,2011

I loved this book! It is for people who like fantasy or magical books, and it is set in the present. I would really recommend this book!


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