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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4

A war is brewing with powerful forces on all sides. The problem is that the Twins of Legend, Josh and Sophie Newman, don’t know who to trust.

Dr. John Dee has one job: to find the twins and retrieve the last two pages of the Codex of Abraham the Mage. But when he fails, his Master Elder declares him an outlaw and announces the bounty on his head through all the Shadowrealms. All Dee has left is his skill at manipulation, the four Swords of Power, and the majority of the Codex pages. With that, he holds small hope that he might craft some plan to save his skin.

Josh and Sophie have begun their training in the Elemental magics, but they’ve begun to doubt their mentors, the Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel and his Sorceress wife Perenelle. The immortal Gilgamesh warned the twins that the Flamels had experimented with other twins in years past. In fact, the silver and gold auras of hundreds of twins had failed to survive the Flamels’ meddling.

Too many people want the twins on their side, and even Josh and Sophie have begun to disagree about which team they should join. The Flamels are aging fast and need the Codex back before their immortality runs out and they shrivel and die. Bad guys (John Dee, Billy the Kid and Machiavelli) and good guys (Saint-Germain, Palamedes and William Shakespeare) alike are on the run for their lives from the angry Dark Elders, while loved ones Joan of Arc and Scathatch have been trapped amid the perils of prehistoric Earth and desperately need to escape. With everyone trying to save their own skin, who has the purest motives and the twins’ safety at heart?

The weight of the world rides on the twins. To survive, they’ll need to follow their hearts and protect and trust one another, because, at the end of the day, everyone wants something from them, or wants them to do something, or wants them to be something they aren’t. Their only responsibility is to each other, and if they can’t give each other that, then the world as they know it is doomed.

This fourth book in the series has all the tension and backstabbing of previous installments, but left this reader desiring more of the fantastic action and battles that were so enjoyable in the past. However, it does set things up for bigger drama, and even though some might call it a typical “doldrums” middle novel, lovers of the Alchemyst can’t afford to miss the important developments in the story.

Michael Scott, a master of the genre, continues to weave together legendary characters from across time into one story that explains them all. Is any mythology safe from his creativity?! So fire up your Google and Wikipedia and get ready for an insanely fun mixture of gods, goddesses and ancient relics from the Aztecan, Greek, Irish, Egyptian, American and Viking mythologies (including Midas, Medusa, Gorgon, Virginia Dare, Hel, saber-toothed tigers, the Viking god Odin and his deadly ravens, and so many more).

This thrill ride is going somewhere awesome. You won’t want to miss it.

Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens on May 25, 2010

The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4
by Michael Scott

  • Publication Date: April 26, 2011
  • Genres: Fantasy
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ember
  • ISBN-10: 0385735324
  • ISBN-13: 9780385735322