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The Alchemyst

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Scott, Michael (Book - 2007 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Alchemyst


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While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Authors: Scott, Michael, 1959-
Title: The alchemyst
the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 375 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.
Summary: While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Local Note: 1 5 6
ISBN: 9780385736008
0385903723
9780385903721
0385733577
9780385733571
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Report This Jan 22, 2014
  • Doctor_10101 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very good read. I'm impressed with the historical references and mythological elements and characters.

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  • DavidWiz rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Nicholas Flamel, owner of the famous philosopher's stone, lives with his wife of several centuries in New York, where he runs a bookshop. 15 year-old Josh gets a job working for him, and his twin sister gets a job across the street in a cafe. Both jobs end early as the twins get caught up in a confrontation between Nicholas Flamel and the evil magician John Dee. This is a fun and exciting series, but kind of confusing if you know about different mythologies, because this book mixes them all together, with ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic,Hebrew, Norse and Egyptian heroes, villains and gods all sort of interacting as if they were all part of the same story told different ways.

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  • 0Charlie rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I came to this series because of the name Nicholas Flamel (which I had heard of from the Harry Potter series). I enjoyed the melding of ancient magics with modern technology. After waiting several years for all the books in the series, it is strange to look back and realize that the action of the story takes place over 7-8 DAYS (give or take a few milleniums). Recommended for fantasy fiction/mythology readers.

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  • Gurjas123 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love this series it has so much action and fighting it sooooo gooooooooooooooood

Report This Jul 26, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm just finally getting around to this one even though it's been out for a while, but the series has been a regular request by young readers, many of whom seem very excited about it, so a couple of weeks ago when I wanted something to listen to while working around the house I decided to give it a try. It didn't really excite me, and I've been sitting on it all week trying to find inspiration for something to say in a review. This afternoon I decided to gain a little momentum by seeing what others have said in their reviews, and I can see I'm not alone in my lack of enthusiasm. It would be a two-star, "it's okay" rating from my experience and the writing in general, but I'm giving it an extra star because it does have good appeal for the right readers, which I've seen as a librarian.

Report This Jul 24, 2013
  • Dave_Master rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent novel for anyone that likes fantasy/adventure. This book fascinates as it introduces how sorcery, alchemy, magic, etc. could exist in our world now. I'm a teen and it made me a believer.

Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • tessabanessa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Twins John and Sophie are enjoying a summer in California while their parents are on a dig. Both twins are enjoying jobs that seem too good to be true, but all that changes when the book shop Josh works at is attack by weird clay men. Josh and Sophie are swept into the world of a man they know as Nick Flemming, but whose real name is Nicholas Flamel: the 600+ year old alchemist of legend. Confused and scared, Josh and Sophie soon realize their fates may be intertwined with the new world they've discovered, and that they may have untapped power to save the world.. or destroy it. --- Unfortunately I had a really hard time getting into this book. I agree with a lot of these reviews saying that the books was poorly written, but I think the writing got a lot better as the action started to happen. I'm glad I pushed through the first 200 pages because I really enjoyed the end of the book. So let's split up this review. --- The good: The plot is wonderful. I love the historical involvement and the use of legend in this series. I feel like I'm learning through fun! I also really loved the end of the book. I enjoy the idea of magic, which obviously plays a huge part in this series. --- The bad: The beginning was really dry and the action took forever to start. I seriously considered abandoning it. VERY seriously considered it. --- The ugly: There are a lot of part I feel were awkwardly unexplained. For example, why was Sophie staring at people out a window in the beginning, and who the heck is Elle?? I can't really talk about the other things that I was angry with without giving things away. But just know there was 2 more things. --- Conclusion: All in all though I finished the book feeling satisfied. That's why I gave it 4 stars. I would probably give it 3.5 thought, because it's far from a favorite and I probably will never re-read it. I will continue the series though.

Report This May 29, 2013
  • chweeks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved the series, easy read, Pick it up and enjoy, page turner, really like the real character names and mythology.

Report This May 19, 2013
  • JINGNA_1 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

it is an ok book

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Report This Jul 09, 2012
  • Dandoona1999 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is about two fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie, and Josh, who are suddenly thrust into a magical world they know nothing about. Suddenly they are told that they are the ones who fulfill the prophecy, and that there is somebody named John Dee, an alchemist, who will stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from happening. Luckily, they have one person on their side...Nicholas Flamel and his wife support the twins, while they go through a rollercoaster of problems, all because of a prophecy and a book. An ancient book that holds the secret formulas for eternal life.

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  • orr1994 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

this book talks about 2 twin who discover the truth about magic

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Report This Jun 30, 2013
  • tessabanessa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

"No, you're not," he said very quietly, his french accent suddenly pronounced."You are the prisoners of circumstance, of coincidence and chance... if you believe in such things." - Nicholas Flamel, Page 196

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