The Alchemyst (by Michael Scott: Juvenile Fiction) © 2007

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Rating: 3/5

Summary: The Alchemyst is the first book in the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Teenage twins Sophie and Josh are plunged into a world of magic and mystery as they quickly discover that Nick, the owner of the local bookstore, is, in fact, the famous Nicholas Flamel. Flamel is hiding a big secret, as well as an ancient book called the Codex. This book, which may hold the key to the destiny of the twins and the fate of the world, has been stolen by the nefarious Doctor John Dee. Dee represents the mysterious and sinister Dark Elders who wish to destroy the human world. According to Flamel, it is up to Josh and Sophie to stop them.

Review:  The first installment in this series is action-packed. This certainly keeps things interesting, especially for a young non-reader. However, action seems to come somewhat to the detriment of character development, leaving the reader somewhat empty. As the characters yet again face possible death, one begins to wonder: so what? The use of famous historical figures is amusing, a sort of wink from the author to the reader. A quick, rollicking read lacking just a bit of depth.

Read-a-Likes (from our collection): Many of recent fantasy series are quite comparable. Those who liked this book would certainly enjoy Rick Riordan’s The Lightning Thief  or Magyk by Angie Sage.

Availability: The entire Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is available at the Lake Bluff Library in the juvenile fiction section as well as in eBook and eAudiobook form on My Media Mall.

Reviewed by: Amelia


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