My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Info: May 22nd, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1
How many in Series? 6 books so far.
ISBN: 0385733577 (ISBN13: 9780385733571)
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader's Book Award Nominee (2011)
Iowa Teen Award Nominee (2011)
"He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 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."
I really liked this book. The story plot was clean, there wasn't any objectionable language. The plot was slow, the 300+ pages covered just two days, but it was awesome. So much happened in the those two days. You went from a boy (Josh) working in a book store with his sister working across the street to being on the run and racing to stay ahead of monsters and myths come alive.
I loved how the Author mixed fact and fantasy together. For example, there was a book called "The Book of Abraham" that Flamel (a real person) found. Flamel's tomb is empty and the known history of Flamel and the bad guys are from history.
I started reading last night and could not put it down. I am definitely looking forward to reading the other volumes in the series.
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