The Alchemyst - The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Alchemyst, book one.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.
But his tomb is empty.
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.

[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—SLJ, Starred

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress
Hardcover, 400 pages
ISBN-10: 0385612931
ISBN-13: 9780385612937
31 Book Reviews
  • mustache0521
    mustache0521about 8 years55 stars
    i love alcataz
    • wolfy43
      wolfy43about 8 years
      this was an amazing book there were some parts i really liked i thought it was amazing ive told some people about the book
      • mustache0521
        mustache0521about 8 years55 stars
        This book is so much fun to read. I have read this book over the summer and I am now on the 4th book. My mom even enjoyed this book. I would recommend this book to high skilled readers. This is my book review: Sophie and Josh Newman (Twins) were just ordinary people until they met Nicholas and Paranell Flamel. The fate of the world depends on a book called the Codex. However, the Codex was stolen by an evil magician Dr.John Dee. Dr.John Dee comes to realize that two very important pages are missing from the legendary book. The Codex contains the spell of immortality. The twins get caught up in between the war of Dee and the Flamels. There is no turning back and the only way to protect themselves and the flames is to get their powers awakened. What the twins come to realize is that the codex determined their fate long before they were born.
        • spideesilk
          spideesilkover 8 years44 stars
          It isn't the best book, but its still good. I do recommend reading the book. I recently just finished the book and I'm planning to read the whole series.
          • wynn02
            wynn02over 8 years
            Right now I am only 4 chapters in and it is really good so far. It seems really action packed and mystical.
            • lialee1357
              lialee1357over 8 years33 stars
              This book is OK. I only reccomend it to people who can slog through boring chapters, but some parts of the book are actually really exciting. Just don't get to wrapped up in the boring parts.
              • sunshine12345
                sunshine12345over 8 years55 stars
                One of the best books I've ever read in my life; so good. I suggest reading it.
                • maddy4205
                  maddy4205over 9 years44 stars
                  ' "Okay - answer me this: why would anyone want to wear an overcoat in San Francisco in the middle of summer?" Sophie Newman pressed her fingers against the Bluetooth earpiece as she spoke. On the other side of the continent, her fashion - conscious friend Elle inquired matter - of - factly, "What sort of coat?" Wiping her hands on the cloth tucked into her apron strings, Sophie moved out from behind the counter of the empty coffee shop and stepped up to the window, watching men emerge from the car across the street. "Heavy black wool overcoats. They're even wearing black gloves and hats. And sunglasses." She pressed her face against the glass. "Even for this city, that's just a little too weird." ' (Quoted from book) 'The Alchemyst' by Michael Scott is for those who love constant action and suspense. The book is mainly a fantasy, but there are historical figures, such as Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, weaved into the story. In fact, Nicholas Flamel's name on the cover (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) is what drew me to select this book. I've read a few books in which he was mentioned, and soon came to realize that Flamel was not a character in a singular story, but a real person, and I selected the book to find out what personality this author gave him. In the book he is deceptive, and yes, immortal. His deceptiveness is most prominent at the beginning of the story, where he and his wife are disguised as Nick and Perry Fleming. They own a local bookstore at which Josh Newman is employed. Josh's twin sister, Sophie, works across the street at a coffee shop. When Perry visits Sophie at the coffee shop, there is a disturbance in the bookstore, and they both hurry over to see what's wrong. When they enter, they are met with havoc. Dr. John Dee, an ally of the Dark Elders, seeks Flamel's secret to immortality: The Codex. Josh and Sophie realize that the Flemings are not who they say they are while Flamel and Dee are speaking to one another, Dee using magic to pull the book from where it was hidden. Josh seizes the book in a moment of confusion, but then Dee takes the book and Perenelle and leaves. What he doesn't realize, though, is that when he snagged the book from Josh's grasp, two very important pages were ripped from the book, and he is left with only part of what he wants. Nicholas, Sophie and Josh are being hunted, and they don't know who to trust. Flamel has helped them so far, but what exactly are his motives? An exciting part in the story was when Nicholas, Sophie, and Scathatch are struggling to fend off the skeletal army Dee has awakened. Josh is seperated from them, and the fog makes it impossible for them to find each other. It is very suspenseful. My favorite passage, though, was as follows: ' "The girl has one of the purest silver auras I've encountered in many an age. She needs to be taught some spells of personal protection if she is to survive the rest of the Awakening process. The fact that she's still sane and whole these many hours later is testament to her strength of will." ' I liked this passage because it shows just how mentally strong Sophie is, and portrays her as a tough character. I can understand what Josh feels like when Sophie gains her powers. He feels alone, abandoned. I can relate to this because whenever my sisters spend the night at a friend's house, it feels wrong in the house. It just doesn't feel right, and I can imagine how Josh feels through this connection. I highly recommend 'The Alchemyst' by Michael Scott to those who enjoy reading stories filled with action and high suspense. I also recommend this book to people who love history and fantasy, as this book tweaks the personalities of real people and spins them into tales of fantasy.
                  • lioness
                    lionessalmost 10 years55 stars
                    Great plot!
                    • horus
                      horusover 10 years55 stars
                      I also liked the book i had lots of action!