The Alchemyst

by Michael Scott
Kindle EditionRead July 20, 2011

Original Release Date: May 22, 2007

Length: 400 pages

Official Description: This is book #1 of the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred 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 and Nicholas Flamel lives. 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. And 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.

My Take:

I have not fully decided how much I liked The Alchemyst & I most likely won’t know until I have finished the second book. I read many reviews that state the writing is awful and there isn’t enough of Mr. Flamel. I feel that the story doesn’t really center around the Alchemist so much as the twins, but he is there and present throughout the story, the twins are an important focal point though (at least in this book). There is a lot of mythology in the story, but as much as I love all mythos, I am not all that familiar with Irish mythology which what is present in The Alchemyst. The writing was ok, it wasn’t horrible but I’m sure it could have been better. I am shocked at how many typos or errors were present, especially since this is a ‘popular book’ with some funding behind the editing. I always like seeing history rewritten to fit worlds created by authors. The story of the Flamels has fascinated so many for years, this story was a new twist to that old legend.


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