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Friday, 19 August 2011

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Title: The Alchemyst
Author: Michael Scott
Pages: 369
Publication Date: May. 22nd, 2007
Back Cover: 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.
First Lines: "OK- answer me this: why would anyone want to wear an overcoat in San Fransisco in the middle of summer?"

My Thoughts: From the very first chapter, the action began. The character's emotions are so unstable in this book. The jealousy, anger and love from one character to another change because of the smallest, insignificant things. Even though some people might find this bad or weird, this just adds more thrill and suspense to the book, because you always have to second guess what a character will do.
The plot is full of twists, and some are very original and creative. Some of the use of the ancient artifacts as weapons was great and the history of ancient times and gods added some kick to this book.
Even though the two main characters Josh and Sophie got very annoying sometimes, some of the other characters such as Scathatch and Hekate added some real interest in this book. Whilst it was not one of the best books I have ever read, I actually quite enjoyed it.
Rating: 3/5


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