The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist 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.
©2007 Michael Scott; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two." (Publishers Weekly)
The story is very imaginative and the inclusion of historical facts with a creative twist was very entertaining. I loved Scott's vision of how some historically significant individuals would fit into the modern world!
The writing was somewhat awkward at points and occasionally repetitive but I don't regret listening to it at all. I enjoyed it enough to drive my boyfriend crazy by talking about it all the time :)
Just finished book 4 no end in sight....One cliff hanger after another. There is a book 5 and from the reviews that is not the end. By book 3 it become repetative which is a shame because I really liked the 1st 3 books....
Not really much depth in this series...it reads very much like a TV show.
That said, sometimes you are in the mood for TV! I am an older reader, so I might be a bit skewed. Maybe my review would be different if I was a teen.
If you are looking for something to pass the time on vacation or a road trip this series would be a good one.
Smarter more believable characters...the boy twin is remarkably dense, even for a teen aged boy.
We didn't finish listening to it. We ( 2 adults and a 15 year old trapped in a car on a long drive) agreed to just stop the story.
This is a good series. It's in the kids section so be forewarned that this is light listening. That being said it is entertaining and I enjoyed listening to it. I just wished they were consistent and kept this narrator throughout the whole series :(
I'm going to get this from the library and read it myself. I can't tell whether it's the author or the narrator, but this really drags. Makes you wish there were an accelerator pedal for playback.
Wretched, awful, terrible. Been a while since I read a book this bad. Perhaps good if you are ten, not sure. Lots of obnoxious and pointless exposition, to explain what is happening. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I would stay away from this one.
book lacks character development. it's just a story that goes on and on ... it's a narrative without any heart. remember how wonderful the magic was in Harry Potter .. well don't look for that here ..
I was liking it ok til I got to the end and it said look for book 2. I don't like it enough to look for book 2
If you are the type who enjoyed Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and maybe even a touch of Brian Lumley this series is probably for you.... it is a little on the dark side. Although it is more YA there is not the ubiquitous overadundance of teen angst. There is the duality aspect from all points of view as people are trying to work out who to trust, what is the truth and how to stay alive. I always enjoy books that casually drop in references to famous historical personages and let us see them in a different light. There are lots of tales from bygone centuries and myth and legend along with lashings of magic. It encourages the imagination to paint wonderful canvases and the central love story between Nicholas and Perenell is endearing. My only reservation is their is not enough comedic input. Most of it comes from scatty and I think they would have benefitted from more one liners. The teenagers, Josh and Sophie, are very mature for their age and provide a good balance and anchor to our modern world against the ancient beings surrounding them. An enjoyable and fast paced first novel.
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