The fourth book in the New York Times best-selling series.
San Francisco: After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?
Alcatraz: Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters—an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco.
Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.
London: Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw—and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel.
But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils.
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I want to like these books, and they are pretty good, but they are just so darn slow. I guess, since Nicholas Flammel is mentioned in Harry Potter, I thought these books would be almost as good. They are not. I like all the mythical references, and I especially like the Reference to Musashi Myomoto in this book, but just because the author chooses interesting characters, doesn't mean the story is not important. I want to finish the series, but honestly it seems to drag on.
I'd say that listening to this book was a necessary evil. When I started listening to this series, I was excited by the storyline and the characters, but at this point, I'm just listening because I hate not finishing a book series. I think that a three-book storyline has been painfully stretched over the course of six books. The entire story of The Necromancer takes place in about a day and a half, and very little happens plot-wise. The Flamels still only have weeks to live, Josh and Sophie continue to question who they can trust, and there is still an army of monsters waiting to be released on Alcatraz.In an effort to be fast-paced and exciting, Michael Scott jumps from storyline to storyline and POV, but so little happens in each chapter that it slows the already slow story down even more. It would've been better had he just stuck with a few central characters and really worked on developing them and their stories. Instead it was a mental juggling act in my brain trying to remember what was happening in each side story and how all the characters were connected. He spent so little time with each character that I didn't feel a connection with any of them. And the personalities of the characters seemed to change depending on the point of view, which also frustrated me. No one was consistent, not even Josh or Sophie. And with the way The Necromancer finishes, it just seems that the jumping storylines will only increase in the next installment. So, if you're like me and you're committed to this series, good or bad, then you'll just have to push your way through. But if you're on the fence as to whether or not to continue, at this point, I would say to drop it, or just skip to the final book in the series because you're not missing much in this one.
I love a good series but the story line is becoming repetative. The story needs to end! Will wait to see a final book before I spend any more time on this series. Looks like 5 is not the end. Please, Please let 6 wrap it up or don't bother to start!
I actually enjoy this series(despite the narrator who everyone rags on). It is an enjoyable listen, but it is necessary to note that the plot is a bit predictable at some points and ridiculous at others. It isn't that the twins shouldn't show mistrust of the flamel's, it's just that the level of distrust seems overly dramatized, and needlessly heightened to no foreseeable resolution. Anywho, there I leave you with a brief two cents
The first two books were enjoyable, but all seemed the same, I will not bother with any more books in this series.
I have really enjoyed this series of books for the most part. But come on now, these books just go from the frying pan into the fire time after time! If you are an adrenaline junkie this is your read! I,on the other hand, like some quiet times woven into a story that develop the charters or the landscape, and give my adrenals a chance to catch up. The break neck pace these books go out actually burned me out and I sped forward to finish it. Also the readers of the first two books were amazing and this guy, not so amazing.
Throughout this series it seems as if the author is determined to drag in every mythical creature, event, and person possible. Even to the point of making actual historical people into fantasies. I managed to listen to the books to this point, but I can't stand to hear any more. The rest of the series will have to go on without me.
This is the worst in the series. Clearly written just to string out the series and resolve nothing. Don't waste your time. If you are smart you will never start the series as it goes nowhere but in circles. Very disappointing. Hope they never make the movie.
I was a little disappointed with this book. It recovered at the end but the other books in the series were better. I will still listen to the next one.
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