But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent, the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent's power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.
If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic - Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.
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I loved The Alchemyst and liked The Magician but found The Sorceress rather weak, just battle after battle between not particularly imaginative creatures and the main characters, who seemed to be more carefully drawn in book 1. There are a couple of inconsistencies in the details signifying that perhaps the author wasn't totally paying attention. The narration is somewhat flat and not always true to the text. To write a series requires a commitment this author hasn't really made.
I'm so disappointed to see that the upcoming books have this same narrator. I think the narrator of the first book was the best, and the next two have been less effective with Boehmer being my least favorite.
This series may or may not be intended for teenagers or the youth. It is a nice fun series. I am a seriously avid reader, and finish a novel per week. I picked up the first book in the series for my daughter. I ran out of books and picked it up. I have read all of them now. They are fun.
The series has characters that are well wrritten and believable. The goals and problems are very truthful. Michael Scott has to have or had a few teenagers because he has them down pretty well in the books.
Now don't think you are about to read a literary masterpiece but the stories have heart, soul, well planned themes and flow, and realistic well described characters. I love a good book and these are just that. GOOD BOOKS
Why oh why do they change narrators in a book series? Just when you get used to a style, a cadence, a tone of voice, there's a new one to get used to. And this guy, is just ssssllloooowwwww. He seems to always be deliberately slowing down his speech patterns. He speeds up a bit, catches himself and slows down again. The second book was wonderful. It was fast paced and exciting and the excitement came through in the voice of the narrator. This guy is putting me to sleep! I am so disappointed that he is the narrator for the next book as well, I will have to switch to the print version and I'm sad.
I enjoyed this book, but my only problem was it was more of a "get things moving, people in the right spot" type book. The first two were very good because I felt a sense of urgency for the quest they were embarked upon. This one had alot more background story to it than actual story progression, but it was still worth reading.
I wanted so much to like this series, that I decided to give it one more try after feeling so-so about the first two books. However, as with the first two, this installment introduces some intresting characters and plot lines, but leaves the the two most important characters of the book sadly undeveloped. My main problem with all of the books, including this one, is that they do not stand up on their own as self-contained stories with a satisfying ending. Each book leaves an obvious cliff-hanger and does not in any way tie up loose ends. The best series weave together complete novels into one epic story. Michael Scott fails in this - I will not be purchasing any more books in this series.
The story was great - I waited until the last book and bought the whole set of audiobooks to listen to, back-to-back, so I could get the whole story at once. The story is so detailed, it was just too difficult to keep up with reading each book as it came out. But I do love the fact that Michael Scott incorporates characters from mythologies of all cultures and civilizations in this adventure. What I liked least in this installment was the narrator, Paul Boehmer, who apparently knows nothing about mythologies of any culture by his terrible mispronunciations, which, to me, were very annoying and distracting.
I'd have to say my favorite character was Shakespeare - like most of us at some point in life, he made a bad decision once and was misjudged by it for a very long time. He redeemed himself rather well.
He managed to mispronounce every single god/goddess's name in this! Perhaps I am over-sensitive to this as I am a mythology buff, but narrators should be required to learn how to pronounce the names of the characters in the book they are reading/performing
I could see the whole Nicholas Flamel series being made into a series of movies like Harry Potter, or a mini-series at the very least. The special effects would be costly, but well worth it, I think.
I'm not quite done with this one, and while the narrator is NOT as good as the first two, he isn't as bad as I thought he was going to be based on the other reviews. He is a little stilted at times, but I did not find his accents to be horrible.
As far as the story goes itself, as I said, I'm not finished yet, but there is definitely a lot less action than in the first two books; a lot more (sort of) background and talking and waiting. I'm not giving up on the series yet, especially after the first two, but hopefully it will pick up.
First, the book is very good. I listened to the first two and waited anxiously for a few months for this release. My let down is from presuming this series was a trilogy. Arghhh! Three more books to wait for! It was the same with Harry Potter ... worth the wait but the time between volumes passes slowly.
I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.
You just have to give up for Perenelle in this book. Although I have to say I doubted several of her decisions, they turned out in ways I certainly could not have easily predicted. This is the halfway book and the good-guys are still in retreat mode, but for the first time we see a hint of the fight to come. I can’t decide whether I like Sophie or Josh more. Josh is more central of the twins but Sophie has an enigmatic quality about her. I’m already two hours into book four. Many of our old friends show up and we meet some new ones. I love the variety and the richness of the story.
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