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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.

©2010 Michael Scott (P)2010 Listening Library

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Just a fun book.

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

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  • GH
  • Sherborn, MA, United States
  • 08-12-12

building, Building, BULIDING - Can't wait!

This novel intensifies your feeling for the characters. By the end of this book you have so much invested in the story that you want to know the end; but are starting to mourn that there are only two more novels. This is the 2/3 point in the series. Be prepared for heartbreak and surprise – who is who. The strands of the base story complicate in this installment leaving you unsure of what twists and turns lay ahead -- excellent. There are storms brewing on every front, elder and immortals and on the side of good and the side of evil. You’ll have some big questions at the end of this one for sure.

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It's just slow

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.

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  • Maureen
  • Sparks, NV, United States
  • 07-01-10

The Best One So Far!

I loved this book! I was sad when it ended and cannot wait for the next in the series. This series just keeps getting better and better. Love it!

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  • Jeremy
  • Gabriola, British Columbia, Canada
  • 06-02-10

This is a really good continuation of the story

This book is a really good continuation of the story and is a must read by anybody that is into the michael scott books about the immortal nicholas flamel.

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Excellent Read!

Detailed yet fast paced! Want to hear more but dont want it to end! recommended!

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4th in a series of 6 books

I am enjoying these. Only two more. My favorite thing is I get to meet historical and mythical characters.

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  • Matt92
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • 10-11-17

Amazing story - Tough narration

The Necromancer is an incredible continuation of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Micheal Scott changed the playing field when it comes to the magic action genre. The story is not for those who claim to read to relax. Its story will have your heart pounding and your toes curling from the action. I seriously love how well Micheal brings the gods, mythical creatures, and the characters themselves to life. Paul Boehmer does a great job of narrating the story and doing the accents. My biggest quarrel is that you can often hear "spitty mouth" or "throat gurgles" which really nags me. I'm hoping book 5/6 don't suffer from the same narration faults. I blame the Listening Library for that issue and not Paul Boehmer himself. Quality sound editing could have fixed the issue or perhaps even a different microphone.

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Excellent addition

The necromancer really takes this book series to the next level. The character development and the mythological entwinement is superb!

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love this series

this series had me hooked from the beginning. love the mythology references and how they tie into the story.

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  • Natalie
  • 06-28-15

magical teen adventure

Good story, dodgy narration. He kept mis-pronouncing names and adding wrong inflections. overall, good tale.

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  • Richard
  • 09-23-16

Enthralling!

Enthralling as usual and didn't even realise this book was at the end. looking g forward to the next book.