- Page Count: 390
- Release Date: August 5, 2010
- My Rating: 4 stars
Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred 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 and Nicholas Flamel lives. 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. And 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.
If you’re a fan of Percy Jackson or maybe even The Raven Cycle (with the ley lines & leygates), then definitely check this out!
This book manages to cram so many different world myths and legends into a modern fantasy story… and at times it almost felt too ambitious. But the story found its footing by the end and I think this series is going to be really fun! It’s a bit on the younger side of YA and felt more like middle grade at times. Kind of in the same group with Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson.
The story starts with twins Sophie and Josh finding out that the “Nick” they know is actually Nicholas Flamel, the ancient Alchemyst who discovered the secret of the philosopher’s stone and many other common magical legends through the Codex, or the book of Abraham the Mage. There’s an evil guy after the Book and he steals it at the beginning, so Nicholas and his wife begin to age. If Nicholas Flamel dies, the Elder Race that the evil guy serves will reclaim the earth. There’s a prophecy about twins with silver and gold auras aaaaand it turns out that Sophie and Josh have powers. Long story short, one of them has the potential to save the world and the other one could destroy it.
Lots of adventure and running for dear life ensues… various figures from different world legends show up. I was completely sold on the story when the Morrigan appeared with her crows because she’s one of my absolute favorite figures in Irish mythology.
Anyways, this book had a LOT more potential than the story actually used, so I’m hoping the sequels will get into gear. The characters and pacing in this book were all a bit flat to me. But it was a pretty fast read and the series is set up really well now after this first book!