The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1) by Michael Scott

Summary (from inside flap):

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 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.

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.



I’ve been interested in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel for a while but always forgot to grab it at the library.  Now that I’ve picked it up and read it, I can happily say that I liked it.

Michael Scott used real people, such as Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, John Dee, and based other people on other people in history.

Nicholas Flamel, as we Harry Potter fans might recall, was mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  Rowling had omitted the ‘h’ in ‘Nicholas,’ but that is the only difference.  I don’t know why the ‘h’ is omitted, but I suppose his name can be spelled either way.

Dr. John Dee was also used in The Kronos Chronicles by Marie Rutkoski.

There are major mythology influences and I was super happy to say, “I know that character!”

As I read the book, I was slightly reminded of The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan.  Scathach reminded me a little of Bast, the Egyptian cat goddess.  And yet she also sort of reminded me of Zia, the girl Carter had a crush on.  Sorry.  I’m drifting off topic.

In fact, the Egyptian cat goddess is mentioned in The Alchemyst, but she goes by the name Bastet.  I don’t think anyone really has gods’ and goddess’ names straight in mythology.

I found that Scott tended to repeat his words sometimes, so that kind of bugged me, but I liked the book anyway.  I also noticed that he was really focused on the characters’ teeth… Strange, but okay!

The book pulled me in immediately from the start.

Now, I first wanted to rate this book 4/5 stars, but now think 3.5/5 stars would be more appropriate.  Because I cannot do the whole 3.5/5 stars rating on Goodreads, I’ll rate it 4/5 stars on Goodreads and 3.5/5 stars in this post… Wow that’s a lot of numbers.


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