The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2) by Michael Scott
Ashes to ashes…
In the hands of Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, the book of Abraham the Mage could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. The most powerful book of all time, it holds the secret of eternal life — a secret more dangerous than any one man should ever possess. And Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders into ultimate power.
His only obstacle? Josh and Sophie Newman — who are eight thousand miles away.
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris. The City of Lights. Home to Nicholas Flamel. Only, this homecoming is anything but sweet.
Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s in hot pursuit, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. Every day they spend without the book, they age one year: their magic becomes weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is growing clearer and clearer. It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic.
And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student the Comte de Saint-Germain – alchemist, magician, and rock star.
Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope. If they don’t turn on each other first.
*Warning: This review may be longer than usual* *Warning: You probably shouldn’t read this if you haven’t read The Alchemyst* *Warning: Spoilers*
Wow, that’s a lot of warnings!
I really liked The Alchemyst, so I finally ordered The Magician. It took long enough! And, it also took a while for the book to come in. My review for The Magician is so long, I had to use two pages to write it out, and I usually only use one!
The cover of the books are awesome. They’ve always got some sort of cool design on them.
In the beginning of The Magician, I had trouble staying focused. I really wanted to read the book, and at that moment, that was the only thing keeping me from closing the book and moving on.
In this book, we get to see how modern the people from a different day and age are: “Sitting in the back of his limousine, Niccolo Machiavelli tapped coordinates into his laptop and watched a high-resolution map of Paris wink into existence on the screen.” At times, I feel they’re more modern than Josh and Sophie!
In the previous book, Sophie’s powers were Awakened but Josh’s were not.
I noticed the great relationship between Josh and Sophie in book one. They got along well and rarely fought.
Now, Josh is feeling a gap in the relationship between himself and Sophie. He feels that she is different from him, that they are no longer twins. He is also jealous and easily swayed by the bad guys. Josh is really harsh on Flamel and blames him for his sister’s injuries. Now, all this wouldn’t have happened if these teenagers just stayed in San Fransisco! I know I’m being such a wet blanket, but I find it really odd (like I stated in my review of Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane) how the parents aren’t mentioned more. How these teenagers find it perfectly okay to run off with their employers and alerting no on about it!
I am a tiny bit proud of Josh for using the slightest bit of common sense he has to not place is trust in the hands of Nicholas Flamel–but that’s only because he’s been talking to John Dee, who’s trying to sway Josh to the dark side! I felt like screaming at them numerous times, “THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU’RE JUMPING INTO!!!”
At one point, Josh and Scatty were nowhere to be found and everyone was saying Josh went after Scatty to save her, but Sophie was saying, “Josh isn’t brave.” That is seriously what she said, and that annoyed me. She’s degrading her brother.
This part kinda reminded me of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Harry’s wand protected him when he was in danger but he didn’t actually perform the spell:
“Clarent trembled in Josh’s palm.
A surge of tingling heat shot into his hand, shocking him, the spasm tightening his fingers around the hilt. Then the sword jerked, shooting out to meet the Disir’s metal blade, turning it aside at the last moment in another explosion of sparks.”
As I was reading, I realized that these books kinda have a Rick Riordan feel. I’m not seeing any major similarities between the two authors’ works, but it seems like The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel would be recommended to me because I enjoyed Riordan’s Cane Chronicles.
Towards the end, I began to lose interest in the book, but I read on.
And now for some more positive aspects of the book.
I really liked Scathach, a.k.a. Scatty. Scatty is like a mix between Tonks (Harry Potter) and the Cat Goddess Bast (Cane Chronicles). She’s also her own character, unless I’m missing someone. This is just the way I see her.
I also like what Francis Saint-Germain teaches Sophie to do. I wish I could do that… sorry, not telling. Tee hee hee!
I love how I recognized a bunch of names: Arachne (Mark of Athena, Rick Riordan), Prometheus, who may have been mentioned in Percy Jackson and the Olympians, and of course Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, John Dee, Niccolo Machiavelli, who I remembered from a Princess Diaries movie, Mars (who is Frank’s dad in The Heroes of Olympus), and Hekate, or Hecate.
I really like this series, so far. It does get boring at times, to the point where I’m contemplating closing the book. But it’s got something unique about it: Egyptian and Greek mythology, old dudes from the past like Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, John Dee, Niccolo Machiavelli, mixed in with modern technology… I don’t know how to describe it, but these factors all thrown in the blender and mixed up make this series different from anything I’ve ever read.
I’ve realized that each book (I think) is named after a character in the story. So far, I’ve read The Alchemyst, which is Nicholas Flamel and The Magician, which is John Dee.
And now for some funny/scary quotes:
Funniest Lines: “But do I need to say anything?” Sophie asked. “Do I need to learn any words?”
“Well, when you lit up the Eiffel Tower, you said something that sounded like eggness.”
“Ignis,” the count said. “Latin for fire. No, you don’t need to say anything.”
“Why did you do it then?”
Saint-Germain grinned. “I just thought it sounded cool.”
“It was enough,” he said gently. “Right now I need to rest, and I didn’t want to put a lot of food I my stomach. We shall have a big breakfast in the morning. I’ll even cook it myself.”
“I didn’t know you could cook,” Saint-Germain said.
“He can’t,” Scathach muttered.
Scary Lines: “Little girl,” the Disir whispered, “I am going to teach you never to play with fire.”
So that’s my review. I know a lot of it wasn’t positive, so I’m not sure I’ll read the next book. 3/5 stars.