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Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.He holds the secret that can end the world.The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It isRead the first book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.He holds the secret that can end the world.The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 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.Sometimes legends are true.And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:The Alchemyst[STAR] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—School Library Journal, Starred  The Magician[STAR] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and well-timed revelations.”—Kirkus Reveiws, Starred  The Sorceress“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion….This page –turner promises plenty of action to come.”—Kirkus Reviews  The Necromancer“Unrelenting forward momentum….This book will thrill fans.”—School Library Journal...

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The Alchemyst Reviews

  • Stephen
    2019-05-01 20:26

    2.0 stars. I did NOT like this book. The plot was derivative, the writing was passable AT BEST and the two teenage main characters annoyed me to the point of causing actual hair loss.However, the book avoided the 1 star noose based solely on some crafty ideas and oh so unused potential that I will explore once I briefly explain the plot...which should not take long as we have all seen this tired old movie before.BRIEF TIRED OLD PLOT SUMMARY:Sophia and Josh (two VERYannoying kids) work at a book store for a mysterious guy named Nick. Based on the title of the novel, I don't think I'm giving up state secrets by telling you that old Nicky is really the immortal Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel (NOTE TO AUTHOR: spelling Alchemyst with a "y" was really clever and not at all gimmicky or ham-handed). Well, Nick (or should I be all hipster and call him Nyck) has a very important book called the Codex that he has been safeguarding for many centuries until a bad guy, with a bunch of otherworldly baddies find Nick and steal the Codex from him. From there begins your oh my God not again, please not again, i have read this before a hundred times and don’t want to see it again or i may do something terrible to myself "typical" plot of: (a) explain the kindly gentlemen is really an immortal alchemist, (b) provide info dump on background of world, (c) kids discover their special (but special don't cure annoying laddies), (d) kids must find main bad guy or else will die, (e) fight some monsters, (f) kids seem to be wickedly smart and yet at times say some of the DUMBEST things imaginable(f) group gets split up, (g) think hope is lost, (h) oh not quite yet, we have ONE chance, (i) more powerful monsters show up (j) powerful good guy protectors show up and join the quest, and finally (k)a big, special effects laden climax and a nice tidy ending with the plot wrapped up but with the basis for the next story introduced ...HUH?...THE BOOK JUST STOPS OUT OF THE BLUE...?SO WHY 2 STARS?Despite my general annoyance with the plot and the characters, I ended up deciding to give the book 2 stars rather than 1 because I REALLY LOVED THE WORLDBUILDING CONCEPT behind the book. What I mean is that the world created by Michael Scott was filled with some serious mega potential and felt unique and daisy fresh, despite his best efforts to muck it up. Now before anyone goes all Charlie Sheen on me screaming that Scott simply borrowed pieces of dozens, if not hundreds, of different stories and mashed them together, let me say that I would NOT disagree with that assessment at all. Calm down and take a valium. My point is that by bringing together so many different threads and assembling them as part of a unified world view, the end result was something that began to feel fresh and if, not unique, at least not old and worn. It was that whole sum greater than parts thing.For Example....minor spoiler about the world building aspects to follow... (view spoiler)[I loved the idea of a world existing before the dawn of human history. I also loved the concept of the Lovecraftian “Elder Gods” and the timing of their retrenchment at the beginning of the Iron Age. I loved the idea that all mythical and supernatural creatures of legend are descended from this “elder race” and that their histories can all be traced back to a common origin.  I liked that there are good and bad “elder gods” as that allows powerful alliances to be formed in later books. Finally, I like the concept of the “immortality” of humans like Flamel allowing historical figures from the past to be able to play a part in later books (as I believe Machiavelli does in the next volume).(hide spoiler)]For me, all of the above world building aspects give Scott a treasure trove of material to draw from in order to be able to create a story that could be truly funtastical . However, nothing will save the series if the negatives outlined above are not addressed in later books. I just hope that Scott can do a better job of minimizing the short comings of this story and expanding on the clever world he has envisioned. For what it's worth, I also hope that Chuck Norris kicks the smarmy off Justin Bieber's face, but that is another conversation. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • dyanne
    2019-05-24 21:17

    Dear Josh,let me start out with you. You could've been a really great kid but apparently, the author just couldn't make up his mind about you. One minute you're an ordinary kid who likes superheroes and doesn't do well in school and then you become this person who has a super computer and uber-nerdtastic knowledge? Whoa, big difference. I feel sorry for you. I really do. I get jealousy. I get envy. What I don't get is how you and Sophie never fight. Is it just that in those two days that I was extracted from my world and put into yours, siblings and constant fighting and all the things that go with "brother and sister" was recreated into this perfect world where it's mushy-gushy unconditional brotherly love and nothing else?Sincerely,AnnoyedDear Sophie,You're really annoying. I would like you if you stopped being you. You're quite the hopeless case.Sincerely,The TruthDear Nicholas,You can go die in a hole and then come back to life and dissolve slowly in a pot of acid and then come back to life again to be slowly and maliciously tortured for eternity You should've never existed in the first place.Sincerely,Rightfully AngryDear Pernelle,Why did you marry Nicholas?Sincerely,ConfusedDear Scatty,You are pretty awesome. Still, you're 1,000 years old and still have the maturity level of a teenager. And I don't really get why you hang out with Nicholas. Sincerely,You Could Do BetterDear Dora,You remind me of my own grandmother. Sincerely,ImpressedDear Hekete,why the heck did you say yes to Nicholas and "awake" Sophie? I mean, where is your common sense? Don't you have any wisdom?Sincerely,FrustratedDear John,You're supposed to be dead. Live with it.Sincerely,We're better off without youDear Crow Goddess,you're so unimportant I don't remember your actually name. Crows are cool so I don't think you should ruin them for me. It's really selfish of the author to have him ruin crows. Sincerely,I know you're not to blameDear Bastet,I liked you better as the Egyptian goddess.Sincerely,Go back where you belong.Dear crows,goddesses don't exist. Get that through your bird brain and live life.Sincerely,myths will be mythsDear cats,I love you guys. You're great. Keep doing you, sweetie. xoxo <3 Sincerely,Proud momDear rats,The cats will eat you.Sincerely,Just saying

  • Bonnie
    2019-04-26 19:24

    Okay. I liked this book a lot more than most people who have written reviews. I feel that it's because I didn't go into it with many preconceived notions. I had hoped it would be related to Harry Potter, but when I realized it wasn't I moved on. I also didn't read the book because I was a huge fan of the real Flamel. If you read it for either of those reasons, you will most likely be disapointed.15 year-old twins Sophie and Josh have gotten summer jobs in San Franciso. Josh works at a bookstore, and Sophie works across the street. One day, a group of evil men come to attack Josh's boss, and it ends up that they are headed by the evil John Dee, Elizabeth I's spy, and that Josh's boss is none other than the immortal Nicholas Flamel. Before flattening the bookstore completely, John Dee and his henchmen steal a very old book, except for the last 2 pages, which Josh has a tight hold on. It ends up that the book is the secret to Nicholas Flamel's long LONG life, and that the last 2 pages are key, so now Josh's life is in danger, and Nicholas Flamel is aging before his eyes. Josh, Sophie, and Flamel flee the city, with Dee in pursuit, but they soon learn that there is more to the 2 of them, Josh and Sophie, than they have ever realized, that they are special, and perhaps Flamel is not being completely honest about his reasons for wanting them to accompany him on his journey.I felt a little confused why Nicholas Flamel couldn't make another stone, or whatever, to extend his life without the book that Dee took. You would think that he would have the method down pat during the last 600-so years.The book does something different with magic that I'd never read before, which is link it to the 5 senses. According to the book, the reason that the average person cannot do magic is because their senses are dulled, and when the magic starts happening, there are an amazing number of smells described. I did think the book did something dangerous, because it tied itself way too much to the present: ipod, wikipedia, Shrek, the new Spiderman. All of that is really going to date it in time. It did make good historical references, linking the story to events that happened in the past, like the potato famine, and the great fire in London. That somehow made the events in the story more believable and immediate. I also learned from the book, because the characters in it are ones I never have heard of before, like the Morrigan. It was cool that he worked, somewhat, with characters who already exist. I bet it would be easier to make them all up, but it was cool to see how they would all interact if they were together.Like Into the Woods, which I just reviewed, I think this book would make a really excellent movie, and in fact, some of the scenes would play out better in a movie than they did in the book. I would definitely see it. There is a sequel, which is coming out soon, and I'm going to read it. The ending leaves you with a cliffhanger, so I'm glad I didn't read it when there was a long wait 'til the next book.

  • Tea Jovanović
    2019-04-26 01:20

    YA naslov(iliti Young Adult, kako takve knjige u svetu izdavaštva zovemo)... Kupio me je još u rukopisu... Alhemičara je objavio Evro Giunti... Pošto ništa nisu uradili s tim naslovom (uprkos sjajnom prevodu vrsnog prevodioca), odustali su od autora... drugi naslov uradila je Mladinska knjiga s istim prevodiocem... Ali ni oni se, nažalost, nisu previše potrudili... I treći naslov nije objavljen u Srbiji... Dok ga u Hrvatskoj (na moj nagovor) lepo gura Algoritam... Čitaoci moraju da razumeju da se često dešava, kada izdavačka kuća promeni urednika, novi koji dođe, nažalost, uglavnom zanemari ili ignoriše naslove koje je radio njegov prethodnik (osim ukoliko autor u međuvremenu nije postao ultra hit pisac u nas)... Upravo to se desilo i sa EG i sa MK... Dok se u Hrvatskoj urednici duže zadržavaju u svojim izdavačkim kućama (zbog boljih uslova rada i više podrške koje imaju kod svojih izdavača)

  • Kris
    2019-05-25 18:25

    This book was awful. So awful, it warrants me actually putting in a review.First of all, there isn't enough Nicholas Flamel. There is far too much of the twins that kind of become Nic's apprentices, and attatches way too much teenage exposition to them. And we don't need the two of them mentioning that their parents are archaeologists every other page. We got it the first time. Move on. And even if their parents are archaeologists, they're not necessarily going to know as much about it as they seem too. When you're 15, you try to stay away from your parents as much as possible. And there seriously didn't need to be as much name dropping around the character of Josh (I swear to God, whenever the story was from his perspective, there was always a name dropped of a movie or a video game, and there was always mention of his laptop, his cell phone, and that he had been on the football team). And the repetition of the name dropping, or them mentioning their parent's profession, was enough to make you put a gun barrel in your mouth. It felt way too forced. Too much like he was trying to be all, "Look!! I'm one of you!!"He turned a potentially kick-ass 2 1/2 thousand year old vampire into a lame teenager. Not a cool one, something you might have imagined Bill and Charlie Weasly being. No, she was lame ... and just happened to be able to kick ass ... cuz she was a vampire.And some of the other gods could've been completely awesome (like Morrígan) ... but they came off kind of lame, without any real power, and seemingly easily manipulated.Scott really could've done something awesome with this, if he had decided to do a kick ass Sword & Sorcery story (a la "Highlander: The Series"). Instead, it felt more like a teenager's attempt at High Fantasy (::cough::Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2)::cough::), and not a very good one at that. And seriously, mentioning LotR at the beginning of your book, does not a High Fantasy make. Nor does having something that's the equivalent of the Force, a good fantasy make.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-05-17 19:31

    I'll try to be fair here, this is a "YA" book and it comes in telling us it's going to "play" with historical and mythological figures....and play it does. I found the book annoying and wonder at the damage we're doing to our "youths" and their knowledge of mythology, what we can learn from mythology, from the archetypal characters, thoughts, and ideas they contain. Okay, part of rant over. There are different types of YA books. Some are more yA while others are more Ya. This is in style and execution more of a Ya book with emphasis on the "Young" rather than the "adult". With it's repetitive story telling (asking something and then farther on asking it again, and again especially by the boy was a sort of constant). Then however, along with the juvenile storytelling you get attempts at "semi-adult" content that doesn't really work.(view spoiler)[What annoyed me so much? Well, I happen to have a special "feeling" for the Cú Chulainn legend.... I'm not sure how good it is for "youths" to "learn"/be told that "Scáthach" is a vampire. (I know vampires are ubiquitous now... but a mythical Celtic hero, trainer of Cú Chulainn? making her a "teenage vampire", I shudder even now) Shall I go on? The "kids" are annoying... mom and dad are archeologists (believe me I know this noted before "repetition", they just kept telling us over and over). The "kids", the "twins" apparently know quite a bit about this subject, they retained it seems everything ever uttered about it along with a few other subjects, but apparently not much else. Well, of course somehow occasionally one of them (especially the young lady) seems to show odd flashes of almost encyclopedic knowledge of some things. We are told (again over and over) about the electronic devices they "depend" on (especially the young man). They apparently learned everything they know from movies, video games, and maybe their downloaded music. Maybe had they bothered to download a couple of books? These two drove me crazy... they couldn't find electrical outlets in the world tree, and it flummoxed them... okay.(hide spoiler)]There's more and we've all played with mythology I suppose but I'm not really taken with this book. No that's a polite understatement, I'm annoyed with this book and approaching dislike. I'll go with 2 stars, but "just" or barely. Will I read the next book? Haven't decided yet. Oh, one more thing, the book doesn't "conclude" or "end" so much as "stop". Lots I didn't care for... sorry if you liked it. By the way..the fact that Michael Scott is a mythology scholar simply bothers me more. He is of course free to treat these figures as he wishes... I make no complaint about that. But I'm free not to enjoy the given treatment, and I don't. As I say in many cases, if you do enjoy the book then that's good for you...enjoy, not my cup of tea. UPDATE: I'm not planning on following the book up...just letting you know.

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    2019-05-07 18:31

    If you're a fan of Percy Jackson or maybe even The Raven Cycle (because of 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!

  • Nick
    2019-04-28 22:20

    Quick review on this one: Oh how this book conflicted me so. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story and the characters but ultimately the shoe-horning of SO MANY historical events and figures into the story just curbed my enjoyment of it. I get what the author was trying to do. Flamel was a real person who supposedly discovered the secret to immortality but the cramming in of all of the historical figures that he encountered along the way as well as the significant historical events just killed it. Could have been so much better but as it is...just average.

  • Luann
    2019-05-13 21:32

    I enjoyed The Alchemyst more than I thought I would. It didn't sweep me away with the "must finish this book now" feeling, but I also was never bored. Fans of Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, and even The Da Vinci Code will find interesting connections and similarities here. And yet Scott manages to bring something just a bit new to the table as well. I was interested to learn that many of the main characters (Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, and Dr. John Dee) were actually real people and much of what is told as their back story is actually known about them. Other characters in the book come from mythology and folklore. Only the twins, Josh and Sophie Newman, are the author's own creation. I was also interested in the use of modern gadgets, especially in the beginning. Mostly the modern gadgets such as an iPod, texting on a cell phone, and googling for information via a laptop are used to give background information to the reader while showing that these kids are modern teens - although at one point even one of the "Elders" uses a cell phone. As the story progresses, though, the gadgets are left behind.I wouldn't rank this as one of my all-time favorite fantasy stories - even if I'm just limiting to books I've read this year. But I did enjoy it and will certainly read the sequels as I get a chance. If we had half stars, I would give this 3.5.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-10 19:39

    REMEMBER: This is Fantasy. Welcome.I experienced a world that was filled with ancient characters (both good and evil), strange creatures, and wonderfully described scenes with TONS of detail.I met twins, a boy and girl, with pure auras who possess magical powers that once awakened will change the world. A six-hundred-year-old alchemyst who performs magic and the air around smelled like mint. His wife (possibly the same age) who is magical in different ways and befriends ghosts. A two-thousand-and-a-half-year-old Warrior who's also a vegetarian vampire. An evil man about four-hundred-years-old creating mud people and zombies to do his evil bidding as he abides to evil that's far greater than his own. I saw creatures from legend, myth, and nightmares. Along the way many well known faces from history pop in and out of the storyline. I heard mention of Joan of Arc, King Tutankhamen, and Queen Elizabeth I, just to name a few.This story sounds almost unbelievable, right? OK, so maybe all these myths that are intricately mixed into real life can be overwhelming, although it works. (For me!) How could such a vast amount of information be put into a story and actually make sense? It. Just. Does. And it's easy to understand, take in, and digest as long as I continued to pay attention. It is clever. It was delicious.

  • Micheline
    2019-04-26 23:28

    I had high hopes when I picked up this book. At the time, I was fresh off the Harry Potter series and had a bad case of 'Post-Potter Depression'. The idea of learning more about the intriguing and mythical 'Nicolas Flamel' (which I had heard of before HP) instantly captivated me, and the book blurb only added fuel to the fire. Sadly, about halfway through I had to shelf this one (DNF). I found the protagonists Sophie and Josh very flat and one-dimensional. They spent most of the time confused or panicky and quite frankly, I found them annoying. You'd think that out of two protagonist, at least one would have captured my fancy. Yeah, I thought so too, but apparently not.Also, considering the book is named after Nicholas Flamel, I was expecting a lot more of him front and center; not as an almost background character. Making him a titular character on the book cover almost seemed gimmick-y. The man has obviously lived a very long life, there would have been plenty of information or plot to fill this book with. Why mention him in the title if he's barely developed in the book? Every time I walk by these books in bookstores, I get a pang of regret. This had the potential of being an amazing series, it's sad that it was such a letdown.

  • FrancoSantos
    2019-05-17 01:10

    En cierto modo todos somos prisioneros... prisioneros de las circunstancias y de los acontecimientos.Buen libro. Aceptable inicio de saga. Me gustó mucho que el autor haya incluido tanta magia, mitología e Historia. Los personajes no me despertaron ninguna simpatía, pero espero sentir algo por ellos a medida que vaya avanzando en la serie. Como aspectos negativos tengo que decir que no me convenció cómo está escrito. No me gusta la manera de narrar de Michael Scott. Es demasiado repetitiva y alarga descripciones que, para mí, deberían ser breves. También los diálogos: muy artificiales, imposible imaginarme a una persona hablando de esa forma. Y por último, la trama en sí. No es original. A pesar de todo, El Alquimista es un libro entretenido, con un ritmo correcto y me dejó con ganas de leer los siguientes lo más pronto posible. Lo recomiendo.

  • Grace
    2019-05-21 02:25

    To be honest I would never have read this book had I not been given it for my birthday. It was obviously one of those books that was cranked out immediately after the Harry Potter phenomenon and was unabashedly aimed toward that audience. Now don't get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter and that's probably why this sort of book irritates me. I've picked it up in the bookstore before, interested by the title and catchy cover, but after flipping through it I always put it back. It is very similar to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series in that it uses old mythology and mythical figures for it's main plot. I wasn't enchanted with either of the authors approaches. The characters in The Alchemyst are flat and one dimensional and where he could have gone all out with the 700-10,000 year old beings he stuck with boring, flat interpretations. The twins were just as flat and uninteresting. After an entire book there isn't more one could say about them than: The girl is the thoughtful one who looks out for her brother and makes sure he doesn't get into trouble and the boy is the reckless one. They are also not that likable and at times irritating. I wanted to reach through and smack them when, halfway through the book, they were still insisting that they must be on Candid Camera and the whole thing was a big hoax. The plot wasn't particularly engaging either and it seemed that every other page there had to be a big, magical battle, as if he felt the only way to keep the reader going was to put in action. Personally, I think that is a mark of an adult author who is trying to write for kids. Obviously kids can't read anything deep and are too uninterested and the only way to keep them reading is to pack the entire book with pointless battle scenes. Who needs engaging, round characters and character development? *rolls eyes* It was also very predictable and linear, with no risks or surprises. I'm glad that I decided to read this book on an eleven hour plane ride because that way I could get it over with in a day, without having to drag it out for several. I probably won't read the rest of the series as I was, obviously, far from enchanted by the first one.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-13 21:20

    I'm getting better at my new "don't read bad books" plan. Not that this one is "bad," exactly, so much as it is a little bit irritating. The two kids in the story are just too much. They know everything, can do everything, they're just too perfect. And really Mr. Scott, did you have to attempt to borrow a story from every fantasy written in the last 2000 years and cram it into this one? I mean, really. But what clinched it for me was a main character named "Scatty." Every time I read that name, my mind substituted "Poopy." After a few dozen repetitions of that, I simply had no choice but to call it quits. Poopy.Edit: I was going to give this 2 stars, because it wasn't awful. But how can I give a book anything more than one star when it makes me think of poop on every page?

  • Karli
    2019-05-18 21:38

    Dreadful.I appreciate Goodreads because I can read through other negative reviews and feel justified in my hatred of a book.There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said.The book is about Nicholas Flamel the Alchemyst (spelled with a "y" because his author/father wanted him to be yoo-nique!) and a bunch of whiny and conveniently-forever-questioning teenage twins who are on the run from the evil Dr. John Dee (called Dee, which makes him sound like a very silly villain . . . his tagline should have been "I'm Dee . . . tee hee hee"). Dee wants the codex, a magical/prophecy sort of book, and if he gets all of it, the world will end, or something like that. Flamel and the lame twins enlist the help of several of the elder race, who sound cool in theory . . . in theory. What follows is just a whole bunch of messy plot mixed with flashes, aromatherapy, glowing balls, and confusion, and then the book ends. Just ends. Somehow Michael Scott is expecting me to endure more agonizing reading to find out what happens. In the (truly) immortal words of Cher, "AS IF!" Terrible writing. Terrible, terrible boring characters. Terrible plot.Others have mentioned that the mythological and legendary characters were the only interesting point in the book, but I beg to differ. It feels as though all Michael Scott did was blindly throw a dart at a list of legendary heroes and say, "that'll do." Little was said about these characters or their background and awesome stories or places in mythology. All it was was name dropping and plot filling. And then what about Nicholas Flamel, the main fella? Isn't the book called The Alchemyst: the secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel? What secrets? Most of the time he sat in the back of a car. Worst.

  • Kaethe
    2019-05-17 21:31

    The Alchemyst - Michael Scott  The author kept referring to the weather in San Francisco as hot and dry, which, sure, it can be, but mostly isn't. That was strike one.Strike two was the idea that if A is true then everything ever must also be true. Again, it could be, but it doesn't have to be.Strike three was putting the teens into Yggdrasil and having them be shocked, SHOCKED I say, that they can't get cell phone or internet service.Also, there's way too much about auras. I hate auras. 7/31/17 edited to add:I had a lengthy conversation this morning on the bus to work with a gentleman who loved these books, recommended to him by his son. He also loved several books/series I was lukewarm about, but this was balanced by the number of books we had both loved. So I wanted to look this up and give it a try if I hadn't already, although I thought I had tried it and didn't like it. I might have tried it despite my earlier response because his enthusiasm was so great, but auras are apparently a deal breaker.Then, when I got into work my boss and I chatted about her current book club selection, by an author I dislike who is much admired.Even when it doesn't result in a new book for the TBR list, I really love listening to people talk about their favorites. So many of my most casual conversations are about books these days, and that delights me. Somewhere along the way walking around reading a book became a positive social introduction to me, rather than an asocial rudeness. This twenty-first century world is awesome! 

  • Chloe
    2019-05-21 19:18

    Let me remember how I felt about this book! It's a great idea for a teen modern fantasy series, and I can see it appealing to a lot of Percy Jackson fans. I liked the short chapter lengths and the writing style was easy to follow; information was given in a way that made it easy to take in and didn't disrupt the story even when it was set apart from the rest. There was some repetition of description but otherwise well written. I loved all the different mythology and how it had been put together to create this world. The story was good.However after 4 years since I've read this and never actually started the second book, it's safe to say it didn't leave a big enough impression on me to make me continue the series!

  • Daniel
    2019-05-14 20:13

    Svidjaju mi se ideje, likovi su interesantni a prica je fina i ipak na karju knjiga me nije odusevila. Nekako mi fali ono nesto, momenat koji bi me vezao za sve sto se desava. Ovako na zalost bilo je zabavno za citanje ali nisam bio posebno zainteresovan dal ce nasi heroji da se izvuku ili ne.Plus samog Flamela ima previse malo u knjizi.Ali ima potencijal tako da ce mo nastaviti sa sledecom knjigom.

  • Simcsa
    2019-05-20 23:10

    3.5 starsThe main problems of the series: (I read the first four books)1. The story takes place in a few days (the first book - 2 days, the second one - 3 days...). If it continues like this, the world will be saved in what? Two weeks? The war lasts milleniums, there are centuries old people and even older creatures, yet two children (ehm.. teenagers) are going to end it in a matter of weeks?2. As I said, characters here are usually living on the earth for some time, some of them are even ten thousand years old and wouldn't you expect to actually see that for yourself? It just never felt like they are that old, that they have lived for so long.. Using sentences like "I glanced something ancient in her eyes." isn't enough.3. Josh. He is super annoying and it doesn't get better, it's even worse further into the series. He is selfish, he wants power, he doesn't trust anyone (even his sister), he is absolutely clumsy, he doesn't know how to behave... The list goes on, still he is one of the good guys. And his attitude towards his twin.. (he envies her everything!)4. Sophie is too perfect and it makes her kind of bland, her character lacks life and personality, she is just boooring..5. How many languages can a person learn? I mean that even if someone was centuries old could he actually speak 20 languages? Is it even possible? I personally don't believe it. Scathach (about 2 thousands years old) speaks hundreds of languages fluently. Huh?6. A lot of padding. The author doesn't know how to write dialogues and there are many unnecesary scenes. Imagine: two villains are sitting in an office in their suits and talking about how to kill Flamel.7. At the end of each book is cliffhanger!!I really liked the book one, it was quite interesting and original, I was willing to overlook the flaws, but as the series keep going, it's getting worse and worse and now I'm considering whether to read on or not. As I said, the concept is great, all that mystical creatures, tangled mythology and famous people still living and action scenes are also good (even if they become repetitive after a time), but I have never really cared about the characters and the writing is mediocre plus all the points I made above... Nope, I don't recommend it.

  • Y. C.
    2019-05-23 00:35

    A lot of people haven't heard of this series, and I don't know why, because these books are AWESOME!We have adventure, we have wit, we have sass, and my absolute favourite... myths and legends coming to life. Topped off with the wonderful absence of teenage drama makes this a delightful read. If you liked the excitement of Harry Potter, the modern mythological adaptations of Percy Jackson and a new take on some of the world's most mysterious legends then this is the book for you.

  • Katie
    2019-04-28 01:16

    I was first interested in this book for the same reason I'm sure it made the New York Times bestseller list...because it is about Nicholas Flamel, who is mentioned in the Harry Potter books, specifically in the first book about the Sorceror's Stone, as being a friend of Professor Dumbledore. Flamel was a real historical figure though who lived in the 1300's, was a scientist who practiced alchemy, and supposedly discovered the secret to eternal life (related to the sorceror's stone) as well as turning coal into diamonds and common metals into gold. The myth is that he and his wife are still alive to this day, the proof of that coming from the fact that their tomb in Paris is empty. I thought this book would be interesting by not only weaving in historical facts about Flamel but also telling a fictional story about what he would be doing today if he were in fact still living. The story itself got increasingly interesting but the writing leaves much to be desired. The gentleman sitting next to me on a flight back from Philadelphia said he'd read it also and told me that it was originally written in another language and that we were reading a translation, which would explain the strange phrasing. He didn't understand how it made the bestseller list though, but I am certain it's due to the Harry Potter connection. Along with other reviewers on this site, I don't care for the constant allusions to pop culture (iPods, Bluetooth headsets, Wikipedia, etc), which will most certainly date it within a few years. And I also don't care to hear for the umpteenth time that the main characters' parents (who are only mentioned at times and not ever involved in the plot) are archaeologists, which is somehow supposed to mean something but to me seems like an irrelevant sidenote. The characters, despite the fact that they were almost all real people who historically we know existed, or they were mythical creatures whose stories have been shared through generations, were just flat and one-dimensional. I couldn't get into the story because the characters had no depth. The author could have really fleshed them out more, considering he had a lot of historical fact and details to work with, but perhaps he assumed readers would know all the characters already? Sorry, I'm not well-educated in worldwide ancient mythology! Overall, it was an okay book; I have the sequel since I had assumed I would enjoy the first book much more than I actually did, and I'm not sure if I'm going to read it or not.

  • George Jankovic
    2019-05-26 21:24

    The Alchemyst is a teen/tween book that manages to combine various world mythologies into one. At the center of it is a mysterious Book of Abraham the Mage which has given immortal life to Nicholas Flamel and his wife. But the book can also be used to bring about the return of the Dark Elves and the enslavement of the human kind.Fifteen year old twins, Sophie and Josh, are the only ones who can save or completely destroy the world as has been foretold.I like the story of this book and, especially, how it fits many historical people, events and facts into it.Enjoy!

  • Franzis Bücherseelen
    2019-05-23 21:10

    3.5 Sterne von mir :)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-05-10 22:11

    Yet another book I loved as a kid and then stopped loving. Maybe I should just forget about reviewing these. Thousands of different world myths and world historical facts are integrated into one clever world. There's some interesting worldbuilding surrounding auras, which, although slightly overcomplicated, is certainly interested. As the series continues, however, it gets more confusing than enjoyable.As a fantasy story, this does fall a bit on the cliche side. There's the wise old mentor, who happens to be incredibly unlikable here, and if course the Chosen One trope. But in general, the myths used are creative enough to hold up the story. The characters are also exceptionally flat. Twins Sophie and Josh have contrasting destinies; one will save the world, and the other will destroy it. Unfortunately, the ambiguity of both these characters on the moral side is barely explored. In general, this series is a bit of a romp in wasted potential. It's fun as a kid, but it's nothing really special.

  • Amelie
    2019-05-21 23:26

    Ich würde an dieser Stelle jetzt gern sagen, dass mir das Buch einwandfrei gefallen hat und ich total begeistert bin, denn das wäre ich gern gewesen. Vor allem, da es wirklich viel gegeben hat, das mich vom Hocker hauen konnte. Besonders gut haben mir die vielen vielen Anspielungen auf die Mythologie gefallen! Die Art wie die Welt beschrieben ist, wie die Magie funktionierte, dass es "Götter" in dem Sinne doch gibt. All dies konnte mich voll und ganz überzeugen. Besonders natürlich in Verbindung mit den immer wiederkehrenden spannenden Verfolgungsjagden und lebensbedrohlichen Momenten.Die Charaktere waren nun auch nicht das, was man unsympathisch nennen könnte und es gab zur Abwechslung mal auch keine Liebesgeschichte, geschweige denn ein Liebesdreieck! Scatty und generell alle Älteren, Ältesten und wie sie nicht alle heißen fand ich durchweg überzeugend und auch Josh und Sophie waren wirklich nett. Allerdings gab es da jemanden mit dem ich gar nicht warm werden konnte: Nicolas. Und das war ein Problem, denn nun ja, das Buch ist zwar nicht aus seiner Sicht geschrieben, dreht sich aber im Prinzip doch hauptsächlich um ihn. Und wenn der einem dann nicht sympathisch ist, dann wird es schwierig. Es wird oft in Rezensionen geschrieben, dass Michael Scott sehr bildlich schreibt und man sich das Buch deshalb sehr leicht als Film vorstellen kann. Dem kann ich voll und ganz beipflichten! Andererseits gibt es auch hier (leider) wieder ein aber: Ich hatte in der ersten Hälfte des Buches das Gefühl, dass es ein wenig zu viele dieser Angriffsszenen gegeben hat. Mir kam es so vor als bestünde das Buch nur aus Angriff und Flucht und dann noch einer kurzen Szene, in der einer der Eingeweihten den Geschwistern ein bisschen mehr von der Welt der Magie erzählt. So spannend das rein theoretisch hätte sein müssen, da es mir wie Schema xy immer wiederholt vorkam, hat sich das für mich ein klein wenig gezogen.Nichtsdestotrotz habe ich das Buch gern gelesen, da es mich vor allem dank der Mythologie unterhalten konnte. Die Folgebände werde ich vermutlich trotzdem nicht mehr lesen, da ich gehört habe, da die Bücher würden sich im Prinzip nicht groß "unterscheiden" in dem Sinne, das eines besser wäre als das andere. Wenn ich also Der unsterbliche Alchemyst nicht bombenknallermäßig finde, werden die Folgebände wohl auch nicht bombenknallermäßig. Und man hat ja leider nun auch nicht unendlich viel Zeit und Geld...FAZITEin Roman, der mich unterhalten konnte, den ich aber durchwachsen fand und der für mich persönlich daher kein Must Read ist. Ich bin aber fest davon überzeugt, dass da die Meinungen sehr stark auseinander gehen. Vielleicht einfach mal selbst ausprobieren, wenn euch mein Urteil nicht reicht ;)

  • Jackie
    2019-05-05 23:13

    This is a serviceable fantasy that I plodded through. I liked the settings and descriptions - Scathach's dojo, Hekate's tree, the mix of characters from mythology, all very cool. But the story never grabbed me, I never had trouble putting the book down.I think it suffers from a lack of focus - since we don't follow just one character, we don't get much character development, and so we don't care very much about what happens to them. And I was disappointed that we didn't get to a natural break in the story at the end of the book - it just stopped. Yes, I know this is book one of a seven book series, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't get some kind of payoff for reading this one. I prefer The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, or Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan. Both of these have a bit more humor, too.

  • mary
    2019-05-17 02:18

    Αυτή είναι η δεύτερη φορά που διαβάζω τον Αλχημιστή, καθώς αποφάσισα να συνεχισω με τη σειρά και χρειαζόμουν μα επανάληψη, αλλά δυστυχώς ούτε αυτή τη φορά κατάφερε να με εντυπωσιάσει όπως και την πρώτη.Η Σόφι και ο Τζος Νιούμαν, δύο δίδυμα αδέρφια, αναγκάζονται να περάσουν τις καλοκαιρινές τους διακοπές τους στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο μαζί με τη θεία τους, καθώς οι αρχαιολόγοι γονείς τους ταξιδεύουν σε όλο το κόσμο.Μέσα σε μια μέρα τα πάντα θα έρθουν πάνω κάτω στη ζώη τους, όταν στο βιβλιοπωλείο που δουλεύει ο Τζος θα επιτεθούν κάτι περίεργα πλάσματα με σκοπό να κλέψουν ένα παλιό βιβλίο.Τα αδέρφια σύντομα θα ανακαλύψουν ότι οι ιδιοκτήτες του μαγαζιού είναι στην πραγματικότητα είναι ο διάσημος Νίκολας Φλαμέλ και η σύζυγος του Περενέλ, διάσημοι αλχημιστές που έζησαν χιλιάδες χρόνια πριν, όπως και ότι ο άνθρωπος που τους καταδιώκει είναι ο Τζων Ντι ένας από τους διασημότερους μάγους του 16ου αιώνα, ο οποίος αναζητεί εδώ και πολλά χρόνια τον Κώδικα το βιβλίο που περιλαμβάνει το μυστικό της αθανασίας του.Τα σχέδια του όμως δεν μπορούν να υλοποιηθούν καθώς ο Τζος πρόλαβε πριν χαθεί το βιβλίο μια για πάντα να πάρει μερικές από τις πιο σημαντικές σελίδες του, κάνοντας τον αυτόματα στόχο.Τα δίδυμα λοιπόν θα βρεθούν μπλεγμένα σε μια μεγάλη περιπέτεια όπου μύθοι και θρύλοι που ήταν γραμμένοι μόνο σε βιβλία μυθολογίας ζωντανεύουν μπροστά στα μάτια τους.Όμως η δίκη τους ανάμειξη είναι απλά συμπτωματική ή ο ρόλος τους είναι πολύ ο σημαντικός από αυτό που νομίζουν;Πολλοί ίσως γνωρίζουν τον Νίκολας Φλαμέλ μέσα από το πρώτο βιβλίο του Χάρυ Πότερ αλλά σίγουρα είναι ελάχιστοι αυτοί που γνωρίζουν τα μυστικά και την ιστορία που κρύβεται πίσω από το μύθο αυτής της αινιγματικής προσωπικότητας.Ο Μάικλ Σκοτ εμπνεόμενος προφανώς από το θρύλο αυτό δημιουργεί ένα εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον και πρωτότυπο μυθιστόρημα εμπλέκοντας μέσα και στοιχεία της παγκόσμιας μυθολογίας, κυρίως της ελληνικής.Μέσα στο βιβλίο παρελαύνουν θρυλικές προσωπικότητες της μυθολογίας όπως η Εκάτη,η Σκαθάχ,η Μόριγκαν υπό νέο πρίσμα και μέσα από εντελώς διαφορετικό κόσμο που έχει στοιχεία του αρχαίου και του καινούγιου.Ο συγγραφέας φαίνεται πραγματικά ότι έκανε πολύ μεγάλη και εξονυχιστική έρευνα προκειμένου να είναι ιστορικά και αρχαιολογικά ακριβείς συνδυάζοντας όλα τα δεδομένα με πολύ μοναδικό τρόπο και όχι απλώς παραθέτωντας τα.Θα απορεί λοιπόν κανείς γιατί σε ένα βιβλίο που έχει μια τόσο ενδιαφέρουσα και ξεχωριστή υπόθεση και που συνδυάζει τόσα μοναδικά ιστορικά στοιχεία έβαλα μόνο δύο αστέρια;Ο λόγος είναι ότι παρόλο που εκτιμώ την προσπάθεια και την έρευνα του συγγαφέα, αισθάνομαι πως όλη η ιστορία δεν κατάφερε να μου μεταδώσει κανένα συναίσθημα ούτε να ενδιαφερθώ για τους ήρωες.Η ιστορία του Φλαμέλ έχει πράγματι τεράστιο ενδιαφέρον, αλλά ο τρόπος με τον οποίο ο ίδιος και η γυναίκα του παρουσιάζονται μέσα στο βιβλίο είναι εντελώς άνευρος. Ο Φλαμέλ παρουσιάζεται ως ένας αφελής ηλικιωμένος που δεν του κόβει ιδιαίτερα πράγμα εντελώς απίθανο για κάποιον που έχει ζήσει τόσους αιώνες.Η Σκαθάχ εξίσου παρουσιάζεται ως ανώριμη έφηβη κάτι που δεν συνάδει με του αιώνες που υποτίθεται ότι έχει ζήσει.Μόνο η Περενέλ φαίνεται να παρουσιάζει μια ποι ώριμη εικόνα αν και πάλι δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ πως μια τόσο πανίσχυρη μάγισσα με τόσες πολλές ικανότητες επέλεξε να μείνει για όλη της τη ζωή με κάποιον σαν τον Φλαμέλ.Δεν ξέρω αν ο στόχος του συγγραφέ ήταν με αυτό το τρόο να προσδώσει έναν πιο κωμικό τόνο πάντως κατάφερε το εντελώς αντίθετο, να κάνει την ιστορία παδιάστική και ώρες ώρες εκνευριστική λόγω των κεντρικών ηρώων.Όσοα φορά τώρα τον Τζος και τη Σόφι μου πέρασαν από αδιάφοροι εως εκνευριστικοί και αυτό γιατί ο συγγραφέας δεν μπαίνει στην διαδικασία να σκιαγραφήσει έστω και ελάχιστα τους χαρακτήρες τους.Το βιβλίο μας εισάγει από τις πρώτες σελίδες στη δράση και δεν είναι απαραίτητα κακό αυτό, αλλά δεν δίνεται πουθενά χρόνος για να μάθουμε καλύτερα τους δύο κεντρικούς χαρακτήρες.Μέχρι και το τέλος του βιβλίου αισθάνθηκα ότι έμαθα πραγματικά ελάχιστα για το προγενέστερο περιβάλλον τους, για τους γονείς τους, για τη μεταξύ τους σχέση αλλά και για τους ίδιους.Πως λοιπόν να ενδιαφερθώ για δύο χαρακτήρες για τους οποίους δεν γνωρίζω σχεδόν τίποτα;Το μόνο που κάει ο Τζός όλη την ώρα είναι να αυτοεπαινείται για το πόσο καταπληκτικός είναι και Σόφι να παίζει τον ανηπόφορο ξερόλα που γνωρίζει τα πάντα..Παρόλα τα πρβλήματ απου βρήκα κυριώς στους χαρακτήρες οι οποίοι σαφώς και κινούν και την υπόθεση, εξακολουθώ να πιστεύω πως τα μυστικά του αθάνατου Φλαμέλ είναι μια αρκετά καλή σειρά φαντασίας με μια πολύ πρωτότυπη και ιντριγκαδόρικη ιδέα.Ελπίζω τα επόμενα βιβλία να είναι καλύτερα και να καταφέρουν να μου δημιουργήσουν πιο εντόνα συναισθήματα.

  • KatHooper
    2019-05-09 19:35

    ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.The 14th century alchemyst Nicholas Flamel has the secret codex containing the recipe for the elixir of life hanging around his neck. For centuries, Dr. John Dee has been hunting for him because he wants that book. Dee has finally traced Flamel to his bookstore in 21st century California. He busts in, gets all but the last two pages of the book, and kidnaps Flamel’s wife. Now the world is in danger because Dee plans to bring the dark Elder gods to power and they will enslave humans. When twins Josh and Sophie witness the crime, they get dragged into the mess. Along the way, they learn that, OMG, there’s a prophecy about twins saving the world!The most intriguing aspect of The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is the overall worldview that Michael Scott has developed. His elder god mythology accounts for all the other known pantheons, numerous archeological discoveries, various myths and legends (e.g., vampires, ghosts, Atlantis), historical events (e.g., the flood, the great fire of London, the Irish famine), real historical figures, and even fictional characters such as Frankenstein. I’ve seen this done before and I think it’s a fun idea and has tons of educational potential for its YA audience, but I tend to become gradually annoyed as the author continues to add more and more to it until it just gets messy. I groaned out loud when Excalibur showed up and then nearly turned off the audiobook when the Witch of Endor had a New York accent and claimed to have given humans both fire and the alphabet. I have to admit, though, that the thought of the Morrigan shopping on eBay is pretty funny.Unfortunately, this world-building seems to be the main intent of the book, so the plot and characterization suffer. The characters are only superficially developed. We’re told a lot about each of them, but by the end of the book it feels more like we’ve read their biographies than that we really got to know them. The plot mostly consists of running away, hiding, discovering prophecies, and suddenly gaining magical powers. It’s predictable and lacks intensity and excitement. Instead, there’s lots of dialogue and repetitive explanations designed to incorporate all of those disparate mythological and historical elements into the worldview.The plot has other problems — people just don’t behave reasonably. It was hard to take The Alchemyst seriously from the very beginning when, after centuries of hiding the codex from Dr. Dee and after telling him it had been destroyed, Nicholas Flamel whips it out so he can consult it to cast a spell at Dee... What? You’ve had that little book around your neck for 600 years and you didn’t bother to learn the spell you need to cast against the enemy who’s been chasing you for that long? And then you whip it out right in front of him when you know he’s stronger than you? Unforgiveable.The Alchemyst is likely to be enjoyable for YA readers who like learning about mythology and history — they’ll learn a lot and perhaps their zeal will make them less prone to notice the shallow plot and characters. Adults with full bookshelves will probably be less satisfied. I read the audiobook version of The Alchemyst and found that the performance of the narrator, Denis O'Hare, made this book bearable for me. His delightful accents and inflections, and his genuinely serious performance, were entertaining. I hope to read more from him in the future

  • PurplyCookie
    2019-05-18 22:19

    Scott uses a gigantic canvas for this riveting fantasy. The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California. At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. They are spoken of in a prophecy appearing in the ancient Book of Abraham the Mage, all but two pages of which have been stolen by evil John Dee, alchemist and magician. The pursuit of the twins and Flamel by Dee and his allies to get the missing pages constitutes the book's central plot. Amid all this exhilarating action, Scott keeps his sights on the small details of character and dialogue and provides evocative descriptions of people, mythical beings, and places. He uses as his starting point the figures of the historical alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife, who have found the secret of immortality, along with mythical beings, including the terrifying Scottish crow-goddess, the Morrigan; the three-faced Greek Hekate; the powerful Egyptian cat-goddess, Bastet; and Scathach, a legendary Irish woman warrior and vegetarian vampire. I have always been a fan of mythology so this is right up my alley. I love that the author has taken many of the myths from the world over and combined them. What an original and interesting idea. I am also learning about myths that I had never heard of.A skillful weave of history and legend, the first installment of this story leaves few ancient myths unexplained--The Greek legend Icarus, the Great London Fire, the Viking god Odin, vampires, the Black Plague of Europe, the Island of Atlantis, the Irish Potato Famine, martial arts, witches, the Philosopher's Stone, and the secret of eternal life--amazingly, though, none of them feels out of place. They help transform this fast-paced rollercoaster of magic, mystery and myth into a new legend that explains the stories of the past and holds the secret to all the ones to come.The lack of characterization in certain respects can probably put off a lot of readers. While the characters are not cardboard cutouts, their personalities and histories are not endlessly filled in with details supplied by the story. A reader will have to look hard to figure out who Josh, Sophie, and the Flamels are underneath all of the things that are happening in the story.I’m just wondering, if Flamel needs to get the elixir brewed--but he needs the book--my question is: after so many years, hasn't he memorized the recipe?!More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: Book Details: Title The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)Author Michael ScottReviewed By Purplycookie

  • Mike Meier
    2019-05-18 23:38

    This Book was AMAZING. The plot was incredibly clever. the author is a master of suspense. This book is a Sci-fi Action/Adventure book With a hint of a mystery. This book is about a boy and his sister working normal lives until their completly normal boss Nicholas Flamel is attacked by Gray men in black suits. Their boss turn out to be a Magic ball of energy casting alchemyst and he is an immortal. there are three main characters allthough i cannot remember their names, but these characters are all round characters and they change through the story. In this book the brother and sister go on an adventure with an immortal named nicholas flamel. During this they try to save the world from the dark forces and the EVIL "Doctor"The Dominant impression i got was A long Broken up road. i thoguht this because they travel on a logn journey and have lots of harships but they make it though in the end...i hope!The sequal is The Magician i will be reading this book to.