Friday, January 6, 2012

Book Review: The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
Release Date: 24th June 2008
Random House

Format: Paperback 
Pages: 400
Rating: 4.5/5.0

This book was read as part of the 2012 OTS Challenge 

Summary from Amazon:
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"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."

I'm going to keep this review short and sweet because I'm currenlty reading the second book in this series, and want to get back to it - because these books are really, really good. From the first few pages, I was drawn in. Unlike some books, this one threw you directly into the action within the first few chapters, and managed to keep up the momentum for the rest of the book. And since the book was so engaging, with action pretty much non-stop, it made it extremely easy to read. 

Whilst the book was really good, I gave it a rating of 4.5 because the writing style, at times, annoyed me. Some facts were repeated excessively - it was as if Scott thought we had short-term memory loss and couldn't remember the important facts so he had to continually remind us. But if you can get past that, the book itself was a really enjoyable read. If you like anything involving magic, action, history and the supernatural, then you will enjoy this.

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