Saturday, January 14, 2012

Book Review: The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2) by Michael Scott

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2) by Michael Scott
Release Date: 28th April 2009
Random House

Format: eBook
Pages: 496
Rating: 5.0/5.0

This book was read as part of the 2012 OTS Challenge 

Summary from Amazon:
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"In the second book in the New York Times bestselling series, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Light, home to Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, lives in Paris and is working for Dr. John Dee. He’s in hot pursuit, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope. . . . If they don’t turn on each other first."

Just like the first book in the series, Michael Scott has managed to write a very entertaining and enthralling novel. Again, this book threw you directly into the action, taking off from where the first book ended. And, again, the book managed to keep me enthralled for almost 500 pages (and I struggle to read books that are that long). But because of the way the book was written - with non-stop action and short chapters - it doesn't feel like to book is 500 pages long, and you could easily get through it in a matter of days. 

And I'm really enjoying the plot - the action is non-stop, the story is progressing at a good rate, and new and interesting characters are being introduced. And while each book only really covers the events of a day or two, the books doesn't seem drawn out because so much is happening. The other side of it is that people could criticize the book because too much is happening at a time, but I think Scott has done a good job at deciding how much to put in each book - its got just the right amount of plot progression, just the right amount of character development and just the right amount of action.

I'm really enjoying this series at the moment - hopefully the next book will be just as good!

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