Monday, April 18, 2011

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

He holds the secret that can end the world.

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 protect--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.

A friend recommended this book to me, and at times I almost wish he hadn't. From the minute I started reading it, I didn't want to put it down.  I wanted to skip all of my classes so I could just stay home and read.  I love the mixture of ancient and modern; magic and technology; history and legend.

Another draw to this book is just how real and varied the characters are. I talk about "real" characters a lot, but it's important. Flaws and little personality quirks are what make characters three-dimensional rather than flat and boring.  Michael Scott's characters are anything but flat.  Each of them have different personalities, different things that make them tick.  It's fun reading about characters from mythology acting like normal people, and normal people not acting normal.

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