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Thursday, May 20, 2010

The Necromancer by Michael Scott

Title: The Necromancer
Series: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel Book 4
Author: Michae
l Scott

Release Date: 25th May 2010

My Rating: 4/5

San Francisco:
After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?

Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not ho
ld her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters-an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco. Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.

Having been unable to regain the two final pages of
the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel. But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils.

I was very lucky to get an advanced copy of one of my favourite series and The Necromancer completely lived up to my expectations! For anyone who has not discovered these exciting books, do yourself a favour and pick up the first book, The Alchemyst. I credit this series as being one of the first in what is now a large list of urban fantasy books that I read. For a rather long time I had refused to read fantasy books, as I had a very narrow view as to what kind of content would come under that label. I am pleased to say, that roughly 4 or so years later, I now count many urban fantasy books as my all-time-favourites (including this one).

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is set in present day time but relies heavily on some of history and mythology's best known heroes and villains, from Joan of Arc, Mars - God of War and of course Nicholas Flamel (best known to the children of today from the first Harry Potter book), to Medusa and William Shakespeare. In the latest instalment, while still on the run from Doctor John Dee and with the Flamels aging rapidly, Sophie and Josh struggle to learn the remaining elemental magics and control these new found abilities, all the while still questioning the motives behind the actions of Nicholas and Perenelle. We also meet a variety of new characters such as Aoife - Scatty's estranged twin sister, Niten - warrior swordsman, Quetzalcoatl the feathered serpent and the mysterious hooded man with a hook for a hand.

I really wish Michael Scott would write faster, as another whole year before The Warlock is released is just too long!

The two that are one...The one that is all.


  1. Admire the efforts!

  2. I love these books and i've read them all while waiting for the sixth one and so dreading not having but so close to having it. :(

  3. The Necromancer is a great book and will make a great summer read. Current and new fans should enjoy the new plot lines in the story and be shocked and amazed with the exciting conclusion to this book. A summer must read.


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