Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 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 and Nicholas Flamel lives. 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. And 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 really love the unique approach at historical fiction combined with science fiction and fantasy in this book. Things like immortal humans, vampires and magic are approached with such detail that there is no room for doubt. The characters have a solid level of development to them and are pretty easy to relate to. I find myself disliking Nicholas Flamel though because he’s not very forthcoming with information, which frustrates me given the situation in which he finds himself.
I love the connection that Sophie and Josh have throughout the book, even after Josh begins feeling less important. I’m really happy the author took the time to emphasize how average the two were before that fateful day in the bookshop because it helped keep focus on how lost they are in the world they’ve been thrust into. The story is interesting and moves really well. I had trouble putting it down!
Overall, I rate The Alchemyst 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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