Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series.
Nicholas Flamel’s heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.
But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.
If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.
The world building in this book is really well done. In the series so far, we’ve visited California, Paris, and Hekate’s shadowrealm. The Sorceress focuses pretty hard on three specific places: Alcatraz Island, London, and Stonehenge. The experience of being in these places is described in such a way that made it so I felt like I was there hiding along with Perenelle, strategizing along with Nicholas, and fighting monsters along with Sophie and Josh.
The development doesn’t end there. The existing characters are constantly evolving and new characters are developed just enough that I feel I’m having a conversation with them. (Though I’d love to avoid talking in person with Dr. Dee or Machiavelli!) I could really see the changes in Sophie and Josh as they grew used to the situation they’ve been thrust into.
From beginning to end, I was unable to put this book down. I can’t wait to continue the series and find out what happens next!
Overall, I rate The Sorceress 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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