The twins of prophecy have been divided—the end has begun.
Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the human race.
The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And they haven’t landed here by chance—the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back int time to Danu Talis to destroy it. For the island of Danu Talis, known in humani myth as the lost city of Atlantis, must fall if the modern world is to exist.
The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.
Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost—forever.
“Scathach was right,” he snarled. “She always said that death and destruction followed Nicolas Flamel.”
He nodded at the cells. “These poor beasts are driven solely by their need to survive and to feed. It is their nature, and their nature has made them predictable. But man, on the other hand, has the capacity to change his nature. Man is the only animal that can destroy the world.”
The Warlock is the fifth book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series and I honestly would not have had much of an idea what was going on if I hadn’t read the other books first.
The world builds upon what was already put into place in the previous books but the locations they have been to don’t get much more development, if they get any at all. San Francisco and Paris receive a little bit of building to expand on the locations they’ve been to and the new ones they visit or pass by, but Alcatraz receives zero new building whatsoever.
I like to believe this is at least partly because of the addition of Danu Talis, which I imagine was quite a complicated place to build because of the layout and design of the location itself. The details given are just enough to make reading the story an immersive experience, but I did often find myself lost trying to figure out where in Danu Talis things were. This might be due to the varied landscape of the island itself or because the explanation of it made it so.
In addition to the new location, we’re given a few new characters who bring their own depth and plot twists to the stories. These characters are described both physically and through their demeanor so reading about them is almost the equivalent of being around them in real life. However, I would not recommend being around them in real life as some of them are a dark, sticky bunch. Unless you like the idea of being eaten. If that’s the case, by all means. Enjoy yourself.
The existing characters also got a bit of development, with some serious layers being added to some. I especially love seeing how Josh and Sophie have grown and changed throughout the series, being affected so drastically by the events they’ve been forced to endure. It’s hard to think that everything so far has happened in only a week and honestly I’m amazed at how well they’ve handled it because most teenagers would have thrown in the towel on day one. Adults too, for that matter.
As I said before, the series is sequential and so much happens in each book that summarizing or recapping would take away from the story. I’m enjoying it a great deal this way, but I’m pretty sure reading this series out of order will lead to confusion, frustration, and possible book throwing. I just honestly don’t think there’s room in the story for looking backwards (which is somewhat ironic).
The story itself progresses quite a bit in this book. I honestly had trouble comprehending how it could have all taken place in a single day because wow. Lots of action. Seeing the character shifts affect the storyline so heavily was quite impressive. I especially enjoyed the Alcatraz arc because the changes were a bit unexpected.
If there’s nothing else I love, it’s a good plot twist. And boy oh boy does Michael Scott write a good plot twist! They may not come often in the story, but when they do, it takes a moment to recover from the shock. And the ending! Without spoiling, I can only tell you this is probably my favorite ending in this series so far.
In The Necromancer, I could tell that the suspense was really starting to build toward the story’s conclusion but that in no way prepared me for The Warlock. You could cut through the tension at the end of this novel with a knife, though I wouldn’t recommend it because knives + books = messy damage. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can’t wait to get my hands on the next and final book in the series!
Overall, I rate The Warlock 4 out of 5 bookworms.
Don’t just take my word for it. Order a copy of The Warlock and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to get your hands on a copy are:
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- Waterstones (UK)
- Book Depository
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For more information about Michael Scott and his work, visit his website.