The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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13 Critic Reviews

By the last page of this exhilarating journey, it’s delightfully clear that the ending is merely the beginning.
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Synopsis

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Alchemyst, book one.
 
The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.
 
The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of eternal life.
 
   The records show that he died in 1418.
   But his tomb is empty.
   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 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. 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] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—SLJ, Starred
 
Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress
 

About Michael Scott

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An authority on mythology and folklore, Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, he has been hailed by the Irish Times as "the King of Fantasy in these isles." The Necromancer is the fourth book in the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Look for book one, The Alchemyst; book two, The Magician; and book three, The Sorceress, all available from Delacorte Press. You can learn more about these books at www.thealchemyst.com. You can visit Michael Scott at www.dillonscott.com.
 
Published May 22, 2007 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 402 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The Alchemyst
All: 13 | Positive: 12 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Good

By the last page of this exhilarating journey, it’s delightfully clear that the ending is merely the beginning.

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Examiner

Good
on Oct 15 2010

With an ever expanding cast of mythological and historical figures, Michael Scott weaves a rich and fast paced story that keeps readers quickly turning the page to see what happens next.

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Suite 101

Good
on Nov 30 2009

The excellent characters, ingenious mythical world, and general originality of Michael Scott's The Alchemyst makes it a great triumph in young adult writing after the time of Harry Potter.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Nov 25 2012

It's an absolutely marvellous piece of blockbusting aura power.

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Teen Reads

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Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens on May 22 2007

A skillful weave of history and legend, the first installment of this story leaves few ancient myths unexplained...They help transform this fast-paced rollercoaster of magic, mystery and myth into a new legend that explains the stories of the past and holds the secret to all the ones to come.

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SF Site

Good

The book is teeming with good role models for youth and older readers as well.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on May 22 2007

Though the good-vs.-evil and kids-with-secret-powers themes may be well worn by now, nothing about this story -- from its setting and characters to its intricate use of myth to create an alternative history of earth -- is typical.

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Teen Ink

Good
on Mar 18 2014

This book was magnificent. I never wanted to put it down. Before I did not read much fantasy, but my friends recommended it to me and now I recommend it to everyone else who does not really like fantasy or does.

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Teen Ink

Good

Scott did a great job of imagining another side of Flamel's life that I wouldn't have thought about before.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
on May 24 2011

Even if you are not a fan of the supernatural, the way Scott wrote the book sucks you in as fast as a whirlpool.

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Teen Ink

Below average
on Apr 17 2010

In conclusion, this book has some great inspirations behind it, but the plot could have taken the reader much deeper into a more complex story with more “real” characters.

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Teen Ink

Good

A true taste of the magical world of San Francisco awaits you, and will make you question the boundaries of “normal.”

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Flamingnet

Excellent
on Aug 28 2007

“The Alchemyst” is a fabulous book and I would recommend it as a must read for young adults.

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