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The Death of Joan of Arc: A Lost Story from the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel [Kindle Edition]

Michael Scott
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Michael Scott’s first-ever exclusive ebook short story delves into the world of the bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and offers readers a never-before-seen lost story—the story of two warriors who would become sisters.

Joan of Arc was not burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431. She was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior.

The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York, and it will leave you wondering: does Joan of Arc still walk the earth?

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to a great series! August 26, 2010
By Kris
Format:Kindle Edition
Mr. Scott does it again! Another great story! This tells us how Joan of Arc escaped being burnt at the stake and why history records that she died there, instead of being saved by Scatty. Knowledge of the series would be helpful - to understand who Scatty is and the importance of this story. It's a quick read, but totally fun and we get the beginning of the relationship between Joan and Scatty, which gives great insight which is helpful when reading the rest of the series. Scatty is one of my favoirte characters, so anything that she's in is worth the read to me. And, for $0.99, how could anyone pass this up!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I liked this story August 28, 2010
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Yes, I liked this story. It was short but full of action. It starts with Michael Scott's great prose and engaged me immediately. It's an intriguing offshoot of the Nicholas Flamel series and I'm hoping there are more and that they get longer and embrace the villans of the series and not just the heros and heroines.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very short and very good! January 17, 2011
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I approached this very short work from a bit of a different perspective than many. I purchased the Nicholas Flamel books for my son who has enjoyed them immensely, and I was very happy to have run across this short to buy for him (he has recently started using my Kindle for reading so this works out). I have been planning on reading the series too, but haven't yet, but I decided to give this a try to see how it is as a stand alone and how I like the author's style myself.

In brief, I thought it was great! Like many have mentioned it's short as you could probably imagine by the file size and the price (basically it's a little over 200 locations in Kindle-speak, and as this is an eBook only so far, those reading should have an idea just how short that is). Despite such a short format the story really worked well. Enough background information was given for the context, yet enough tantalizing bits were left to engage the curiosity. The descriptions were fantastic and I was left quite breathless at the end. I, like another reviewer did, call it 'too short'. But in my case this is only in the sense, of 'I really liked this and want more!'.

Of course, now I have bumped this series WAY up on my To Be Read pile...which is quite a testament to the quality of the short story presented.

Highly Recommended (and I imagine those who have read the balance of the series will actually call this A Must Read).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it... March 27, 2013
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All the info that this story gave was items that if you have read the books you have already figured out. I know it was only 99 cents but it was way too short for even that bit of money....don't waste your time or money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it January 1, 2013
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It isn't worth it it's like five pages long and I think it wasn't worth just don't for it own sale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't add much . . . January 25, 2013
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A few pages of cool action, but didn't add much to the story. I was hoping for some additional insight...but there was nothing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Take it for what it is, and you're likely to enjoy it September 14, 2011
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This quick and dirty short story fills in one of the more intriguing gaps from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It tells the story of how Scáthach, The Shadow, saves her dear friend Joan of Arc from death by pyre (though everyone thinks she was truly burned at the stake). It's short and sweet, a little morsel to tide you over until the final book in the series is released.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Bit of Background June 29, 2011
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No more than a ten or fifteen minute read, this ebook short story is part of Michael Scott's series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. William of York, approaching the end of a long life, has decided to tell the true story of an event that history has recorded rather differently, the death of Joan of Arc. An English archer assigned to guard the gates of Rouen at the time of Joan's execution via burning at the stake, William was a stunned eyewitness to what actually occurred - Joan's rescue from the burning pyre by Scathach the Shadow, also known as the Warrior Maid, the Kingmaker and the Demonslayer. Both Joan and Scathach are major characters in Mr. Scott's series and, while you won't miss anything of importance by not reading this story, it's quick, it's fun and it costs less than a buck, so why would you miss it?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Short Story
Michaels writing pulls you right in and this short story is no exception. I wish he took more time and room to tie it in with the broader series. But either way, well worth $.99!
Published 7 days ago by David R
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Quick Read Short Story featuring two characters from the...
This is another great read--and a short read. A fast-paced short story detailing what happened when people tied Joan of Arc to a stake and started to burn her.
Published 1 month ago by Joel R. Montgomery
1.0 out of 5 stars Too short to even call it a short story.
This story is only a handful of pages long. Just a single rescue scene. Not worth the time to read it.
Published 2 months ago by John A. Sudec Jr.
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Wish it was longer!
Okay, I know that the author has got to make money on his books but SERIOUSLY? It's like 10 pages or less! Ah well, guess you can't win them all.
Published 2 months ago by Cpetersen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too short.
Published 3 months ago by Katherine S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series, Provides helpful in sight into character backgrounds and helps to develop the story and motives of characters.
Published 3 months ago by swilliamt
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun story!
An enjoyable short story! You instant go wrong with Michael Scott!
Published 4 months ago by Deb J
5.0 out of 5 stars I think it would be a good stand alone short story as well
It was too short (well, I wanted more). This story filled in a bit of mentioned history from the series. I think it would be a good stand alone short story as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by jennifer haley
2.0 out of 5 stars no no
Wouldgave bought this book had I been advised this was a short short short story disappointed with the book and purchase
Published 5 months ago by mildred
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Like the whole series. Wish this was a complete book.
Published 5 months ago by thomas ruzga
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More About the Author

"Some stories wait their turn to be told, others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them."

By one of those wonderful coincidences with which life is filled, I find that the first time the word alchemyst--with a Y--appears in my notes is in May 1997. Ten years later, almost to the day, The Alchemyst, the first book in the Nicholas Flamel series, will be published in May.

Every writer I know keeps a notebook full of those ideas, which might, one day, turn into a story. Most writers know they will probably never write the vast majority of those ideas. Most stories wait their turn to be told, but there are a few which tap you on the shoulder and insist on being told. These are the stories which simply will not go away until you get them down on paper, where you find yourself coming across precisely the research you need, or discovering the perfect character or, in my case, actually stumbling across Nicholas Flamel's house in Paris.

Discovering Flamel's house was the final piece I needed to put the book together. It also gave me the character of Nicholas Flamel because, up to that point, the book was without a hero.

And Nicholas Flamel brought so much to the story.

Nicholas Flamel was one of the most famous alchemists of his day. He was born in 1330 and earned his living as a bookseller, which, by another of those wonderful coincidences, was the same job I had for many years.

One day he bought a book, the same book mentioned in The Alchemyst: the Book of Abraham. It, too, really existed and Nicholas Flamel left us with a very detailed description of the copper-bound book. Although the book itself is lost, the illustrations from the text still exist.

Accompanied by his wife Perenelle, Nicholas spent more than 20 years trying to translate book. He must have succeeded. He became extraordinarily wealthy and used some of his great wealth to found hospitals, churches, and orphanages. Perhaps he had discovered the secret of the Philosopher's Stone: how to turn base metal into gold.

Of course the greatest mystery linked to Nicholas Flamel is the story of what happened after he died. When his tomb was opened by thieves looking for some of his great wealth, it was found to be empty. Had Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel been buried in secret graves, or had they never died in the first place? In the months and years to follow, sightings of the Flamels were reported all over Europe. Had Nicholas also discovered that other great mystery of alchemy: the secret of immortality?

What writer couldn't resist a story that combined magical books, an immortal magician and grave robbing and, even more excitingly, that had a basis in fact? It begged the questions: if he was still alive today, where would he be and what would he be doing? Obvious really--he would be running a bookshop in San Francisco.

The Alchemyst was a tough book to write, probably the toughest of all the books I've done so far. It is the first in a series, and because the story told across all six books is so tightly integrated, keeping track of the characters and events means that I have to keep extensive and detailed notes. A minor change in book one could impact dramatically book three. There are tiny clues seeded into the first book that pay off in later books. The time frame for the entire series is very tight--The Alchemyst, for example, takes place over two days--so I too need to keep an hour-by-hour breakdown of events.

For people who like to know the practicalities, I write every day and sometimes all day and often long into the night. Nights really are the best time for writing. It's that time the conscious side of the brain is starting to shut down and the unconscious takes over. The following day I'll read what I've written the previous day, then edit and rewrite. I work on two computer screens; the story on one screen, notes and research on the second screen.

And now let me answer the question you are about to ask me because, sooner or later, everyone asks, "What is the secret of writing?"

A comfortable chair. A really comfortable chair--because if you're a writer, you're going to spend a lot of time sitting in it.


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