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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Ember; Slp edition (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375873112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375873119
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 3.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

  Michael Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, an authority on mythology and folklore, and one of Ireland’s most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, Michael has been hailed by the Irish Times as “the King of Fantasy in these isles.” The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamerl: The First Codex includes book one, The Alchemyst; book two, The Magician; and book three, The Sorceress, in the Nicholas Flamel series. Look for book four, The Necromancer; book five, The Warlock, and book six, The Enchantress, all available from Delacorte Press. You can follow Michael Scott on Twitter @flameauthor and visit him at DillonScott.com.


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"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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Good Mythological and historical references.
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When I first read these first three books, I admit to some initial disapointment.
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Action packed and filled with wonder and suspense.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Heatherandlance on November 21, 2010
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Good yarn cracking tempo, drags you along and you have to read the next chapter.
All three good story continuations. Good Mythological and historical
references. A fine well fleshed out characterisation of the Heroes and
Villians, oh and the many not so sures.
Enjoyed them immensley and now waiting for the next book.
Highly recommend. If you like Harry Potter and its character development
you'll appreciate this.

regards
Lance
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jovigirlem on March 22, 2011
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I read the first 3 books of the series over spring break. I seriously could not put them down. I know they are geared to young adults, but I loved all the mythology and history/fantasy in each book! Completely amazing research was done by the author. I am a huge fan, and cannot wait for the new book to come out in May '11!!!!
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By MG on December 3, 2010
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Bought it for my 11yr old.
He couldn't put the books down - had to tell him to stop reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Ann on September 6, 2011
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Wow! Great series. The first book, "The Alchemyst" was so exciting it left me breathless. I love the mixture of historical information with development of the story. Sometimes I wonder where fact leaves off and fantasy begins. Scott is a master storyteller!!!
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59 of 85 people found the following review helpful By RAM ANATI on October 22, 2010
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Be very very careful before you buy this set. When I got the announcement about this coming out, I was sure this was the next book. There was no information ANYWHERE that this is actually a set of the first three books. It doesn't even say so right now in the description.
So I ordered it, and got it, and it's useless since I already read all the 4 books.
If you plan on giving someone a present, or haven't read the books yet, it might be a nice set.
But if you already read the books... this will probably have no value to you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danie Tanaka on July 26, 2012
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When I first read these first three books, I admit to some initial disapointment. Mostly because without giving too much away the book is detailing what happens in a very short space of time. It's practically but not quite like the old show 24 hours which showed only one hour out of a day per week as the season went by to keep the people who watched it all the time on the edge of their seats. I wasn't one of those who watched it beyond the first episode because though it was action packed, the slowness was daunting to me. I felt the same way at the pace of this book. But I am a lover of history, mythology, and legends! So every time we were introduced to another character from one of those areas I was tickled with excitement. I relished that more than the action. And even a bit more than the action and magic! I wasn't impressed with the 'twins of legend'. And I came to realize it was my own wish prejudices and wish to get back to see what the myths, historical figures, and legends were doing. So I tried to relax my attitude open them. I read the entire series out of a curiousity to see where this story was going and my love of seeing these historical figure, mythical entities, and legends come to life in the pages of my kindle fire! And I have to tell you that my patience paid off. The story is being founded here but really gets 'good' in the last two books. If you have the patience to stay with it because you have the interest or curiousity or love of a character--perhaps the twins even!--then the story is exceptionally worth starting and fulfilling. You just have to know that you have to be in it for the long haul. But lucky for you and and I the series is completed and we're not waiting for the writer to complete the series. You just need to purchase it when you can.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By blnickell on December 1, 2012
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I originally purchased these books for my daughter but she got the Harry Potter bug and hasn't gotten around to reading them. However, I have been reading them and enjoy the sibling-based storyline. The writing has a good flow and isn't nearly as cheesy as I thought it might be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cookie on September 10, 2012
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My sons - ages 8 and 10 when they read these books - loved these books. This set was purchased as a gift for another child who loves to read because my kids wouldn't let go of their copies.

My kids tell me that these books had wonderful plots and were written in a way that held their interest

Summary from my kids: There are a pair of twins who are the most powerful people ever. One is destined to save the world and the other is destined to destroy an ancient world - the "bad" world. Nicholas Flamel and his wife are looking for these twins their entire life and are guarding the codex which has the knowledge to destroy the world or save the world. Magic, sorcery are the main themes. Appropriate for kids above age 9 or 10 in general, possibly younger if they are good readers. Excellent tween level writing. Certainly gripping for my kids.

This is just the first part of the series - there is another set of three books that follow.

Highly recommended.
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