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Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:
 
A New York Times Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
An Indie Next List Selection
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
An IRA Young Adult Choice Book
An IRA Children’s Choice Winner
 
[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
Readers will be swept up.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred
 
Fans of adventure fantasies like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will eat this one up.” —VOYA
 
“An exciting and impeccably thought-out fantasy, well-suited for those left in the lurch by Harry Potter’s recent exeunt.” —Booklist

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 Warlock is the fifth book in the Nicholas Flamel series. Look for book one, The Alchemyst; book two, The Magician; book three, The Sorceress; book four, The Necromancer; 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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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385735332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385735339
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (303 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
New characters, old characters, lots of action, time traveling, learning more magic, and lots of surprises.

We learn so many new and wonderful things about characters we have met before. We learn things about characters that were merely mentioned in passing.

While I was worried about the time traveling aspect, the two timelines throughout the book were very easy to follow and distinguish from one another. The action for the group sent to the far distant past (and seemingly far away world of Danu Talis) was non-stop.

The current timeline, like in the previous installments, jumps from scene to scene based on certain groupings of characters. This too is action packed and full of surprises. Again we get lots of information about characters new and old.

It can feel, from time to time, like you need two charts to help keep track of everything: (1) a family tree to see who is related to each other and how; and (2) a chart to see who is on which side, moment to moment. There are folks flipping sides all over the place. Folks siding with the dark elders revolt and folks on the side of the Flamels revolt as well. It will be interesting to see where everyone ends up in the last book. One twist to confuse it all is revealed on the last page. In my head, I said "what the....? And then I can't believe I was right because I predicted it1" (So you know it's a good one!)

We get an excellent explanation of magic from the Earth Magic teacher. And we get two very different "teachings". Both are interesting, but nothing like what we've seen before. We learn more about how one's aura is involved and that both twins are more capable then realized when it comes to the magic that we know.
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Josh and Sophie Newman still can't believe all the magic, monsters and legendary people they've seen since Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel swept them away into the reality of Ancients, Dark Elders and Immortals. Their normal teenage jobs at the bookstore and café have been replaced with training sessions in elemental magic and terrifying chases through the Shadowrealms. They can't remember the last time they saw their family. They are the Twins of Legend now, and their old lives no longer exist.

Death is coming for Nicholas Flamel. After helping Sophie fight off the Archon bent on wreaking havoc on Earth, Nicholas's body is failing, his strength leaking from him. Unless a miracle happens, this will be his last day. And even if they somehow retrieve the Codex and mix a new batch of immortality elixir, he'll never get back the youth and vigor he once had. And poor Perenelle. She married Nicholas over 600 years ago. He is her life. And he will be gone.

Their nemesis, Dr. John Dee, might be outcast and hunted, but he's relentlessly pursuing his goal. He believes overthrowing the Elders will restore the world to its glory. Only this time, he will be in command. He's already stolen the Codex of Abraham of the Mage. Not only that, but he has Josh under his control. On his team. What he doesn't know is that Josh has the last two pages of the Codex hidden in his pockets. These pages would give Dee unparalleled power and allow him to carry out his latest version of revenge against the Elders.

Josh is seriously confused. Just a few days ago, he and his twin were inseparable, trusting each other for every decision. Now he's doubting everything he ever put confidence in. Are the Flamels a bunch of phonies? Did his sister Sophie really try to kill him?
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I absolutely love this series. This next installment does not disappoint as far as putting you on the edge of your seat for the final book. Without giving anything away, I will say that I was absolutely SHOCKED with how the book ended. I truly didn't have a single inkling that it would end like that and now I am of course yearning for the next one.

There was one thing about this book that did make it tough to read sometimes. At the end of the last book, everyone is really split up, so this book opens up in several different settings. Each chapter only discusses one setting at a time, so while you might be on a chapter about Sophie and her companions, you will have to wait another five chapters to find out what happens next with them. I've read books like this before, so sometimes when a chapter was really good, I would jump ahead and continue with that story line and then go back and read another storyline. At times, this type of structure slows the book down, though. In the end, Scott does successfully begin to merge the storylines.

I'm also reading the Kane Chronicles by Riordan, so there are times when I get Scott's world confused with Riordan's world. If your a fan of both of these series, I definitely would recommend that you not try to read them both at the same time.
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I was excited to feed my Harry Potter book worm with a spin-off of the series. 'The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel' series is based on J.K Rowling's character of the same name in the Harry Potter books who partners with Dumbeldore. Nicholas Flamel creates the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's stone and he and his wife live to incredible old age--without aging. 'The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel', due to copyright infringements, does not enter the Wizarding World in any way.

Having stated that, I need to stress that the only reason I searched this book out and opened the cover was because of it's tie in with Rowling's tales. I want to be very clear with others that may have the same impression that this work continues to delve into Harry Potter's expanded Wizarding World, that it doesn't.

I've apparently touched a nerve with fans of Scott's work with my review.
I did read the entire series.
I did not love it.
I didn't hate it.
It was okay.

I will mention the impression the author gives of Perenelle's hair having human qualities when she's riled, the tie-in with Yggdrasile, the life tree, that spans different worlds and myths woven within the series, and the various global, magical locations and their connections with lay-lines, have left an impression on me, just not an epic, Harry Potter impression. Which, was what I assumed when I learned the intentional tie-in.
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