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The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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
[STAR] “[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” —School Library Journal, Starred
[STAR] “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
From the Hardcover edition.
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 Alchemyst is the first book in the Nicholas Flamel series. Look for book two, The Magician; book three, The Sorceress; 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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This absolutely a great fantasy, mixed with reality book. If you're a fan of Percy Jackson. Well, it doesn't have Percy Jackson but it has two other heroes a brother and sister. They travel all around the world trying to solve a problem and they have an Immortal Person named Nicholas Flamel leading them. Is he really on their side? Is he just using them? They have all these people from history and they seem to be Immortal also.
Well, that's all i'm gonna tell you. Get BOOK 1...then get to this one. Because i'm not gonna give you a ***SPOILER***
Another marvelous example of Scott's ability to intermix the horrific and the humorous comes when the sorceress Perenelle frees Areop-Enap, a monstrous spider Elder, from its magic-guarded cell. When the monster leaps at her, Perenelle whaps it on the head with the flat side of her sword and exclaims, "Oh, stop that!" to which the hideous spider replies, "That hurt! ...You're always hurting me. You nearly killed me the last time I saw you." I do not mean to give the impression that the book is all humorous repartee, for much is indeed given over to very serious and dangerous adventures, but episodes of side-splitting laughter on the part of the reader do recur with fair regularity.
The author obviously knows a wide variety of myths and legends and brings them to life in the here and now with a vivid, creative imagination. His literary pot is constantly being stirred, mixing the ancient with the modern and the serious with the humorous. It is this continually changing tone and tenor that makes the book somewhat more than a mere fantasy story for younger readers. I am well past the "younger" reader category, yet I found the book to be a light, delightful adventure. It is also a very fast read--I tend to read slowly but devoured it in three sittings. In truth, I hated to put it down at all, for one does get caught up in the adventure and is dying to know what happens next.
Have I any criticisms of THE MAGICIAN? Well, it certainly isn't great literature with multi-layered symbolism and universal observations on the human condition, but we knew that before picking it up, and we expected to find some light, escapist, diversionary reading, which is precisely what the book delivers. It is most obviously the second book in Scott's "Nicholas Flamel" trilogy, and one does need the background provided in the first book (THE ALCHEMYST) to avoid being somewhat lost in the beginning of THE MAGICIAN. If you are coming to this book first, you may be making at least a small mistake; read the books of this series in order! Likewise, do not expect this book to provide a satisfactory denouement to the story line. It definitely leaves the reader hanging, on purpose, of course, since Scott does want us to buy the third book, THE SORCERESS. This book, therefore, has neither a satisfying beginning nor ending, but that is to be expected of the middle book in a trilogy.
Two descriptions I did find joltingly unrealistic, and both continued to bother me through the rest of the book. Scott's descriptions of the wailing police sirens in the streets of Paris, France seem to describe the constant wailing or warbling tone of American sirens. Those are not used in France, where a rapidly alternating high-low tone signals the presence of an emergency vehicle. (To hear one, simply do a Google search on the phrase "French police siren.") The other inappropriate description is of a breakfast in Saint-Germain's home and includes fare such as sausage and pancakes, definitely not characteristic of a French breakfast! These glitches were enough to damage rather seriously the effect of chasing (and being chased by) monsters in the French capitol.
Despite a few stylistic flaws, THE MAGICIAN is a fine frolic in fantasy literature and provides a nice bit of escapist reading for adolescents through grown-up adults. It is an effective sequel to THE ALCHEMYST and an equally effective prelude to THE SORCERESS (a copy of which I have already ordered from Amazon.com). If one is exploring these reviews to choose a gift for a young but enthusiastic reader of fantasy literature, I recommend giving all three books as a set so they can be enjoyed in the proper sequence. (My reference to this series as a trilogy is predicated on the publication of THE SORCERESS as the latest and third book in Scott's "Nicholas Flamel" series; if all six planned volumes come to pass, I suppose I be referring to a hexad.)
And as my final thought (I promise--this IS my final thought!), couldn't these books be transformed into some very entertaining motion pictures? If we can do it to C. S. Lewis' CHRONICLES OF NARNIA and to J. K. Rowling's HARRY POTTER books, we can surely do it to Michael Scott's creations!