This tale of good vs. evil incorporates immortal humans who have been famous or infamous throughout world history, starting with Nicholas Flamel and Dr. John Dee. Flamel is trying to save the human race, and Dee is bent on bringing the dark elders back to restore the world to its original splendor and destroy the "humanies." Fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman are inadvertently drawn into the secret world of Flamel.
When the most powerful book in the world ("The Codex") is stolen by Dee and Nicholas' wife is kidnapped, it is up to Josh and Sophie to help Flamel try to retrieve the tome, rescue Perenelle Flamel and save the world at the same time. Sophie and Josh might end up being the twins of legend: "The two that are one, the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it." When Sophie is awakened to her aurical powers and Josh isn't, the tension between the two begins, along with the doubt of who really is good and who is evil.
Michael Scott writes a thrilling, breakneck fantasy full of strong and unusual characters. This tale draws upon mythology, legend and history for its heroes and villains. Along with exhilarating action, Scott embellishes his characters and settings with descriptive details that provoke his reader's imagination. Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel are historical figures; he is one of the most famous alchemists during the 1500s. They have found the secret of immortality in the "Book of Abraham the Mage" ("The Codex").
This book contains many magical formulas for the better and, of course, for the worst. The Flamels' mission has always been one of protecting the book from the dark forces, and to find and train the twins of legend. Mythical and legendary beings are intertwined throughout Scott's series, including the terrifying Scottish crow-goddess, the Morrigan; the vengeful god of war, Mars; the powerful witch of Endor; the deadly and vicious Valkyries; and the Irish shadow/warrior maiden Scathach, who also happens to be a vegetarian vampire, to name a few.
This fast-paced, cliff-hanging, fantastic work of fiction not only will fill the need of a new read for Harry Potter and Bartimaeus fans, it provides many facets of history, legend and mythology for fantasy readers to delve into beyond this series. "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" is a six-book series with the last one being published in 2012, "The Enchantress."
This is the one fantasy series I couldn't put down until I read the last book. All the fantastic creatures and immortal humans have interesting and mysterious back stories that can easily be researched and imagined. Hopefully, Scott will continue to write his intelligent fantasies for his children and young adult readers alike.