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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Book Review: The Necromancer by Michael Scott

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Ember (April 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780385735322
ISBN-13: 978-0385735322

San Francisco:
After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?

Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters-an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco.
Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.

Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel.

But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils. . .
My Review

And so continues an incredible series. The Necromancer is the fourth installment to The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and these books are just fantastic. Really, I haven't enjoyed a whole series like this in a while. They're just crazy good.

Some of the things I like about it? Sure, you can read my reviews for the last three books of the series here. But here's my review for The Necromancer.

One of the most obvious things of these books is the amount of time each one covers. I guess the average is about two or three days. So far, the whole series has spanned the time of a little over a week. This being said, you know that since each book is fairly long, you know that they're very detailed. And at first, I thought this would get tedious and boring after a while. I was wrong. Michael Scott goes into deep parts of the story so it's easy to get everything. And this is one of those stories where you just have to get every detail you can. Otherwise, your head might possibly explode. The finale of the series, The Warlock, came out just a few days ago. I got the book the morning of May 24, the day it came out. Sadly, I finished it the night of May 24. There is only one complaint that I can think of: I wish the book had been longer. Yes, it was a fairly long book, but I don't think I can wait till the fifth in the series comes out.

Once again, Mr. Scott demonstrates his ingenious writing skill. I, personally, am baffled at how he gets the inspiration for all this stuff. It really is amazing how just when you think the rest of the book is a straight highway ahead, the road of the story goes into another set if twists and turns. This dude really knows how to write... Whatever genre this book is in. Fantasy? Historical fiction? Mythology? Methinks I will call it Scottstoricalantasyology. That seems like a good name.

Who would've thought Prometheus was southern?


  1. I completely agree that Scott is a genius. The plot of this series is just so captivating! I love how easily and perfectly he incorporates mythology into the books while keeping the plot moving at a nice pace. The characters are also all wonderful to read about. The Necromancer was great but I liked it a little less than the first three. I still need to get my hands on The Warlock!

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  3. I haven't read this series, but it does look interesting. I've been contemplating starting it and your review definitely makes me want to read them! Thanks!

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  4. i ultimately love this series! they are so much fun to read! i can't wait until i get my hands on the 5th book. :D

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