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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Book Review: The Sorceress by Michael Scott

Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385735308
ISBN-13: 978-0385735308
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Nicholas Flamel
Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.

If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.

My Review

This series just keeps getting better and better. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flemal started with The Alchemyst. That book began what is now one of my favorite book series. Don't forget to read my review for The Alchemyst and The Magician by clicking this and that. I've reviewed the first two, so I didn't think I'd have that much to say on this one, being the third in the series. But, as I read the 512 pages in this book, I realized that there will never not be anything to say about these books. They are just so darn good. And with every page, Mr. Scott brings in more interesting things.

The historical (And mythological)  figures in this book are really what made it for me. I'm not gonna give anything away, but I'll just say that no matter who you are, there are people you will recognize from different histories, myths, legends, etc. that will really get you interested. The only primary characters that are invented by Mr. Scott are the twins, Josh and Sophie, who are the main protagonists. Most other characters that play any important role are from ancient history, or the darkest of myths. Egyptian, Roman, Greek, Celtic, all in one. In these books, the figures that were worshipped as gods in ancient times (Zeus, Mars, Horus, etc.) are all of the "Elder" race, creatures that walked the earth before humans. And, because of their immense power, reigned over the humans. Now, in modern times, these Elders are in hiding. If that doesn't sound cool enough, the Elders give some people the gift of immortality. That's how you see historical folk and whatnot. And, if you are like me, this sounds like a friggen' awesome story.

Yet again, Michael Scott has given a great job of continuing this epic story. With each and every word, you get drawn deeper and deeper into a world that will not only entertain, but keep you thinking, wondering what will happen next. And this is the main thing that keeps you reading. I finished this book in under two days, just because I had to keep reading. I warn you now, you start to read this book, you won't be able to stop. Get ready for some severe procrastination on your part.


  1. I'm already done reading the previous two books and looking for The Sorceress. Nice review!
    Ivan Bookworm

  2. Hmmm, I'm enjoying it enough to keep reading, but the constant plot-holes and mistakes and some other things like how many random people are immortal(could he not have left it with just one race or just gods or something?) ruin it for me. Also the constant swapping between POVs etc. can be hard to keep up with. Characterization is another issue too.....


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