Last year I came across a book at my local Barnes & Noble bookseller called The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. The cover alone caught my attention, and yes, I am one of those people! I have discovered amazing reads along the way due to judging a book by its cover. I mean, really, who wants an ugly book on their bedside table?
Anyway, let me get back on track here. I picked it up and immediately noticed the author’s name, Michael Scott. Now of course I thought this was a joke, some kind of promotional piece of fiction for the crazy boss on The Office, but alas, it was the real deal. This Michael Scott has no affiliation to the fictional one on television but he is still worthy of stardom. The Alchemyst was, I shortly found out, the first book in a series that was expecting five more installments. Given that I am a major Harry Potter nerd and have a rather obsessive interest in magic and vampire lore, this story sang out to me.
The plot centers around Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle, who are well over 600 years old. They are on a quest to find a special set of twins. They have found many sets throughout their years but never the right ones, the twins of a prophecy set in motion by a man named Abraham the Mage. The first book introduces the real twins of legend, Sophie and Josh Newman, a silver and a gold, into the Flamels lives. Silver and gold referring to their auras, which in the series is the source of magic within people and immortals. From there things move rapidly, big twists and sharp turns, leading the reader on a grand journey of battles and near-death experiences with monsters and immortals. As the series progresses we delve deeper into this magical and dangerous world with The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer & finally the fifth installment, The Warlock, which I just finished reading today. There is one more book in the series before it is completed and The Warlock leads us right up to an epic battle that will determine whether our world and that of the immortals will be saved or be obliterated. “So you must choose. A thousand years before I wrote this tablet, I created the prophecy that ends with the words The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it. Which one are you, Sophie Newman? Which one are you?” – Abraham the Mage
Michael Scott is a true visionary in this work written for young adults, but beloved by many grown-ups too (myself included). I am excited for the sixth, and final installment, The Enchantress which is due out this summer!