Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mythology
Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And they’re both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they’ll need to protect themselves, 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, and now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose them 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.
But the Magician 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.
*Purchased this novel of my own accord*
The Necromancer always kept me on the edge of my seat during every scene, every chapter. The action, the dialogue, the heightening of the plot, the story, the characters; everything about this book proves to be a spectacular continuation of the series.
Throughout the series the twins got on my nerves, Josh the most. His attitude just really struck a nerve as I continued to read during the series. I just couldn’t tolerate his obnoxious and resilient attitude towards the Flamels or anyone. I understand the factions of trust severed through the progression but they’re risking their lives to save YOU! God, i just become hot-blooded with Josh and Sophie at times.
One thing that I always happen to enjoy when reading the Nicholas Flamel series is the settings and the mythological aspect that Michael Scott incorporates into the series. I always enjoy going to search the places that he describes or the mythological Elders that he encompasses. And I always enjoy how he can weave such beings and places into the story and make it all seem so, so…natural. Yes, natural. When I read this series it gives me goosebumps, not because of the action, but because of how incredibly sound the story is and how it feels like things that happen in the story could be happening behind closed doors.
Final Summation: More new characters are being added and taken away left and right. Some are much harder to part with than others. But each and every character plays a part in these novels. None are ever mentioned without purpose. Sophie and Josh have been testing my patience with these sibling rivalry. And the fact that the Flamels keep all of these secrets from them does not help the cause. Another great installment to the Nicholas Flamel series. The stakes just keep rising, and my mind races for what is going to happen next.
First Line: “Never though we’d ever see this place again.” Sophie Newman grinned and looked at her brother.