The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is the story of two twins - Sophie and Josh Newman who happen to be in the wrong/right place at the wrong/right time (depending on how you look at it). They end up on a crash course in the reality of ancient magics and magical beings after they realize that their friend Nick Flemming is actually the infamous Nicholas Flamel - legendary alchemyst and keeper of the mysterious and powerful Book of Abraham the Mage. Nicholas and his wife Perenelle are in trouble with other ancient beings who have at last tracked them down in their quiet California bookstore and Josh and Sophie now seem to be their only hope for saving the world.
All in all this was a really fun book. I've always loved anything with ancient myths and legends and Scott twists the famous and not-so-famous characters and myths together in an expert way. The only thing I could say could have been better was that all the characters remain aloof and so you get to the end of the book still barely feeling like you know any of them. Which may in fact be part of his overall plan considering that the serious continues. I think if he had dug a little deeper and brought out more of their thoughts and feelings so you got to know the twins it would have easily been a 5 star keeper. As it is, I'm still excited to see what happens with Sophie, Josh, Nicholas, Perenelle, and even the dark and dangerous Dr. John Dee in the following books.
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