If you are searching for a book full of action, suspense, adventure, and supposedly long-dead famous people, then this is the book for you. The book was full of interesting people and places, as well as special powers, such as the fact that Sophie learned the second element-- fire Magic. It was a pretty good read, but it was not excellent. The book was well written, and the language used was interesting, but some of it just was not compatible with the rest of the story. For instance, the characters’ feelings sometimes did not seem real, mainly Josh’s and Sophie’s. Josh keeps feeling hurt that he was not awakened while terrifying monsters are after him. Sophie is pretty oblivious to Josh’s feelings throughout the entire story. It seems to me like Josh has his priorities backwards. The book was not a hard read, but it was not an enormously easy one, either. There were some pretty interesting scenes, such as when Saint-Germain lit up the Eiffel Tower with his fire magic. This series will not be the next Harry Potter, but it is still a worthwhile read. I would recommend this book, but it would be wise to read The Alchemyst (the first book in the series) before this one.
Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA