Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Magician

When Nicholas Flamel, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty flee from Ojai, California, and the unpleasant John Dee, they end up in Paris. (They get there by passing through a leygate that was opened by The Witch of Endor.) They have lost the very important book of Abraham the Mage to John Dee and the Dark Elders, except for two key pages. Unfortunately, a certain disturbing character called Niccolo Machiavelli teams up with John Dee to hunt them down in order to obtain the above mentioned remaining two pages of the book of Abraham. The book is important because it has extremely dangerous secrets -- it could destroy or heal the world. All that is necessary to obtain that dangerous secret are the two missing pages. There is also the minor detail that without it (the book), Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel waste away, aging a year each and every day. Perenelle happens to be on Alcatraz Island, guarded by a sphinx, and alone besides said sphinx except for a few ghosts. Her escape of the island is quite remarkable. Luckily, the group of Nicholas Flamel, the Twins, and Scatty has help. In Paris, they find assistance in Joan of Arc and the Comte de Saint-Germain, an alchemist, magician, and rock-star. This is truly a story full of adventure, surprises, and big explosions.

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 Age:15

Reviewer City, State and Country: Charleston, SC USA