Sophie and Josh Newman, fifteen-year-old twins, are staying with their aunt in San Francisco for the summer. Their parents are archaeologists, and will be away on a dig in Utah for the entire summer. Sophie has found a job at a coffee shop, and Josh works at a used book store right across the street. They are both enjoying the city and their jobs, and everything is going great -- until Sophie sees some strange men enter the book store. There is something unsettling about them, dressed in bulky dark coats on such a warm summer day.
Josh, meanwhile, watches in astonishment as the bookstore owner is attacked by creepy men with dead-looking skin and flat, stony eyes. Everything they touch becomes putrid and rotting. The owner, Nick Fleming, fights back with amazing green fireballs. Sophie meets up with Nick Fleming's elegant wife, Perry, and when the windows explode in the book shop, they run across the street. Perry is kidnapped by the golems, and Sophie and Josh are left fleeing with Nick Fleming (aka Nicholas Flamel), cast into an adventure that brings with it startling revelations and devastating consequences.
The distant past comes to life, bringing with it beings and creatures from Egyptian, and Greek mythologies, to name a few. Everyone has an agenda, it seems, and no one seems willing to explain matters to the twins. How can they possibly know who to trust?
This first book in The Secret of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series opens with a bang and never lets up. The twins are thrust into one dire situation after another, and the plot proceeds at a breakneck, page-turning pace. While the book does come to a sort of conclusion, much of the story is left unresolved. Happily, the second volume in the series, The Magician, is now available. I'm looking forward to the further adventures of Josh and Sophie - and to revisiting the unusual and interesting characters they've met so far.
Books in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:
1. The Alchemyst
2. The Magician
The Alchemyst (#1 in The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series) by Michael Scott (Delacorte Press, 2007)
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