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The Alchemyst

By: Michael Scott

Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle are not the lovely old couple running a simple book store like they appear to be. They are the Guardians of The Book of Abraham the Mage, also known as the Codex. Nicolas and Perry were born nearly 700 years ago and are still alive because the Codex contains the secret to the elixir of eternal life. This is not the only secret the book contains and should it fall into the wrong hands, like those of Dr John Dee, the world could be destroyed.

Sophie and Josh Newman stumble into the truth when they try to help the couple and this starts them down a path that brings them into contact with gods, goddesses, immortals and creatures out of mythology and legend. Sophie and Josh could be the twins of prophecy with their pure silver and gold auras. Their abilities need to be awakened and they need to be trained and it all needs to happen in a very short period of time. Each step is it’s own hurdle and could cost them their lives.

An intricately woven fantasy taking two modern teenagers and thrusting them into a hidden world of historical figures and myth. Scott blends the mythologies seemlessly into one story, making it not so much about branches as an overall battle between those on the side of the humans and those that aren’t. The characters are well developed and the world described with a detailed eye that vividly brings it to life. This layered story draws you in, and is paired with cracking action sequences. A great read that leaves you wondering who they will meet next and what is going to happen.

Publisher: Transworld Publ. Ltd. UK 

Published: 01 May 2008

Format: Paperback 375 pages

Categories: Fiction

ISBN 13: 9780552559164 

Purchase: here

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