I was really pleased to get a chance to read this fourth book in Michael Scott's Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series as I had the pleasure of reading the first three last year. When I picked the book up I did wonder if I should have had another look at the previous books to re-acquaint myself with the story and characters. I needn't have worried. As soon as I began to read it all came flooding back and it was as if I had just put the other books down. The book has sixty-six short sharp chapters but every one of them moves the story along and there isn' t a wasted word in the whole volume.
The twins, Josh and Sophie Newman, are still coming to terms with their new powers and desperate to find someone they can trust. With Nicholas and Perenelle, former immortals, getting older by the minute and Dr John Dee now being hunted by the very Elders he served in the previous books, everything seems darker and the battles so much harder. Michael Scott knows exactly how to keep his readers turning the page and the book is hard to put down. How can you stop when there's another chapter to read?
With time-travel and journeys to the Shadow Realms filling the book it is not always easy to keep track of who is where and when. But that helps you to relate to the twins who have been swept up into this new and dangerous world where things change at a moments notice The relationship between the twins is well written, mixing protectiveness and love with jealousy and sibling rivalry.
There is a huge cast of characters spread over the series and even more join in this book but it is never a problem remembering who is who. The only problem is figuring out who to trust. The story twists and turns with every page and you are never sure who should be trusted from one chapter to the next. Whatever you decide will probably change by the next chapter. As they seem to hold the traditional mentor/protector role, you know you should trust Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle but the author drops little hints throughout the book that maybe they're not as good as we believe them to be. After all, there are those “secrets” mentioned in the series title.
All in all this is an excellent addition to the series and moves the story on to a completely different level. By the end of the book everything has changed again and the cliffhanger ending hooks you again and keeps you hanging on desperately for the next book.
Review by Andrea Chettle
2 positive reader review(s) for The Necromancer
An authority on mythology and folklore, Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror and folklore, he has been hailed by the Irish Times as 'the King of Fanta [...]
Olga from Malta
i absolutely fell in love with how the author writes these series. I got this book for my birthday from my best friend and she said that it is her favourite book. I am very disappointed that there are only 6 books in these series. I just wish that Michael Scott will continue writing more! I give this a 10 on 10. I definitely recommend this book series for all ages. Keep it up!
Kevin from Chicago
John from San Jose, California
I like the on going suspense and the way of how detailed the author describes the time, place, objects, people, etc; but I'm slightly disappointed to know that there are only going to be just 6 books for this series. I hope Michael Scott will continue this series somehow.
9.5/10 from 4 reviews
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 1 written by Michael Scott
Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the bo [...]
Our rating: 7.8 | positive reader reviews
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 2 written by Michael Scott
Ashes to ashes... California: the book of Abraham the Mage holds the secret of eternal life - a secret more dangerous than any one man should possess. Dr. John Dee is two p [...]
Our rating: 8.7 | positive reader reviews
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 3 written by Michael Scott
Dr John Dee has destroyed Paris in his mission to find Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman. The two missing pages of the book of "Abraham the Mage" are sti [...]
Our rating: 8.8 | positive reader reviews
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 4 written by Michael Scott
Sophie and Josh have returned to San Francisco. They must protect themselves from the Dark Elders, but they've not yet mastered the magic they'll need to do so. The [...]
Our rating: 9.0 | positive reader reviews
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Book 5 written by Michael Scott
AlcatrazAlthough their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loo [...]
Our rating: 7.0 | positive reader reviews
by Margo Lanagan
Rollrock island is a lonely rock of gulls and waves, blunt fishermen and their homely wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas [...]
Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews