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The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2)

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Ashes to ashes…

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In the hands of Dr. John Dee and the Dark Elders, the book of Abraham the Mage could mean the destruction of the world as we know it. The most powerful book of all time, it holds the secret of eternal life—a secret more dangerous than any one man should ever possess. And Dee is two pages away from the knowledge that would bring the Dark Elders int
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Hardcover, 496 pages
Published 2008 by Doubleday
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Phrynne
Okay, well I gave two stars to The Alchemyst which is book one in the series and basically thought that it was a bit childish and I probably would not read book 2. The I saw book 2 has a group rating over 4 and thought "well it can't be that bad". So I read it and it was certainly better than book 1. It still wasn't really good though. The story is okay. The magic is that irritating kind where people can do incredible things but then they have to eat or sleep before they can do anything else. An ...more
Franco  Santos
3.5

Bastante mejor que el primero. Este tomo mantiene errores presentes en El Alquimista, pero es más dinámico y un poco (solo un poco) menos pesado.

Buen final.
Tamora Pierce
Jun 04, 2009 Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More actiony than the first book, and not quite as gripping for me, as the characters just tumbled from chase to chase, and weird enemy creature to weird enemy creature. Readers who like that, however, will eat the book up, and I'm still fascinated enough to read the next book. I admire Scott's grasp of world myth and legend--in that respect he's up there with Neil Gaiman, Jane Lindskold, and Guy Gavriel Kay!
Y
Book Two suffers from most of the same weaknesses I mentioned in the review for The Alchemyst: the odd sort of dryness to the writing (don't know if that's quite the word I'm looking for, but no other word is really coming to mind) that causes the book to feel rather dull in places, even when it's during a scene with lots of action, and the bad habit of repeating facts that we've already established over and over. First, we need to relisten to all the main points of what occurred in The Alchemys ...more
Saga
Sep 18, 2011 Saga rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Egads, what a moronic bullturd this book was. I wanted to see whether the sequel might have possessed any redeeming qualities, but didn't meet any on the way. It's as if the author fished out some sleazy Mary Sue fanfiction from of the pits of FF.net, squashed it together with some hideously sodomized bits of world mythology, and went off begging for publishing rights. I don't understand the abundance of 5-star reviews here. Seems like people's tastes have REALLY sunk these days.

Plot? I once *t
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Kathleen
Jul 21, 2008 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only complaint that I have about the Magician is the same complaint that I had about the Alchemyst - where is the next book?

Michael Scott deftly picks up Sophie and Josh's story where the Alchemyst left off. And although it had been over a year since I had read Alchemyst, I was never lost or feeling that I needed to go back and re-read the first book. Mr. Scott did a wonderful job of weaving pieces of book 1 into the Magician.

In this story, Sophie and Josh are in Paris with Nicholas Flamel a
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mary
Jul 27, 2015 mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-books
Αν και το πρώτο βιβλίο της σειράς δεν με εντυπωσιάσε ιδαίτερα, πίστευα ότι το δεύτερο τουλάχιστον, εφόσον πλέον ο συγγραφέας μας εισήγαγε στον κόσμο που έχει δημιουργήσει, θα ήταν πιο ενδιαφέρον και πιο αγωνιωδες.Μέγα λάθος.Δυστυχώς το δεύτερο βιβλίο κινείται πάνω ακριβώς στα πλαίσια του πρώτου βιβλίου μη προσφέροντας κάτι καινούργιο.
Ο Νίκολας Φλαμελ μαζί με τα δίδυμα και τη Σκάθι, καταφεύγουν στο Παρίσι για να γλιτώσουν από τον Ντι.Εκεί έρχονται σε επαφή με τον Κόμη Σεν Ζερμέν, που πλέον είναι
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Sarah
Apr 01, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was even better than the first. I really love the new characters introduced and I love that they are such prominent members from history. Scott does an excellent job of weaving imagination into known history. Many of the problems that existed in the first book were gone from this one and the action was even better. My only slight problem with this book was the pacing. I kept thinking it was about to end, because I was listening on audiobook and wasn't sure how much was left. But the boo ...more
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
This series is actually shaping up to be pretty good. And I like how the book title seems to refer to more than just one character, at least in this instance -- going in, we assume 'the Magician' refers to Saint-Germain, but Dee is a magician as well. Nicely done, Mr Scott. I'm assuming 'the Sorceress' will be Perenelle, but we'll see.

This was a decent installment. Not a fan of the changing narrators, but whatever. There was lots of action and I loved the inclusion of historical figures like Joa
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Meera K.
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Wendy Laharnar
Jul 13, 2008 Wendy Laharnar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: The book was a gift from someone who knows me very well
I love anything to do with Alchemy and having recently spent time in Paris this adventure was doubly entertaining for me.
It's about twin teenagers who find their own magic and deal with the magic that surrounds them in the modern day streets of Paris. The author's wildly imaginative concepts are dark and dangerous. This is fun read for those who are still in touch with the child within.
Megan
Dec 24, 2008 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who likes a good fantasy novel
Recommended to Megan by: my Reading teacher
What a great book! The Magician, the second book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, totally rocked my world!

Josh, Sophie, Nicholas, and Scatty have used the leygate in Ojai to get to Nicholas' home in Paris, France and escape the evil Dr. John Dee. Sophie has already been Awakened by Hekate and has learned the secrets to the magic of Air. She is now ready to master the next elemental magic: fire. But when they arrive in Paris they don't receive a warm welcome. Dee's partner,
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Donna
Jan 11, 2015 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Not just for kids. I loved this book. From the beginning it shot off at rocket speed and didn't slow at all. I usually find myself pondering the writing, the characters, etc., but there was none of that here. (Well hardly any. There was too much to absorb.) It gripped me from the beginning. I was sad when it ended, and I am excited to start the 3rd book in this series.

The only thing that was annoying was the brother. I don't think it is completely necessary to turn him into a total little
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Humberto Cnca
Oct 25, 2008 Humberto Cnca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My goal for this week was to start a new book. I started a new book. I read pages 1-358. I read a lot. In the book the magician Nicholas Flamel took the 2 twins from the prophecy, Sophie and Josh, to Paris with the help of Scatty. When they arrived Nicholas accidently acctivated an alarm all of Nicoolo's RAID squad had the old church surrounded. Further into the book Nicholas old student Comte de Saint Germain teaches Sophie fire magic. josh doesn't get his powers awakened but, he gets somethin ...more
Katie
Feb 25, 2009 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The first book in this series, The Alchemyst, was not that great, and the second book is proving to be equally disappointing. However, I am not one to stop reading a book right in the middle, so I am trudging onward. It's not that this book, or this series, is entirely terrible, it's just that it lacks something that would make it enjoyable. I've been pondering what is missing and I think I've figured out a few things. First of all, the characters are not in any way people you feel sympathy or c ...more
Emmanuel
Jan 09, 2014 Emmanuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this quite a while ago, but something I did today got me thinking about this series and I remembered I hadn't finished reviewing it! The thing, irrelevant, this review, very! Haha

'The Magician' is the thoroughly captivating sequel to 'The Alchemyst', and the second book of the series. It starts up where the first book ended, with the destruction of Hekate's shadowrealm. After an ending like that, you've got to make sure whatever comes next doesn't loose the readers' attention, and I thoug
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Karen
I still think of Michael Scott from The Office every time I pick these books up.

These books are fine, but not at the top of my list for kids' literature. The character development was slightly better in this one for some of the characters -- St. Germain and Joan of Arc felt more fleshed out, and a little bit for Perenelle. Unfortunately, Sophie, Josh, and Flamel remain fairly bland, and Josh's jealously over Sophie's "awakening" mixed with his fear of losing her has been beaten to death. Add in
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Uci
Mar 23, 2009 Uci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hibah-hadiah
Fiuuuhh....seruuu!!! Harus diakui, Michael Scott memang jago bikin pembaca (saya) tersihir dan enggan berhenti sebelum tiba di halaman terakhir. Seperti sedang menonton film saja rasanya. Tadinya sempat 'curiga' kalau sekuel The Alchemyst ini nggak akan sebagus buku pertama, tapi ternyata kecurigaan saya tidak beralasan.

Makin banyak makhluk2 aneh yang dihadirkan, makin banyak legenda dan mitos yang dibangkitkan. Makin banyak pula gadget modern yang berseliweran.

Walaupun demikian, pertanyaan say
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Matthew Largo
Apr 04, 2016 Matthew Largo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Magician by Michael Scott was an amazing adventure-filled book that continues on from the end of The Alchemyst. I really love that in each individual book the twins learn a different element of magic and get trained instantly. I also love the fact that Josh was finally Awakened and when combined his aura with his sister's (Sophie) to create powerful magic. However, I don't really like how the Disir had to ruin everything that was going on at Paris. Overall, I think this was a good continuati ...more
Cherie
I am such a sucker for a good story. This one was! A new bad guy, some more gross monsters and two more good guys from history. A neat surprise. Can't wait to hear what happens in the next book!
Negin
دیشب، نصفه شب:|
حتی نتونسم فک کنم. کلم افتاد رو تخت. و دیگر هیچ
4.75 صدم شاید
شاید کمتر ... آره کمتر... 4
جاش ک همچنان ب خر بودن خود ادامه داد:| صوفی هم ب رو اعصاب بودن.
والا. من هر کتابی میخوندم ک شخصیت داشتم ک عشقم بود. تو دو تا مجموعه این شخصیتو گم کردم:| دایورجنت و کیمیاگر. دایروجنت رو ک حرفی ندارم:|
صوفی ک رسما ب عنوان قدیسه ب کارش ادامه میده. چقدر بدم میاد از این آدما
جاش هم که حرفی ندارم. بوووق داستانه
بقیه ی ملت هم ک یا خوب خوبن ک اصن آدم:| یا مثلا دی ـن
البت وایسا فک کنم. شاید شخصیت مورد علاقه
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Anna
Dec 14, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
In ‘The Magician’, Michael Scott upholds the mark he set up in The Alchemyst – moreover, he surpasses it. I could hardly think of any complaints about the book – honestly, the only thing I didn’t like was that (view spoiler) were portrayed as the villains, while in original mythology they were positive or at least neutral characters. However, I totally loved that Nidhogg made an appearance. That’s one of the things I love about this series – there are not only the m ...more
Fredrik
Aah, ini lebih bagus daripada yang pertama!

Aku suka karena lebih emosional, lebih ada drama (yang menarik), dan lebih suka action-nya, khususnya pas bagian Nidhogg muncul. ^^b

Gak perlu kasih sinopsis.
Kalau baca buku pertamanya, buku ini ya kelanjutannya petualangan si Kembar dan pasangan Flamel di Paris, dan masih akan bersambung ke buku berikutnya.

Buruknya, ceritanya tetap dragging. Kenyataan bahwa isi cerita sepanjang 570-an halaman hanyalah kejadian selama 2 hari justru membuktikan kalau buku
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Tangerine
Jan 25, 2015 Tangerine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Sammm
Dec 05, 2015 Sammm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I think this is one of those book that makes what my native language and what language I learned world culture and history an extremely important factor... And unfortunately, my entire education up until college was NOT in English, and when it IS finally in English, well, I'm an art student... it's not like I'll be writing tons and tons of essays.

Okay, back to the topic. I think the first book already showed some signs; when Josh said he looked up all those people and found tons of results
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Michelle  (The Crazy Cat Lady)
Originally read in 2009

Reread June 12, 2013 ~ August 1, 2013

It's really difficult for me to review books I love, books I love so much I want to reread them (and in this case, did reread them). It's not like a negetive review, where I can nitpick over every detail I hated and rant (hate seems to make me want to spout off more than love, oddly enough). There isn't just a handful of things I love; I love it all. So what's to say??? "I love it!" I guess.
Arenui Frapwell
Sep 29, 2014 Arenui Frapwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For my book review I read the book “The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel” , by Michael Scott. The story talks about Sophia Newman and her twin Josh Newman traveling to Paris with immortal Nicholas Flamel. The story is about Dr. John Dee and other monsters attempts to capture the twins and Flamel, and the task to train the twins in all of the elements of magic to defeat the Dark Elders, along with trying to rescue Pernelle Flamel in order to use an eternal life spell to repl ...more
Daisy
For me, this book was a LOT better than the first one. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to carry on with this series but I'm really glad I did because this turned out to be a very enjoyable read. This was probably mostly due to the fact that I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Erik Singer, and I really liked the way he gave the foreign characters cool accents, as well as just bringing every character to life in a way I didn't experience when reading the first book in physical form.

Having read
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Mizuki
It's a quick, enjoyable read with a lot of twists and turn about what we know as history and historical figures, but some of the plots are a bit too predictable and I dislike one of the twin (the boy) a great deal. Plus the twin in question being 'the most powerful super special kids' is quite a turn off. I enjoy the storylines about the immortals a lot better.
Andrea
Aug 26, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
Rating: 4.0/5
So as far as sequels go, this one is pretty good. I really enjoyed it though I was a little frustrated at the end with Sophie and frankly Josh. Ugh, they just refuse to see that Flamel is trying to protect them. Apparently, they don’t remember that in the first book Flamel and Perry gave them the choice to come with them. Also, they can’t blame Flamel when they were the ones who WILLINGLY went with him on this adventure. Obviously, they didn’t know how much it will change their worl
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Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over thirty years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a
variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore.

He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-seven countries, in over twenty languages.

Praised for his “unparalleled contribution
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Other Books in the Series

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (6 books)
  • The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)
  • The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3)
  • The Necromancer  (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #4)
  • The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #5)
  • The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #6)

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