The Necromancer  (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #4)
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The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4)

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Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they t...more
Hardcover, Deckle Edged, 416 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Ithlilian
The novelty of this series wore off very quickly. I praised the first book for it's originality, enjoyed the second book, and struggled through the third book. I barely made it through The Necromancer. The pace isn't quite as break neck as the previous novels, but there is still plenty of chase scenes. I really think the alternate points of view do not help this series. I really don't want to read about the bad guys having mundane conversations and plotting things. Nothing of import is really ha...more
Mark
The storytelling throughout the Secrets of Immortal Nicholas Flamel series can be compared to a waterfall. What started out as a powerful force with a clear heading and characters that were often connected, has now plummeted downward to an end of some sort, but throughout the journey, the flow is fragmented and broken apart, sometimes rejoining, but a lot of it turning to mist, with no hope of congealing again.

It's really a shame that the series had so much potential with the first few books; bl...more
Sarah
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Tv
I finished the arc last night/this morning, staying up till just before dawn to complete it. And yes, it is that good. I will go so far as to say it is the best of the lot.

Up front, let me say that I loved this series right from the beginning though I have also shared some other reviewers frustrations with the year-long delays between books. Book 4 is astonishing. There have been hints throughout the series that Michael Scott was building an entire world and here we begin to see it all come toge...more
Mike
My congratulations go out to Michael Scott for another well written book in the series. I just have one request Mr. Scott. Please please don't go J.K. on us and call a wet fart the ending. Ok. On to this great book. I won't give details because I really want everyone to give this one a read.

The story picked right back up and was action packed from the start. One of the things I liked most was all the background and character developement in this book. We got more info about Scatty and the Witch...more
Anggia Retno
Oke, novel ini sukses membawa saya tidak berhenti membaca hingga menyentuh halaman akhir dan tentu saja sukses membuat histeris dan tidak sabar menunggu buku berikutnya


Necromancer, sesuai judulnya di sini John Dee mendapat giliran untuk tampil dengan porsi terbanyak. Setelah di buku sebelumnya Dee gagal menangkap Flamel dan si Kembar, di sini para pemburu yang sebelumnya berusaha menangkap si kembar di bawah perintah Dee berbalik berusaha menangkapnya. Menjadi buronan para elder tentu tidak muda...more
Caroline
I think it is possible to divide this series between the first three books and this one (and most probably the two others which will follow: The Warlock (2011) and The Enchantress (2012)). This book takes a whole new tone and you get from the beginning that things really are serious and that a war or at the very least a conflict is imminent. The three first books were about Awakening the Twins and teaching them some magic, as well as fleeing from John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli. The Necromancer...more
Rhiannon Ryder
With awesome covers and an intriguing story these books have fascinated me since the day I picked the first one up (with absolutely no idea this was part one of six! ugh). I'd be lying though if I didn't say I've struggled with them, and I just couldn't pin point why. I love the story, it's action packed and full of great reveals and monsters. There's an intriguing cast of characters, many of whom are immortal and have rich histories for Michael Scott to divulge at his leisure. So what is it, ex...more
Brian Regan
The Necromancer is the fourth in a series I've enjoyed a great deal. Like the Percy Jackson books from Rick Riordan, it is filled with characters from myth and history, mixing lots of different worlds with the story of 2 (not-so-)normal American teens, in this case twins Josh and Sophie Newman. In my opinion, it is much better written than the Riordan, and the story is much more complex and satisfying.

This fourth volume is more scattered than previous ones, with multiple story lines diverging fr...more
Peni Astiti
Seharusnya, karena dimasukkan ke rak "un-down-able to put books", baca buku ini nggak butuh waktu berbulan-bulan, dong? Tapi itulah saya. Demi pengen menikmati hari-hari bersama pasangan Nicholas dan Perenelle Flamel, irit sekali jatah baca buku ini per harinya. Padahal, waktu mulai baca buku ini, Warlock sudah di tangan.

Eh, pernyataan di atas itu ngeles :p

Sebenernya sih, alasan saya karena takut. Sadar kalo Nick dan Perenelle nggak punya waktu untuk bikin ramuan keabadian itu, saya takut kalo...more
Aini
My thoughts on the two main pairs of the series:

I'm starting to dislike the Flamels more and more - their personalities keep changing. Sometimes they would seem gentle and wise, other times snappish and impatient. It's really annoying, because the inconsistencies in the characters make it really hard to figure out what they're really like. At times, John Dee and Nicholas Flamel seem like the same person with different names.

Sophie and Josh are the same as ever: boring. Plus I still can't sympat...more
Caren
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J. Else
Michael Scott is an excellent storyteller. This series of books has lots of different characters, yet it never gets confusing. In fact, it keeps up the excitement! Scott masterfully cliffhangs the reader at the end of one chapter with one group of characters, and then starts the next chapter with another group of characters, and repeats. The story lines and the character's journeys are woven together brilliantly! It makes his books pageturners, and this book even more so! This book is much more...more
★ Jess
No. Mr Scott, you did *not* just do that.
Please tell me I dreamt that ending.
That is not how a book is allowed to end.
Alas, it did.
There I was absorbed in the story, flipped the page expecting more....THE END.
I screamed.
Well, it was more like a yell. I yelled at the book. No joke. Ask my brother. He heard.
He thinks im a weirdo for yelling at this book, but it deserved my shouts. And it deserves the crease on its front cover from where i threw it at the wall.
So read this book. You will ag...more
Erica
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Sulis Peri Hutan
Kurang seru

Entah ya, buku keempat ini serasa biasa aja, efek kejutnya sedikit sekali, alurnya masih cepet, setting waktunya pun juga sama hanya berselang dua hari, Selasa 5 Juni dan Rabu 6 Juni. Sama seperti sebelumnya juga, jika ada musuh yang baru maka akan ada peran protagonis yang baru. Hanya saja menurut saya perpindahan tokoh ditiap bab jaraknya kadang terlalu lama sehingga "rasa" kejutannya mulai hilang. Adegan pertempurannya pun juga tidak terlalu seru. Saya akan menulisnya kejadian yang...more
Fredrik
Hei! Ternyata buku ini gak seburuk dugaanku... :D
Setelah sepertinya ada kesepakatan massal yang menyatakan kalau The Necromancer ini adalah buku terjelek dari keseluruhan serial ini, aku udah kebayang kalau buku ini bakalan jadi favoritku (Lho?! xP).

Ternyata aku bisa memahami kalau protes-protes yang muncul sepertinya berlandaskan karena buku ini "lain" daripada tiga buku sebelumnya. Dan itu sebenarnya poin yang bagus. :)

Setelah melalui fase berpola yang monoton dari buku ke-1 sampai buku ke-3,...more
Lindsay Chung
May 20, 2010 Lindsay Chung rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Young Adults, Adults
Recommended to Lindsay by: Publisher
Shelves: favorites
I’ll be honest; I have not read the first three books of this series. I’ll be honest again; I loved this book. I plan on getting the first three as soon as possible so that I can read up on how the story got to where it is (although Michael Scott does an awesome job of setting things up so you can pretty much figure out where everyone stands and how they got there). Easily comparable to the Harry Potter books (you may remember Nicholas Flamel as the original owner of the Sorcerer’s Stone in the...more
Sandie
Standing in the check out my son was paging through this book and we were both delighted that there will be a 5th book! I am excited that the story isn't over yet and look forward to reading the next book in the series before I even start this one!

My biggest complaint, the only complaint that I have had is that I dislike having to wait a year to read each installment in this series. But that aside, the books themselves continue to be more amazing with each one.

This book was very good and since...more
Amanda
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Hpboy13
A definite step up from the previous entry in this series. The Necromancer introduces some really exciting twists to the story, and the climax is filled with suspense. Moreover, the new characters introduced in this book are some of the best, like Virginia Dare and Aife. And John Dee gets far more interesting when he's desperate.

However, this series fell prey to every fantasy cliche that drives me nuts, starting with the "learning to master the elements" cliche where we spend pages reading image...more
Tiffany
I loved the the first three books in this series. I thought they were amazing, but things kinda started going downhill with The Necromancer I was a sucker for Josh because he hadn't gotten all the cool powers his sister had, but when he decides to ally with Dee it made me like the book less and less. I like the lines between good and evil clearly drawn in a book, and they were kinda blurry in this one. I still like Josh and I hope he will come to his senses, but he better do it in the next book....more
Aaron
In the forth novel of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, twins Sophie and Josh Newman find that their adventures with the alchemyst Nicholas Flamel and his sorceress wife Perennelle. Less than a week has gone by since the twins first met the immortal couple, yet they have found themselves transported from San Francisco to Paris to London and back. In the process Sophie and Josh have learned they may be the powerful twins fated to save the world. Their powers are clearly awesome,...more
Tyler
Josh and Sophie go to Aunt Agnes' house, but Sophie is kidnapped by Aoife. Josh finds Nicholas and Perenelle. Dr. Dee is in trouble for his failures, and is now being hunted. A mysterious man seeks out Scathach, Joan of Arc, William Shakespeare, Palamedes and Saint Germain and takes them to Danu Talis. Josh is taught fire magic by Prometheus; and is later kidnapped by Dee. Josh is tricked into summoning Coatlicue. Their plans are thwarted and they are forced to escape.

Josh does not feel that he...more
Bob Redmond
Book #4 in the "Nicholas Flamel" series is another breezy Young Adult read through a land of historically-inflected sorcery. The non-stop action reads like a latter-season episode of "24" -- enjoyable but also a little fatiguing. One _feels_ like the now-aging Flamel, whose Immortality is fading since the Codex has been stolen by the evil Dr. Dee.

Author Michael Scott (and how can you not imagine, incongruously, hilariously, the central characater of "The Office" behind this whole series?) has lo...more
Q. Baihaqi
Ini adalah novel terjemahanku yang ketiga :)

Masih melanjutkan cerita dari buku sebelumnya. Dee kini berbalik menjadi buronan para Tetua untuk dihukum karena telah sekian kali gagal melaksanakan tugas menangkap Flamel dan si Kembar. Dee tidak lagi membutuhkan lembaran Codex yang ada di tangan Josh, dia membangun rencananya sendiri. Untuk melaksanakan rencana itu dia memerlukan kekuatan si Kembar. Sehingga dia masih terus mengejar-ngejar si Kembar. Sedangkan pasangan Flamel kini memusatkan perhati...more
e.c.h.a
Tidak seseru buku sebelumnya...karena sudah mengetahui pola penulisan dari Michael Scott plus makna dari setiap simbol di covernya gue jadi bisa meraba akan seperti apa kisah ini berlangsung.

Sepertinya cerita di buku ini ada yang kurang, penulisnya mulai kelihatan memperpanjang cerita well walau mungkin dia sudah punya kerangka saat membuat seri ini tapi terbaca di buku ke-4 ini berasa nanggung. Nggak ada efek kejutan, nggak ada yang bikin dag dig dug dan gampang ditebak. Walau gue tetap mengacu...more
Kevin
I had this one shipped to my Kindle as soon as it was released and read it shortly thereafter. I really enjoyed it - as I had all the others in the series.

As time seems to be running short on the Flamels the pace seemed to slow down and the mythological background comes more into focus. There is a major plot twist/revelation that I assume holds a clue to the ultimate resolution. Hard to believe there are two more books before the end.

The tension between Josh and the Flamels - and his sister - is...more
Lightning
This whole entire book was just literally a mind fuck.
And I loved it!
While the chapters were short, they did the job of telling readers's of what was going on while still having a whole bunch of stuff going on at once. We jumped from one plot to the next with little to no breaks in between and it was a thrilling ride the entire way. From the twin's meeting Prometheus (who apparently created the first humani, how cool!) To Machiavelli and Billy the Kid, to Dee and Virginia Dare (who, by the way,...more
Mitchel Broussard
I can already tell that this will be seen, in retrospect with the entire series, the middle chapter. One: because it literally is. And two: because it is all exposition with little action. New characters, enhanced backgrounds, fun twists abound. But the lack of the series's usual whip-cracking pace and crazy super-human battles definitely ensures a "runt of the litter" vibe here. But, in the book's favor, it is still mesmerizingly well written with some of the strongest and, well, meatiest mytho...more
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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...more
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“Niten's eyes didn't move, but a trace of a smile curled his lips. "I do not need my eyes to tell me where I'm going."
"I have no idea what that means," Josh said. "Is it like some sort of ninja trick?"
Niten shot Josh a warning look. "Whatever you do, don't mention-"
It was too late. In the backseat Aoife stirred. "Ninjas," she spat. "Why is everyone so obsessed with ninjas? They were never that good. And they were cowards, sneaking around in their black pajamas, stabbing their victims with poisoned darts. I hate ninjas-they have no honor.”
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