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The Magician by Michael Scott
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Oct 04, 2011

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Read in January, 2009 — I own a copy , read count: 1

The Magician is the second installment of "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" series by author Michael Scott. The series follow the story of Nicholas Flamel, an infamous alchemyst who is also an immortal. He and his wife, Perenelle, possess the Codex, or the Book of Abraham the Mage, which consists of ancient secrets and magic. The Codex gave the Flamels access to the recipe of an immortality potion. Dr. John Dee, also an immortal and the Flamels' long-time nemesis, is after the Codex. If the book falls into the wrong hands of the Dark Elders, then the world as we know it would come to an end. However, Nicholas Flamel had found Josh and Sophie Newman, whom he believed to be the "twins of legend", who can either save the world or destroy it. Flamel is now determined to "wake" the twins' auras and teach them elemental magics, and his tasks are not easy.

The Magician continues the story from the first book, The Alchemyst. In The Magician, Nicholas Flamel travels back to Paris, his hometown, with the warrior Scathach, Josh, and Sophie. There he found his old acquaintance, the Le Comte de Saint-Germain, and his wife, Joan of Arc. There Flamel must once again come face-to-face with Dr. John Dee as the doctor plans to release a horrible and ancient beast into the heart of Paris. Meanwhile, Perenelle Flamel, who is still captured by Dee, finds her way to escape.

I think the second book is a bit weak compared to the first, third, and fourth one. I haven't read the fifth one, which is The Warlock, but for me the second book has the weakest plot. I do love the new characters from the book (I love Saint-Germain and Joan of Arc so much that I googled them right away after they showed up in the book), but overall it doesn't leave me quite satisfied. However, the level of imagination, fantasy, and action are still remarkable in the book. The ending also left me impatient to get my hands on the third book, and I guess that means Michael Scott succeeded in maintaining his readers' attention. Still, I'm a huge fan of Michael Scott. I wouldn't hesitate to continue reading the Nicholas Flamel series. In fact, I am determined to read all six books!

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“If you tell people everything you take away their opportunity to learn.”
Michael Scott, The Magician

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