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The Magician

(The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  87,056 ratings  ·  2,961 reviews
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After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenelle is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art coll
Hardcover, First Edition, 464 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Delacorte Press
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Dec 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
OK, the story is not bad, but that boy is bugging the heck out of me!!! He is annoying and the sister is just a very little tad better... Will give a chance to the next one...
Dec 09, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Magician, (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2), Michael Scott
The Magician is a fantasy novel by Michael Scott. It is the sequel to The Alchemyst, and the second installment in the six part book series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
Sophie and Josh Newman – 15-year-old twins – are in Paris with the alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, and his friend, Scathach. They now face Niccolò Machiavelli and his colleague, but also rival, John Dee, who both work for the Dark Elders. Ma
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
Tamora Pierce
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
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!
Sep 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
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, 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
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Ashley Marie
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
Mimi 'Pans' Herondale
Not as good as the first book, but what I wanted to happen came true, so I'm happy.
Mohammed Arabey
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Adventure continue.. even with the quarantine.

This time in Paris, More Historical characters that turned out to be immortals, still living among us...
the story action packed too , may be a little "too action-ed", over 120 pages in one action scene was a bit too much for me.. yet I appreciate the rest of the plot.. the trilling situations the characters face...
and of course the catacombs of Paris scene.. and the "Sleeping god"

It's really a good series and fantastic imagination , mixing the my
Meera K.
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Saul the Heir of Isauldur
Originally published in Phantases and Other Funny Words

Note: Below, my review is split into two parts. The first gives my general thoughts on the book, and the second details spoilers and major plot points. Be warned.

Part One: Overview

This book is a noticeable improvement over the first one. For starters, there are very few pop-cultural references that date the novel, and the action is a bit more spread out. Whereas the first book was only an action scene followed by another action scene, which
Wendy Laharnar
Jul 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-n-to-z
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
Nov 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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,
This series is awesome. It's fast-paced, funny and intriguing. I love how there's so many different mythologies involved in this book and it's really a joy to listen to. I never want to stop once I start. One of the things I really like is how even though it's seemingly obvious who is good and who is evil, you're never really quite 100 percent sure. I need the next book as soon as possible, because it is totally adictive.
Alyssa Nelson
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Thankfully, this book greatly picks up the action in the series, and I found it much more enjoyable than the first book. Instead of needing to introduce the strange, magical world of Nicholas Flamel, Scott focuses more on ramping up the stakes for his characters. The baddies who want to turn humans back into slaves are congregating to work together to bring down Flamel and the twins, but Flamel has friends of his own, who are able to help in fight back in this one.

This book mostly takes place in
Aug 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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 jealousy over Sophie's "awakening" mixed with his fear of losing her has been beaten to death. Add in
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-reads, 4-stars
The Magician gives us more than better twist than the Alchemyst. It drives us in a new dimension than far better our imagination can travel with. With new characters than gives revelation within the story. New revelation within the lives of the characters.

Re-reading this made me dive again to my thoughts about this book. Quite half of the book was slow paced during Flamel's encounter with Saint Germain and Joan. Nonetheless, this
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Nice one. The only thing I didn't like was: if they are talking in a certain language, why don't you put the sentence directly in that language instead of saying: "they spoke in french". It is quite weird and stupid.
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Vignesh Kumar
5 Magical Stars.....

This book is everything I want from a mythical fantasy genre and I loved it to the core.Every new character from the myths and legends are extraordinary in their own sense and I love all the characters in it. I get to know more about the history of everything in a magical and detailed way. If you haven't started this series, then you have to definitely start this.
Marts  (Thinker)
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Some magical young adult adventure and excitement...
Jay  The Crippled God
Nov 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Michael Scott is extremely talented in using people and places from real life and employing them in his plot. revolving them in an alluring manner.
Here, the Use of Nicola Machaville WAS SIMPLE BRILLIANCE. Especially with his cunning (political) personality.

Furthermore, the Use of France's underground Catacombs (a main attraction) as a place for the final showdown just tells you how you can take something that is out there and spell it in your own fun or intense terms <3.

Michael Scott, in the be
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: magic-fantasy
I think this is the most interesting book series I've read so far. The author has created a whole new universe based on real historical figures, history and ancient lore, in such a way that reading it makes you think it could be actually plausible !
The character development is one of the finest I've seen in books of this genre, the plot is brilliant, almost every chapter ends on a cliffhanger or a very important part of the story and the plot twists as so well made that you almost never guess wh
Matthew Largo
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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!
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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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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (6 books)
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  • The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3)
  • The Necromancer  (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #4)
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