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BOOK ONE IN THE BESTSELLING SERIES THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has e
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Paperback, First Trade Paperback Edition, 369 pages
Published June 24th 2008 by Ember (first published May 22nd 2007)
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Matt Yes and no. To start with, you have to know that Nicholas Flamel was a real person. Flamel was a book seller in 15th century France and it is legend…moreYes and no. To start with, you have to know that Nicholas Flamel was a real person. Flamel was a book seller in 15th century France and it is legend that he actually discovered the codex, a legendary book that contained the most coveted secrets of alchemy, one of them being how to create the philosephers stone, which is sometimes called the sorcerers stone and does NOT produce the elixir of life: it actually turns any object it touches into gold. the recipe to the elixir of life was also rumored to be in the codex. I should also mention Perenelle was actually Flamels wife in real life too. But I digress. The Flamels in both the Immortal Secrets of Nicholas Flamel series and Harry Potter and the sorcerers stone (originally the philosopher's stone) are not the same person, which would connect the series. However, both Flamels are based off the same person who actually existed. FUN FACT: Michael Scott, author of the book of which we speak, actually wrote a book analyzing the sorcerers stone. He then expanded on the concept of Nicholas Flamel actually living forever and wrote his own series.(less)
Rbooks Well i might be late lmao. idk why many people didn't like it , i really liked the book , characters and plot. I'm going to be honest tho everything…moreWell i might be late lmao. idk why many people didn't like it , i really liked the book , characters and plot. I'm going to be honest tho everything was moving slow anyways I liked it and the plot twist at the end ahhh. i think u should give it a go, if u didn't like it stop.
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Stephen
2.0 stars. I did NOT like this book. The plot was derivative, the writing was passable AT BEST and the two teenage main characters annoyed me to the point of causing actual hair loss.
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However, the book avoided the 1 star noose based solely on some crafty ideas and oh so unused potential that I will explore once I briefly explain the plot...which should not take long as we have all seen this tired old movie before.

BRIEF TIRED OLD PLOT SUMMARY:

Sophia and Josh (two VERYannoying kids)
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dyanne
Dear Josh,
let me start out with you. You could've been a really great kid but apparently, the author just couldn't make up his mind about you. One minute you're an ordinary kid who likes superheroes and doesn't do well in school and then you become this person who has a super computer and uber-nerdtastic knowledge? Whoa, big difference. I feel sorry for you. I really do. I get jealousy. I get envy. What I don't get is how you and Sophie never fight. Is it just that in those two days that I was e
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Bonnie
Okay. I liked this book a lot more than most people who have written reviews. I feel that it's because I didn't go into it with many preconceived notions. I had hoped it would be related to Harry Potter, but when I realized it wasn't I moved on. I also didn't read the book because I was a huge fan of the real Flamel. If you read it for either of those reasons, you will most likely be disapointed.

15 year-old twins Sophie and Josh have gotten summer jobs in San Franciso. Josh works at a bookstore,
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Tea Jovanović
YA naslov(iliti Young Adult, kako takve knjige u svetu izdavaštva zovemo)... Kupio me je još u rukopisu... Alhemičara je objavio Evro Giunti... Pošto ništa nisu uradili s tim naslovom (uprkos sjajnom prevodu vrsnog prevodioca), odustali su od autora... drugi naslov uradila je Mladinska knjiga s istim prevodiocem... Ali ni oni se, nažalost, nisu previše potrudili... I treći naslov nije objavljen u Srbiji... Dok ga u Hrvatskoj (na moj nagovor) lepo gura Algoritam... Čitaoci moraju da razumeju da s ...more
Kris
Jun 07, 2007 Kris rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: 2007
This book was awful. So awful, it warrants me actually putting in a review.

First of all, there isn't enough Nicholas Flamel. There is far too much of the twins that kind of become Nic's apprentices, and attatches way too much teenage exposition to them. And we don't need the two of them mentioning that their parents are archaeologists every other page. We got it the first time. Move on. And even if their parents are archaeologists, they're not necessarily going to know as much about it as they s
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Mike (the Paladin)
I'll try to be fair here, this is a "YA" book and it comes in telling us it's going to "play" with historical and mythological figures....and play it does. I found the book annoying and wonder at the damage we're doing to our "youths" and their knowledge of mythology, what we can learn from mythology, from the archetypal characters, thoughts, and ideas they contain.

Okay, part of rant over. There are different types of YA books. Some are more yA while others are more Ya. This is in style and exe
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Cait • A Page with a View
If you're a fan of Percy Jackson or maybe even The Raven Cycle (because of the ley lines & leygates), then definitely check this out!

This book manages to cram so many different world myths and legends into a modern fantasy story... and at times it almost felt too ambitious. But the story found its footing by the end and I think this series is going to be really fun! It's a bit on the younger side of YA and felt more like middle grade at times. Kind of in the same group with Artemis Fowl and
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Luann
I enjoyed The Alchemyst more than I thought I would. It didn't sweep me away with the "must finish this book now" feeling, but I also was never bored. Fans of Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, and even The Da Vinci Code will find interesting connections and similarities here. And yet Scott manages to bring something just a bit new to the table as well. I was interested to learn that many of the main characters (Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, and Dr. John Dee) were ...more
Kimberly
Dec 29, 2011 Kimberly rated it really liked it
REMEMBER: This is Fantasy. Welcome.

I experienced a world that was filled with ancient characters (both good and evil), strange creatures, and wonderfully described scenes with TONS of detail.

I met twins, a boy and girl, with pure auras who possess magical powers that once awakened will change the world. A six-hundred-year-old alchemyst who performs magic and the air around smelled like mint. His wife (possibly the same age) who is magical in different ways and befriends ghosts. A two-thousand-an
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Micheline
I had high hopes when I picked up this book. At the time, I was fresh off the Harry Potter series and had a bad case of 'Post-Potter Depression'. The idea of learning more about the intriguing and mythical 'Nicolas Flamel' (which I had heard of before HP) instantly captivated me, and the book blurb only added fuel to the fire. Sadly, about halfway through I had to shelf this one (DNF). I found the protagonists Sophie and Josh very flat and one-dimensional. They spent most of the time confused or ...more
Grace
Feb 11, 2009 Grace rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
To be honest I would never have read this book had I not been given it for my birthday. It was obviously one of those books that was cranked out immediately after the Harry Potter phenomenon and was unabashedly aimed toward that audience. Now don't get me wrong, I adore Harry Potter and that's probably why this sort of book irritates me. I've picked it up in the bookstore before, interested by the title and catchy cover, but after flipping through it I always put it back.
It is very similar to R
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Franco  Santos
En cierto modo todos somos prisioneros... prisioneros de las circunstancias y de los acontecimientos.
Buen libro. Aceptable inicio de saga. Me gustó mucho que el autor haya incluido tanta magia, mitología e Historia. Los personajes no me despertaron ninguna simpatía, pero espero sentir algo por ellos a medida que vaya avanzando en la serie.

Como aspectos negativos tengo que decir que no me convenció cómo está escrito. No me gusta la manera de narrar de Michael Scott. Es demasiado repetitiva y a
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Stacey
Jul 17, 2011 Stacey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm getting better at my new "don't read bad books" plan. Not that this one is "bad," exactly, so much as it is a little bit irritating. The two kids in the story are just too much. They know everything, can do everything, they're just too perfect.

And really Mr. Scott, did you have to attempt to borrow a story from every fantasy written in the last 2000 years and cram it into this one? I mean, really.

But what clinched it for me was a main character named "Scatty." Every time I read that name,
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Karli
Sep 15, 2013 Karli rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful.

I appreciate Goodreads because I can read through other negative reviews and feel justified in my hatred of a book.

There is not much I can say that hasn't already been said.

The book is about Nicholas Flamel the Alchemyst (spelled with a "y" because his author/father wanted him to be yoo-nique!) and a bunch of whiny and conveniently-forever-questioning teenage twins who are on the run from the evil Dr. John Dee (called Dee, which makes him sound like a very silly villain . . . his taglin
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Sophia
Jun 05, 2016 Sophia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic!

For a while now I've been reading books that haven't got a rating over 3, but this deserves a 5 through and through.

What made this book awesome:

The plot.
A lot of books with magic nowadays seem to focus on a special little girl with rare powers. But not this one. True, Sophie was the only one with her (view spoiler) but the story also focused on Josh. Those of you who have lived in the shadow of an older sibling will definitely connect with him.
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Daniel
Oct 28, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Svidjaju mi se ideje, likovi su interesantni a prica je fina i ipak na karju knjiga me nije odusevila. Nekako mi fali ono nesto, momenat koji bi me vezao za sve sto se desava. Ovako na zalost bilo je zabavno za citanje ali nisam bio posebno zainteresovan dal ce nasi heroji da se izvuku ili ne.

Plus samog Flamela ima previse malo u knjizi.

Ali ima potencijal tako da ce mo nastaviti sa sledecom knjigom.
Katie
Jul 06, 2008 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was first interested in this book for the same reason I'm sure it made the New York Times bestseller list...because it is about Nicholas Flamel, who is mentioned in the Harry Potter books, specifically in the first book about the Sorceror's Stone, as being a friend of Professor Dumbledore. Flamel was a real historical figure though who lived in the 1300's, was a scientist who practiced alchemy, and supposedly discovered the secret to eternal life (related to the sorceror's stone) as well as tu ...more
Y. C.
Jul 11, 2014 Y. C. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of people haven't heard of this series, and I don't know why, because these books are AWESOME!



We have adventure, we have wit, we have sass, and my absolute favourite... myths and legends coming to life. Topped off with the wonderful absence of teenage drama makes this a delightful read.

If you liked the excitement of Harry Potter, the modern mythological adaptations of Percy Jackson and a new take on some of the world's most mysterious legends then this is the book for you.
Simcsa
3.5 stars

The main problems of the series: (I read the first four books)

1. The story takes place in a few days (the first book - 2 days, the second one - 3 days...). If it continues like this, the world will be saved in what? Two weeks? The war lasts milleniums, there are centuries old people and even older creatures, yet two children (ehm.. teenagers) are going to end it in a matter of weeks?

2. As I said, characters here are usually living on the earth for some time, some of them are even ten th
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George Jankovic
Nov 27, 2016 George Jankovic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Alchemyst is a teen/tween book that manages to combine various world mythologies into one. At the center of it is a mysterious Book of Abraham the Mage which has given immortal life to Nicholas Flamel and his wife. But the book can also be used to bring about the return of the Dark Elves and the enslavement of the human kind.

Fifteen year old twins, Sophie and Josh, are the only ones who can save or completely destroy the world as has been foretold.

I like the story of this book and, especiall
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Franzis Bücherseelen
3.5 Sterne von mir :)
Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 24, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kids who like mythology
Shelves: fantasy, youngadult
This is a serviceable fantasy that I plodded through. I liked the settings and descriptions - Scathach's dojo, Hekate's tree, the mix of characters from mythology, all very cool. But the story never grabbed me, I never had trouble putting the book down.
I think it suffers from a lack of focus - since we don't follow just one character, we don't get much character development, and so we don't care very much about what happens to them. And I was disappointed that we didn't get to a natural break in
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mary
Mar 22, 2012 mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-rereads
Αυτή είναι η δεύτερη φορά που διαβάζω τον Αλχημιστή, καθώς αποφάσισα να συνεχισω με τη σειρά και χρειαζόμουν μα επανάληψη, αλλά δυστυχώς ούτε αυτή τη φορά κατάφερε να με εντυπωσιάσει όπως και την πρώτη.
Η Σόφι και ο Τζος Νιούμαν, δύο δίδυμα αδέρφια, αναγκάζονται να περάσουν τις καλοκαιρινές τους διακοπές τους στο Σαν Φρανσίσκο μαζί με τη θεία τους, καθώς οι αρχαιολόγοι γονείς τους ταξιδεύουν σε όλο το κόσμο.Μέσα σε μια μέρα τα πάντα θα έρθουν πάνω κάτω στη ζώη τους, όταν στο βιβλιοπωλείο που δουλ
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Kat  Hooper
Aug 12, 2011 Kat Hooper rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

The 14th century alchemyst Nicholas Flamel has the secret codex containing the recipe for the elixir of life hanging around his neck. For centuries, Dr. John Dee has been hunting for him because he wants that book. Dee has finally traced Flamel to his bookstore in 21st century California. He busts in, gets all but the last two pages of the book, and kidnaps Flamel’s wife. Now the world is in danger because Dee plans to bring the dark Elder gods to power an
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PurplyCookie
Scott uses a gigantic canvas for this riveting fantasy. The well-worn theme of saving the world from the forces of evil gets a fresh look here as he incorporates ancient myth and legend and sets it firmly, pitch-perfect, in present-day California.

At the emotional center of the tale are contemporary 15-year-old twins, Josh and Sophie, who, it turns out, are potentially powerful magicians. They are spoken of in a prophecy appearing in the ancient Book of Abraham the Mage, all but two pages of whi
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Mike Meier
Oct 25, 2007 Mike Meier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: "Kool Katz"
Shelves: done
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Somewhere in the 3-3.5 range

If you're a fan of Percy Jackson, you'll probably enjoy this. If you're on the younger end of the teenage spectrum, you'll probably enjoy this more than I did. Mythology and world history combine with some great action sequences in this book, and it's a fun ride. The twins reminded me a bit of Carter and Sadie from Rick Riordan's Kane Chronicles -- Josh and Sophie, similarly, have their own individual parts to play in the grand scheme of saving the world, and Michael
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Kaethe
Oct 12, 2009 Kaethe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
The author kept referring to the weather in San Francisco as hot and dry, which, sure, it can be, but mostly isn't.

That was strike one.

Strike two was the idea that if A is true then everything ever must also be true. Again, it could be, but it doesn't have to be.

Strike three was putting the teens into Yggdrasil and having them be shocked, SHOCKED I say, that they can't get cell phone or internet service.

Also, there's way too much about auras. I hate auras.
Hadessephy
I have to admit, I was one of those people who saw this book and said "Omg a Harry Potter spin off!". After discovering it was not I put off reading the series. I recently watched the movie "As above, so below" which features Nicholas Flamel and I remembered this series. A typical YA series, not to much new but I still enjoyed it and really liked the corporation of mythology into the world the author created. I enjoyed the settings (it got an extra star for Notre Dame :) ) and I am looking forwa ...more
Sarah
Mar 24, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked from the very beginning. The storytelling is so captivating and the descriptions put me right into the story. I loved the magical aspects to this book. The basic premise is that the Famels have been using the Book of the Codex to brew an immortality potion for centuries. They are the protectors of this ancient and powerful book, but now it's been stole. A pair of twins gets swept away in the chaos and later realize they are more involved than they could have imagined. This is a fun, ...more
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“OK," Josh said evenly, "I've seen men made of mud, I guess I can accept spying rats. Do they talk?" he wondered aloud.
Don't be ridiculous," Flamel snapped, "They're rats."
Josh really didn't think it was a ridiculous suggestion.”
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“You must learn to heed your senses. Humans use but a tiny percentage of theirs. They barely look, they rarely listen, they never smell, and they think that they can only experience feelings through their skin. But they talk, oh, do they talk.” 107 likes
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