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The Necromancer

(The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  60,733 ratings  ·  1,954 reviews
San Francisco:
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
Hardcover, Deckle Edged, 416 pages
Published May 25th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4), Michael Scott

The Necromancer is the fourth book of the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, written by Irish author Michael Scott. It was published on 25 May 2010.

Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, Sophie, and Josh return to San Francisco. The Flamels go to their book store while Josh and Sophie head for their Aunt Agnes' house.

When they approach they see a limousine waiting outside and a stranger talking to thei
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
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
Jun 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know what's wrong with the rest of the people, but I think this series is great!!! I thought the last book was my favorite when I finished it, but can I dare say that this one was better? I don't know what is going to happen next but I' m not waiting to see either. Book #5 is downloading as I write this. ...more
Mohammed Arabey
Jul 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Almost thought this one will make me delay reading the upcoming books....but by the last 25% of the book everything changed to the best, and it's back on the trilling track like it was in the first 3 books.

still got to admit that the first half (or 70%) of the book was slower than before...yet reading the Sneak peek for the upcoming book was a big plus, it just stated with a twist!
Jun 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: series, english
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Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, audiobook
*Huff* I really wish that I could have enjoyed this series the whole way through.

I read this as an audiobook and as always Paul Boehmer did an excellent job. If you ever want to feel terribly under-accomplished look at how many books this man has narrated.

This is another series that I started reading long before I started the blog. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the others but didn’t consider them high-brow reading or even high-brow escapism. These books are ridiculous and over the top and if you c
Nov 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-read
I literally love everything about this series except for Josh. He is ruining it for me, I have never wanted to smack some sense into a character more than him. He could do with some sense because then maybe he would see who is actually using him instead of assuming things. Cause he's just become an ass and he will not be redeemed for me ever. ...more
Felicia [Felicia's Ink(t)]
“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 poison
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
OK... this series doesn't seem to be going anywhere. I thought by book 4 maybe we would have made some progress but we still seem to be following the formula of fight monsters and flee. Whine some more, then fight monsters and flee again. Bad guys lie, gullible boy believes them, causes more damage so that everyone can once again fight monsters and flee. Oh, and everyones aura is always exhausted, and yet somehow they still manage to fight monsters before they flee again. I don't know if I am go ...more
kartik narayanan
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
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'The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel' ranks among the most innovative and atypical Young Adult series I have read.

While the series is named after the character Nicholas Flamel, the main characters are actually a set of twins - Sophie and Josh Newman. The books - set of 6 with an additional two novellas (last I checked) - chart the life and events of these twins over a period of a month after they discover that magic is real. While this type of
Jul 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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May 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Saul the Heir of Isauldur
Note: Short review. Contains Spoilers. Be Warned.

Overall, marginally better than the last 3 books. However, the novel still has no direction, and it's very clearly a Middle Book, only bridging the gap between the previous volume and the next. It's a sequence of things happening, with descriptions from too many characters and too many points of view that add nothing and simply slow the book down. But maybe the author just wanted to add padding. As it is, The Necromancer is already shorter than ev
Alyssa Nelson
And yet again, I have to reiterate just how much this series ramps up with each subsequent novel. The first one was just okay, and now, we’re onto solid ground with a seriously just good, enjoyable book.

Things come to a head in this book and the twins each have to make their choices about where they stand and what to do next. I love how we’re getting more history about the Elders; I especially liked seeing some old memories of Prometheus and Zephaniah, the Witch of Endor. And we’re starting to s
Dalziel Mapp
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Urghhhhh! I love this series so much! Why did I wait so long to read this one. I've missed scatty, the twins and the villains soooo much. This series is one of those that feels like home each time you pick it up.

In terms of plot it wasn't as fast paced as the previous three but I think it was definitely necessary to build up the bigger picture. the next one feels like its gonna be very fast placed and full of action. I won't be leaving such a long space of time between this book and the next one
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a good book,I couldn't put it down.In this book,the unthinkable happened. ...more
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: prh, tbr-that-i-own
WOW this book. Just ended with a character being unbelievably stupid, but it works for the story. (view spoiler) i can't wait to read the next one. ...more
Considering I was not too sold on the first few books I actually really enjoyed this lmao
I feel like Scott could have cut the six book series down to like four and taken out half of the boring stuff in books one and two but again the supporting characters really had it for me in this book; Billy the Kid and Joan of Arc are 👌🏽
Oct 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Necromancer, by Michael Scott, is the next book in the series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, after The Sorceress. The twins make their way home to their Aunt. But shortly Sophie is Taken, and Josh with, Flannel, and his wife, race after her. Dee becomes all creatures target after failing his task. Now all humans must fend for themselves as Josh continues to drift into the dark side.I recommend this to fantasy lovers.
Joselyn  Moreno Burke
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great following to the series, the plot thickens with each new installment.

It was so interesting to discover more immortals and the location of Joan and Scatach, Morethyu was an interesting addition to the flock of characters.

I can only say that with each step the twins take everything in the story seems to gain in depth and curiosity. An amazing 4 book.
Brian Regan
May 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
OMY! This is disturbingly fascinating! Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter Series! OMY Nicholas Flamel Series! Two-Thumbs up! Wew. I've waitedd for so long to read this book and yay! It's totally amazing and outrageous! Everytime I read this series, I can't stop to turn it's pages and eager to finished till it's smooth pages. It's amazing to realize and sad that it's end is coming but it is really a good series to read for.

Sophie, learning the 3 magic, She is eager to practice her magic to it's f
Jan 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have completely enjoyed this whole series so far. I have especially enjoyed the characters as they travel through their world, trying to figure it out. I like how with each new book in the series, they are constantly growing and trying to navigate through what is thrown at them. And as always, I can't wait to read the next one by how the author ended it. There is always a hook. I wish my boys were still little because they would have enjoyed this one. ...more
Abiel Soares
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
The beginning of the book is very slow paced and quite boring but as you get to the end the book becomes more interesting and fast paced also toward the end of the book many problems develop and leave you hanging on whether they get solved or not because the book ends right when a huge problem starts-josh joins the dark elders.
Houston García
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Anna Sofrona
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was amazing! I really enjoyed especially the last 8 chapters!
Brooke Wayne
Apr 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Lots of fluff. It was okay though.
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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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