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The Warlock

(The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5)

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The twins of prophecy have been divided—the end has begun.

Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the human race.

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The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan
Hardcover, First Edition, 400 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Delacorte Press
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★ Jess
Jan 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
*I did not finish this. I stopped with 120 pages left, then skimmed the last chapter*

A whole bunch of flat, lifeless characters sitting around, doing shit-all and bidding their time until the final book.
This was absolute, utter crap. This time last year I was about to start reading 'The Necromancer', and I was excited. Why? Because until then I had given the series 14 out of a possible 15 stars:
The Alchemyst ★★★★
The Magician ★★★★★
The Sorceress★★★★★
'The Necromancer' ended up on a solid 3 sta
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #5), Michael Scott
The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, is the fifth book of the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, written by Irish author Michael Scott. The novel was released in the USA on May 24, 2011. At the end of The Necromancer, twins Sophie and Josh Newman were separated. Sophie was left with the now very weak protagonist Nicholas Flamel, his wife Perenelle Flamel and immortal Japanese swordsma
Dec 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
So, I've started to pick apart the series. This is going to be a bit of a rant of all the problems I found with this book, which can be found kind of consistently throughout the series. If you're a big fan of this series and can't bear any criticism, you might want to walk on by.

The first complaint is a rehash, but it's such a big one I feel the need to mention it once again. The first rule any decent writer learns is the power of show, not tell, and this seems to be a rule that Scott has haphaz
Sheila Beaumont
Excellent reading of the fifth installment of "The Secrets of Nicholas Flamel." I read the print edition of this series almost ten years ago, and I'm thoroughly enjoying the audiobooks. Now I'm ready to go on to the final book of the series, The Enchantress. ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not great. I didn't give it a one star solely because the premise of the series is very good and had a lot of potential, and because Scott does have a good grip of language and paints a good picture, but this series has become more and more poorly plotted out. There are a bunch of plotholes in the series now, and it seems that more and more often, characters are doing something significant to advance the plot based on a "vague feeling", "an instinct", or "for a reason _(insert character's name)_ ...more
As the rest of the books in the series, this one was just OK, as well. Before I begin, I want to say that if I read the line "Nicholas Flamel is dying" one more time, I won't be responsible for my actions.

Now, the problem with the book, and indeed the rest of the series, is that there are just too many characters being introduced every so often. And somehow ALL of them are related to each other. keeping track of all these relations becomes tedious. Also, every single charcter ever introduced in
Jan 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys magic and mythology as it is a perfect pairing of both.
Loved the book. The small chapters and the movement from one group of characters to the next keep the story moving at a nice pace. I enjoyed all the revealed "info" - and several of them were quite surprising. Am anxiously awaiting the final book - to find out how everything ties together. Another great book that I enjoyed reading. I still could use a reference book as a companion to the series so that I could keep better track of all the characters, places, and monsters.

Finished Reading:

1st Tim
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2017-read
I literally still hate Josh, but I love this story. This story is just so damn cool. All the myths that interweave and the characters are such a wide range of personalities. I have no idea how this will end, already my head is spinning from the different twists and turns of the plot.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, magic
I bought The Warlock on my Kindle the day it came out and had finnished it by the next day. I can't wait for the next installment... ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
Okay, this is not going to be a pretty review, so I'll try to keep it short.

The Alchemyst was great. The second book was good, just shy of being great. The third book I struggled a bit. The fourth book took me days to read, and even then I stretched it over the course of a couple of weeks. I finally just sat down and got through it. I feel bad for saying this, but book four had me constantly checking how many pages I had left.

Now the fifth book...ah, this one was just...not good. How else can I
Jun 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone and Anyone
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I think I am falling out of love with this series, but I will say that the hook at the end of this one was great.
It seems as though these books are spending more time talking about things than actually getting things done. That is irksome. Also, the author has now brought in so many different characters and put them together in groups, and some are back from the dead and in their own is too much. All the different groups are working on their own thing and then another group shows up
Dylan Staats
Karen Keyte
Jun 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing

“Follow your hearts. Protect one another, trust one another, because, at the end of the day, all of these people want something from you, or want you to do something for them, or be something that you are not. Your only responsibility is to one another.” - Niten the Swordsman, also known as Miyamoto Musashi, to Josh and Sophie Newman in The Necromancer

When Niten spoke to words to Josh and Sophie, the both agreed with him. For Josh, Niten’s words echoed almost exactly what he had been thinking p
Saul the Heir of Isauldur
Originally published in Phantases and Other Funny Words

Note: Below my review is split into two parts. The first part gives my overall opinion of the book. The second will give spoilers and provide in-depth discussion. Be warned.

Part One: Overview
This, I believe, is the worst book in the series thus far. I have yet to read the final volume, but quite frankly, the series can only go up from here. Every single major problem I had with the series is present in this novel, and it was almost as if the
May 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
New law: "Books can not end in a dead-end cliff hanger, with an ending that completly shocks you and makes you want to throw the book on the ground, and then the next book comes out in a year." I know a bunch of people who would second it. And obviously, that's how this book ends!

The one bad thing about this book is that all the POV's are kinda hard to follow with. Plus, when you're reading about Sophie, and you just want to continue reading about her, it switches to Dr. Dee or something, making
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

A bit repetitive. I mean, yes, I get it! You don't have to say it over and over and over again. I can retain information okay. I'm still enjoying the mythology aspect of this series tho, so 3.5 stars it is. One more book to go.
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
Jamie Krakover
Aug 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The Warlock, the 5th installment of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is the best one yet! Michael Scott has certainly outdone himself on this one! This book is full of action and surprises at every twist and turn of the story, and you will find yourself zooming through its pages to find out what happens next. All the old favorites have returned to the adventure as well as some new and interesting additions.

The start of the book picks up right where The Necromancer left off. The
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 52-in-2011
The Warlock by Michael Scott (pp. 389)

Michael Scott continues to deliver. The 5th book in ‘The Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel’ series is a study of themes surrounding the definition of friend, enemy, and traitor as the main and secondary characters gather for battle that will determine the fate of the Earth and Danu Tails shadowrealms.

Scott doesn’t introduce too many new faces, but instead brings them closer together and tells many of the backstories on their relationships over the ages. The wo
Sep 26, 2012 rated it did not like it
this entire book was LITERALLY nothing but a setup for the big finale in the next, last book! 400 pages of set up!! literally nothing happened (and if it did, it was underwhelming and undone in 50 pages or less). this series was built on so much mystery and intrugue and now that there's finally some big reveals im almost wishing they hadnt. ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prh
9/12/17 So, another one of my predictions came through in one of the series' big reveals/twists! #3. It makes sense to me, as little things gave it away as I was reading.

Still enjoying the plot, and really enjoying all the different things they can do with magic. I like all the elders in the book, and am looking forward to reading the conclusion. A solid 4 on this one, since it was mostly filler.

9/11/17: Here are my predictions before I finish this book: (view spoiler)
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is one strangely formatted book. Plot-wise, it's very complicated. And, continuing the trend that the author started in Book 4, there are more separate story lines in The Warlock, which makes reading it require more concentration than usual. And not just separate story lines, there are two separate timelines as well.

At first glance, the book seems simply overpopulated. New characters keeps cropping up left and right and I had trouble keeping track of who is who. I know my myths quite well,
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Super great book,I'm so sad the series is wrapping up. I am learning new information on every page. ...more
Jun 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: hexalogy
The Warlock is definitely the low point of the "Secrets of the Immortal Series." I don't know why on earth Michael Scott deigned this with its own book, instead of consolidating it with The Enchantress and cutting out half the filler that's in both books. Both books take place over the course of one day, and this day at least is rather dull to read about. The climax of the book involves all the characters getting together for a BarBQ to read prophetic tablets about the upcoming finale. Yawn.

May 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read the 4 titles in the 'Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel' series that come prior to The Warlock, then I would advise you do! Not only are you missing a great and award winning series, but the plot is very detailed and you may find it hard to follow the fast-paced roller coaster that this book is!
My son and I have read all the prior titles and enjoyed them immensely, but this one is my favourite!
The plot twists and turns at a break-neck pace, more characters are arriving
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scott's The Warlock was an interesting read. I'm a little conflicted over how I feel about it though. Did it include new mythological/historical characters that made me jump to wikipedia to learn more? Yes. Did the plot undergo significant development? Yes. Did any of my predictions come true? No. So did it live up to my expectations? I'm not sure.
Don't misinterpret what I'm saying, I love Scott's writing and his series, but something felt missing from this specific book. After waiting for ove
Alyssa Nelson
I can’t believe this series is almost done, and yet, WOW! Be prepared for some intense reveals throughout this book, and definitely have The Enchantress ready to read after you finish it, because you’re going to want to read it right away.

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the progression of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel. It gets better and better as it focuses more on the twins and their lives and goes away from Nicolas Flamel himself. In this book, we see so much more of Danu Talis, whi
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
I felt like this series started well but is now very chaotic. What seemed like a JK Rowling-Rick Riordan baby has turned into a Riordan-Lewis Carroll baby. Mythology on acid. Ever had the kind of dream where you're on Alcatraz and you've cracked an egg in your hand but you don't let go? And a 7-headed baby dragon is now drinking your blood from your hand because you're its new mommy? But your friend thinks it's dangerous so she tries to knock it out of your hand and lull it to sleep with her mag ...more
Jeffrey P
Jun 08, 2011 rated it liked it
I guess the best I can say about The Warlock is that it's (much) better than The Necromancer. However, the formula is getting a bit tired at this point: Josh and Sophie visit a different city, mythological monsters and immortals appear, stuff gets blown up, and most of them survive to live another day (and book). I am desperate for the last book to appear, not because I need to read the finale, but because this series will finally be over. A classic case of a one or two book story lengthened int ...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

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  • The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #2)
  • The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3)
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