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The Alchemyst

(The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1)

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Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Delacorte Press
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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
Jul 25, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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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Kris
Jun 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
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)
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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Nick T. Borrelli
Quick review on this one: Oh how this book conflicted me so. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story and the characters but ultimately the shoe-horning of SO MANY historical events and figures into the story just curbed my enjoyment of it. I get what the author was trying to do. Flamel was a real person who supposedly discovered the secret to immortality but the cramming in of all of the historical figures that he encountered along the way as well as the significant historical events just ki ...more
Luann
Oct 21, 2008 rated it liked it
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was ok
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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Stacey
Jul 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 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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Kaethe Douglas
Oct 12, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The Alchemyst - Michael Scott  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.
 
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George Jankovic
Nov 27, 2016 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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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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Y. C.
Jul 11, 2014 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.
Katie
Jul 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
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
Jessika
Update 2019

Having read and reviewed this book before, I don't actually have too much to add to my original review. I will say that I'm glad I read this one again because I think I actually enjoyed the story much more this time around. I suppose I could chalk that up to knowing more and understanding more of the mythology now that I'm a bit older.

The Alchemyst is one of those books that I enjoyed more for the actual story than for the writing itself. The story is a lot of fun and a romping good
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Jackie "the Librarian"
Sep 24, 2007 rated it liked it
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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Elise (TheBookishActress)
Yet another book I loved as a kid and then stopped loving. Maybe I should just forget about reviewing these.

Thousands of different world myths and world historical facts are integrated into one clever world. There's some interesting worldbuilding surrounding auras, which, although slightly overcomplicated, is certainly interested. As the series continues, however, it gets more confusing than enjoyable.

As a fantasy story, this does fall a bit on the cliche side. There's the wise old mentor, who
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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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Kat  Hooper
Aug 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
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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VictoriaNickers
It's somewhere around a 2 and 3/4 star book.

Ever since I seen the cover of this book I wanted to read it. I have always had an interest in alchemy, philosophy and mythology and stories with those elements. I also adore the cover. It is beautiful.But, reading the reviews I was some what put off. Then I read it anyways. I don't know why but just had too.

It's actually an okay book. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. It is an easy read with more potential than it's actual realization. The st
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Mike Meier
Oct 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: "Kool Katz"
Shelves: done
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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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Jared Vincent Lacaran
WHAT THE FUCK, ALMOST EVERYONE ARE CAUCASIANS? THE SAVIORS OF THE HUMAN RACE ARE CAUCASIANS, THE GUARDIANS ARE CAUCASIANS, THE INVENTOR OF ALL KNOWN MARTIAL ARTS IS CAUCASIAN, THE MAIN ANTAGONIST IS CAUCASIAN, MOST OF THE GODS (BOTH OLD AND NEW) ARE CAUCASIANS. THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS JESUS CHRIST WHITE PEOPLE EVERYWHUURRRR

ALSO SLOPPY WRITING. THIS COULD'VE BEEN A GREAT BOOK, LOTS OF POTENTIAL WASTED. THERE'S NO CONCRETE PLOT. THE WORLD BUILDING COULD'VE BEEN GREAT EXCEPT THE AUTHOR ADDED TOO
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Kat (Lost in Neverland)

It's like the author tried to cram a dozen different mythologies together to make his 'own little story', with bland as fuck characters you don't give a shit about, and the most boring plotline you will read in a long time.
It's classified as Young Adult but reads like a pretentious middle grade.

Don't even bother.
Phrynne
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly I could not rate this book any higher as it really was just okay. It is claimed to be Young Adult but to me it seemed to be for even younger readers. As I was reading I kept thinking things like 'Enid Blyton with magic' or even worse 'the Bobbsey Twins.' Suffice it to say I read it quickly and will not be continuing with the series.
Sarah
Mar 24, 2014 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
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Twins Sophie and Josh Newman find themselves suddenly thrown from their ordinary lives (and innocuous summer jobs) into a world of magic and danger that they never knew existed right alongside or rather inside their own. This was a book I picked up essentially because of the title and because it was about the mysterious Nicolas Flamel who I have ‘met’ or at least heard of in other books (Harry Potter among them). While this is the kind of book I do enjoy with magical worlds as well as actual his ...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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“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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