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The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
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Mar 10, 2009

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Read in March, 2009

Sophie and Josh are two ordinary twins working summer jobs in San Francisco. Josh happens to be working for Nick & Perry Flemming in a bookshop. One day, Nick Flemming (a.k.a. the immortal Nicholas Flamel) is attacked in his shop. The attacker, Dr. John Dee - another imortal working on behalf of legendary creatures known as Elders - wants Flamel's "Book of Abraham the Mage" which contains all the ancient alchemical secrets, as well as prophecies. Dee manages to get the book, except for the vital last two pages, which Josh tears out as he and Sophie try to help save the Flemmings/Flamels. Now Josh and Sophie are caught in the middle of Dee's plans to unleash the Dark Elders (those who have no respect for humans - using them as slaves or food) and Nicholas must save them in any way he can - no matter how much danger it creates for them all.

This book is full of fantasy action, but with a strong plot and good characterization. It creates a unique fantasy world within our own, but also references world mythologies from many cultures. It's a great read alone, but you just might decide you want to know more about some of these characters once you're done.

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Clara Driscoll Good + book!

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