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Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series. Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series. Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it. If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane. From the Hardcover edition.


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Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series. Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series. Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it. If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane. From the Hardcover edition.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3), Michael Scott The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a fantasy novel and the third installment in the six-book series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel written by Michael Scott. It serves as the sequel to The Magician, and was released on 26 May 2009 in the US. The titular sorceress refers to Perenelle Flamel. Flamel takes the twins to London, where he uses Francis to enlist Palamedes, the Saracen Kni The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3), Michael Scott The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a fantasy novel and the third installment in the six-book series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel written by Michael Scott. It serves as the sequel to The Magician, and was released on 26 May 2009 in the US. The titular sorceress refers to Perenelle Flamel. Flamel takes the twins to London, where he uses Francis to enlist Palamedes, the Saracen Knight, to help them. Palamedes takes them to his home, a junk-yard in London, and they manage to work together to contact Perenelle. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with the friendly but untrustworthy spider elder, Areop-Enap, after narrowly escaping the Sphinx and defeating the Morrigan. Morrigan had been suppressed sufficiently by the Words of Power that resided on the island that her body was retaken by her two elder sisters, Macha and Badb. Perenelle also makes fleeting contact with Scathach and Joan of Arc by scrying. Areop-Enap and its spider army are then attacked by an onslaught of poisoned flies, killing most of the spiders and wounding Areop-Enap. Billy the Kid has joined forces with Machiavelli in an attempt to kill the sorceress, but Perenelle, aided by Macha and Badb, tricks the pair and steals their boat, travelling back to the mainland with her new ally, the Crow Goddess. ... تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز ششم ماه اکتبر سال 2012میلادی عنوان: ساحره: کتاب سوم از ششگانه اسرار نیکولاس فلامل جاودان؛ نویسنده: مایکل اسکات؛ مترجم: پونه اشجع؛ تهران بهنام‏‫، 1390؛ در 494ص؛ شابک 9789645668776؛ چاپ دوم 1393؛ چاپ سوم 1398؛ موضوع داستانهای نوجوانان از نویسندگان ایرلندی، - سده 21م ‬‬ نقل از متن: «دوشنبه چهار ژوئن: فصل اول: - فکر کنم دیدمشون.؛ مرد جوان، که پالتوی کلاهدار سبز رنگی، به تن داشت، و درست زیر ساعت دیواری ایستگاه «سنت پانکراس» ایستاده بود، گوشی را از گوشش فاصله داد، و به تصویر تار روی صفحه ی گوشی، نگاهی انداخت.؛ جادوگر انگلیسی چند ساعت پیش، عکس را فرستاده بود: تاریخ روی عکس، مربوط به 4ژوئن، ساعت 11و 59دقیقه صبح بود؛ عکس بی کیفیت بود، و به نظر میرسید که با یک دوربین امنیتی، از بالای سر گرفته شده باشد.؛ عکس، تصویر مرد پیری، با موهای خاکستری را نشان میداد، که همراه دو نوجوان بلوند، در حال سوار شدن به قطار بود.؛ مرد جوان، روی نوک پایش بلند شد، و به دنبال سه نفری که چند لحظه پیش، از جلویش رد شده بودند، چشم گرداند.؛ یک آن فکر کرد، آنها را در میان جمعیت گم کرده است، اما حتی در آن صورت هم مشکلی نبود، چرا که قطعاً نمیتوانستند، خیلی دور شده باشند.؛ یکی از خواهرهایش، طبقه پایین را میپایید، و خواهر دیگرش، درِ ورودی را تحت نظر داشت.؛ پیرمرد و دوقلوها کجا رفته بودند؟ مرد جوان سعی کرد، بوهای بیشمار موجود در ایستگاه را، دسته بندی کند.؛ بوی گند آدمیزادهای مختلف را، تشخیص داد، و آنها را نادیده گرفت؛ بوی انواع عطرها و دئودورانتهای گوناگون، بوی غذاهای سرخ شده در رستوران ایستگاه، بوی خوش قهوه، بوی تند فلز داغ موتور قطارها، و واگنها.؛ مرد جوان چشمهایش را بست، و سرش را عقب برد؛ پره های بینی اش، به شکلی غیرعادی باز شدند؛ بوهایی که او به دنبالشان میگشت، شدیدتر، قدیمیتر، و غیرطبیعیتر بودند...؛ بالاخره بوها را پیدا کرد...؛ نعناع: فقط یک رد کم رنگ.؛ پرتقال: چیزی در حد یک رد مبهم.؛ وانیل: چیزی بیش از یک رد.؛ پشت عینک مستطیلی کوچک، مردمکهای آبی چشمهایش، گشاد شدند.؛ بو کشید و سعی کرد، رد بوها را، در ایستگاه دنبال کند.؛ حالا دیگر آنها را پیدا کرده بود! مرد پیری که در عکس دیده بود، داشت همراه جمعیت، مستقیم به سمت او میآمد.؛ یک شلوار جین مشکی، و یک کت چرمی زهوار دررفته، به تن داشت، و چمدان کوچکی در دست گرفته بود.؛ مثل آنچه در عکس دیده بود، دو نوجوان بلوند، که کوله پشتی داشتند، او را همراهی میکردند؛ به اندازه ای شبیه به هم بودند، که میشد گفت خواهر و برادرند.؛ مرد جوان، با گوشی اش عکسی انداخت، و آنرا برای دکتر جان دی فرستاد؛ اگرچه هیچ حسی جز تحقیر، نسبت به جادوگر انگلیسی نداشت، اما دلیلی هم نمیدید، او را با خودش دشمن کند.؛ دی مامور یکی از قدیمیترین و خطرناکترین باستانیان خبیث بود.؛ با نزدیک شدن آن سه نفر، مرد جوان، کلاه پالتویش را، روی سرش کشید، و رویش را برگرداند.؛ شماره ی خواهرش را، که در طبقه پایین منتظر بود، گرفت.؛ آهسته گفت: «خودشونن؛ فلامل و دوقلوها؛ دارن میآن سمت تو.؛ وقتی خواستن وارد خیابون آستون شن، میگیریمشون.»؛ حرفش را، به زبانی باستانی شروع کرد، و در نهایت به زبان «گی لیک» به اتمام رساند.؛ مرد جوان در گوشی اش را بست، و به دنبال کیمیاگر، و دوقلوهای آمریکایی به راه افتاد؛ با آن شلوار جین گشاد، کتانیهای کثیف، پالتوی فوق العاده گشاد، کلاهی که سر و صورتش را، پوشانده بود، و عینک آفتابی ای که به چشم زده بود، کاملاً شبیه یک نوجوان، به نظر میرسید.؛ مرد جوان، بدون اینکه جلب توجه کند، به راحتی راهش را، از بین جمعیت آن وقت عصر، باز کرد؛ با همه ی اینها، مرد جوان علیرغم ظاهرش، کوچکترین شباهتی به انسانها نداشت.؛ او و خواهرهایش، اولین بار، وقتی هنوز این سرزمین به شکل جزیره، درنیامده بود، قدم به آنجا گذاشته، و نسل به نسل به عنوان ایزد، ستایش شده بودند.؛ از اینکه دی - که فقط یک آدمیزاد بود- به او دستور بدهد، متنفر بود؛ اما جادوگر انگلیسی، به پسر کلاهدار، قول یک پاداش وسوسه انگیز را داده بود: نیکولاس فلامل، کیمیاگر افسانه ای؛ دستورات دی کاملاً مشخص بود؛ پسر کلاهدار و خواهرهایش، میتوانستند فلامل را داشته باشند، اما نباید به دوقلوها کوچکترین آسیبی میرساندند.؛ لبهای پسر جوان، به خنده باز شد.؛ خواهرهایش، به سادگی دوقلوها را دستگیر میکردند، و او میتوانست، افتخار کشتن فلامل را، از آن خودش کند.؛ لبهایش را با زبان سیاهش خیس کرد؛ میتوانستند از کیمیاگر، به عنوان غذای یک هفته شان استفاده کنند.؛ البته مسلماً سهم مادرشان را، محفوظ نگه میداشتند؛ نیکولاس فلامل، سرعتش را کم کرد، تا سوفی و جاش به او برسند؛ زورکی لبخندی بر لب آورد.؛ به مجسمه ی برنزی سی فوتی زوجی که یکدیگر را، در آغوش گرفته بودند، اشاره کرد، و با صدای بلند گفت: «به اینجا میگن میعادگاه.»؛ سپس آهسته ادامه داد: «دارن تعقیبمون میکنن.»؛ همانطور که لبخند میزد، زمزمه کنان گفت: «برنگردین.»؛ سوفی پرسید: «کی؟»؛ جاش سردرگم گفت: «چی؟»؛ حالت تهوع داشت؛ حواس تازه بیدار شده اش، به شدت تحت تاثیر بوها، و صداهای موجود در ایستگاه، قرار گرفته بودند.؛ سردرد وحشتناکی داشت، و نورها چنان شدید بودند، که پسرک آرزو میکرد، ای کاش عینک آفتابی داشت؛ نیکولاس غمگین جواب داد: «آره، همون چی که جاش گفت بهتره!»؛ دستش را بالا برد، و به ساعت بزرگ بالای مجسمه اشاره کرد، چنانکه گویی دارد راجع به آن حرف میزند.؛ سپس ادامه داد: «مطمئن نیستم چی اینجاست.؛ فقط میدونم یه چیز باستانیه.؛ به محض اینکه از قطار پیاده شدیم، حسش کردم.»؛ جاش درمانده پرسید: «حسش کردی؟» سردرگم شده بود.؛ از آن دفعه که در بیابان موهاوی، گرمازده شده بود، تا به حال این چنین احساس مریضی نکرده بود.؛ فلامل گفت: «آره.؛ مورمور شدم.؛ هاله ی من به هاله ی کسی یا چیزی، این اطراف عکس العمل نشون داد.؛ وقتی یه کم کنترلتون روی هاله هاتون بیشتر بشه، میتونین این چیزا رو احساس کنین.»؛ سوفی سرش را عقب برد، و طوری که انگار داشت به سقف مشبک فلزی- شیشه ای نگاه میکرد، آرام برگشت.؛ جمعیت با عجله، در اطرافشان حرکت میکردند.؛ اگرچه به نظر میرسید اکثرشان بومی باشند - کسانی که هر روز در آن مسیر تردد میکنند - اما توریست هم در بین جمعیت کم نبود.؛ خیلیهاشان ایستاده بودند، تا جلوه ی خاصی داشته باشد.؛ جاش پرسید: «باید چیکار کنیم؟» کم کم داشت میترسید.؛ آهسته اضافه کرد: «من میتونم نیروهای سوفی رو تقویت کنم، مثِ همون کاری که تو پاریس کردم...»؛ فلامل بلافاصله گفت: «نه.»؛ بازوی جاش را با انگشتان سردش گرفت، و ادامه داد: «از این لحظه به بعد، تو فقط و فقط از نیروهات به عنوان آخرین راه حل استفاده میکنی.؛ چون به محض اینکه هاله ات رو فعال کنی، تمام باستانیا، نسل بعدیا، و آدمای جاودانی رو، که تو شعاع ده مایلیت هستن، از حضورت مطلع میکنی.؛ و یادتون باشه که اینجا، تو انگلیس، تقریباً همه ی آدمهای جاودانی که ملاقات میکنین، طرف باستانیای خبیثن؛ علاوه بر اون، تو این سرزمین استفاده از هاله ات میتونه باعث بیدار شدن موجوداتی بشه، که بهتره خواب باقی بمونن.»؛ سوفی اعتراض کرد: «اما تو گفتی دارن تعقیبمون میکنن، و این معنیش اینه که دی میدونه ما کجاییم.» فلامل، دوقلوها را به سمت چپ، جایی دورتر از مجسمه، به سمت در خروجی هدایت کرد، و گفت: «حدس میزنم که تو همه ی فرودگاهها، بندرها و ایستگاههای راه آهن سرتاسر اروپا، مراقب گذاشته باشه.؛ دی ممکنه شک کرده باشه، که ما تو لندنیم، اما به محض اینکه هر کدوم شما، هاله تون رو فعال کنین، شکش به یقین تبدیل میشه.»؛ جاش برگشت، به فلامل نگاه کرد و پرسید: «و اگه بفهمه چیکار میکنه؟»؛ زیر نور شدید بالای سرشان، چین و چروکهای جدید و عمیقی، روی پیشانی و دور چشمهای فلامل دیده میشد.؛ فلامل شانه هایش را بالا انداخت و گفت: «کی میدونه چه کارایی از دست اون برمیآد؟ اون مستاصله و آدمای مستاصل معمولاً کارای وحشتناکی میکنن.؛ یادتون باشه دی همون کسیه که بالای کلیسای نوتردام وایساده بود، حتی حاضر بود، اون بنای تاریخی رو کلاً نابود کنه، تا مانع فرار شما بشه...؛ حتی ممکن بود برای جلوگیری از فرارتون از پاریس بکشدتون.»؛ جاش سرش را تکان داد، و مات و مبهوت پرسید: «این همون چیزیه که من نمیفهمم! فکر میکردم دی ما رو زنده میخواد.»؛ فلامل آهی کشید و گفت «دی کسیه که میتونه با مرده ها ارتباط برقرار کنه.؛ این یه هنر کثیف و وحشتناکه، که با فعال کردن مصنوعی هاله ی جسد، مرده رو دوباره به زندگی برمیگردونه.»؛ جاش از این فکر به خودش لرزید.؛ گفت: «منظورت اینه که میخواست ما رو بکشه و بعد دوباره بدنمون رو به زندگی برگردونه؟»؛ فلامل جواب داد: «آره.؛ البته به عنوان آخرین راه حل.»؛ دستش را دراز کرد، و شانه ی پسرک را، آهسته فشار داد.؛ گفت: «حرفم رو باور کن؛ اونجور زنده بودن یه هستی هولناکه، که هیچ ارزشی نداره؛ یادتون باشه دی دید که شما چیکار کردین؛ پس الآن یه ذهنیتی از قدرتهای شما داره، و اگه احیاناً قبلاً تردید داشت، که شما دو تا، دو قلوهای افسانه ای هستین یا نه، الآن دیگه شکش به یقین تبدیل شده؛ اون مجبوره که شماها رو داشته باشه، چون به شما احتیاج داره.» ضربه ی آرامی به سینه ی جاش زد.؛ دو صفحه ای که جاش از کودکس پاره کرده بود، زیر تی شرتش، خش خش صدا داد.؛ کیمیاگر ادامه داد: «و از همه مهمتر، اون به این دو صفحه احتیاج داره.»؛ سه نفری، به دنبال تابلوهای راهنمای خروجی خیابان استون، با جمعیتی که به همان جهت در حرکت بودند، همراه شدند.؛ سوفی، همانطور که به اطراف نگاه میکرد، گفت: «یادمه گفتی یکی میاد دنبالمون.»؛ فلامل زیرلب گفت: «سنت ژرمن گفت سعی میکنه با یه دوست قدیمی تماس بگیره.؛ شاید موفق نشده باشه.»؛ به محض اینکه از ایستگاه متروی زیبا، با آجرهای قرمزرنگ، قدم بیرون گذاشتند، و وارد خیابان استون شدند، از تعجب خشکشان زد.؛ وقتی دو ساعت ونیم پیش، پاریس را ترک کرده بودند، آسمان صاف بود، و دمای هوا چیزی حدود هفده درجه بود، اما در لندن، هوا به نظر ده درجه خنکتر بود، و به شدت باران میبارید.؛ بادی که میوزید، آنقدر سرد بود، که دوقلوها لرزیدند.؛ هر سه برگشتند، و زیر سقف ایستگاه پناه گرفتند.؛ و آن موقع بود که سوفی او را دید.»؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 04/09/1399هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Scott stays consistent with his storytelling. I love the inclusion of Shakespeare and Billy the Kid in this one. It was a fun read, but not too different than the rest. There's no big surprises anymore, only a fun storyline. I do have to say that Scott over uses the phrase "takes a deep breath." All his characters seem to be doing yoga. lol. I get it though and fault him little. We all have our crutches. I love all the places we visit as the reader and the battle scenes never disappoint. This is Scott stays consistent with his storytelling. I love the inclusion of Shakespeare and Billy the Kid in this one. It was a fun read, but not too different than the rest. There's no big surprises anymore, only a fun storyline. I do have to say that Scott over uses the phrase "takes a deep breath." All his characters seem to be doing yoga. lol. I get it though and fault him little. We all have our crutches. I love all the places we visit as the reader and the battle scenes never disappoint. This is a good series that delivers a fun fantasy for young readers. I will keep on reading on.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    Okay I know this has taken me forever, but this book really felt like a step up from the first two. It looks like they stick with the same narrator from here on out though, which will be nice. The thing I love most about these books is the interweaving of various historical figures-- if not for them I would say this was a straight rip-off of PJO or HP or what have you. Very entertaining.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    After I finished the first book in the series (the Alchemyst) I decided that I should read the rest of the series before I gave a review. But I find my self finishing the third book in the series and really have to reconsider reading the last three. So I think I’ll take a break and write a review and decide later whether or not I’ll finish. I did not like this book, in fact I did not like the two before it. The problem is that the idea or concept of the series is great and compelling. But there a After I finished the first book in the series (the Alchemyst) I decided that I should read the rest of the series before I gave a review. But I find my self finishing the third book in the series and really have to reconsider reading the last three. So I think I’ll take a break and write a review and decide later whether or not I’ll finish. I did not like this book, in fact I did not like the two before it. The problem is that the idea or concept of the series is great and compelling. But there are so many problems that take away from that idea or concept that it makes it hard to continue, so I’ll start with what I like before going in to what I dislike. What I like – The concept that some of our histories most influential characters are immortal and have been working in the shadows along side the characters of our myths fighting our nightmares is thrilling. It is apparent that the author did extensive research of the characters so the reader (if not sure about that character) could simply pull up a search engine and read about them. That’s just about the only saving grace of the series, and the only reason I continued to read after book one… and maybe why I might read books four thru six. What I dislike – Let us start with the characters because I do like them, for the main characters the author gives a good amount of detail about the appearance and mentality as they experience the following five days of the three books. You begin trusting Nicholas Flamel from the start and slowly question that trust as the events revel more of his past and the things he has done. But he is a one note character, who never really tells us anything or has any growth in the story. Maybe it’s because he’s over six hundred year old, but I feel it is because the author never really flushed out the character. He just needed a mentor who could just do things and that is how the Flamel’s are justified when things happen. The Twins are Fifteen and a Half as the continue to remind us through out the books and every chance they get they are either stating that they are not children or they are complaining about the events that are happening around them. I realize that teenagers can act like that but it gets real tiresome after the first few pages. The fact that they begin to understand what’s happening around them and continually accept that they have a role to play in the battles and even want the power that they are training for, for them to constantly whine and complain about how they are no longer normal is so bothersome that I honestly hope they die in the series. I know that’s mean and it is a Young Adult book so that’s not going to happen, but I do find myself wondering why I care about the main characters, the are not driving the plot, and everything the acquire is given to them with no real effort, it even seems like it not that big of a deal. Which brings me to the monsters that our characters are fighting against. Think about all the evils in all the stories through myth… that makes up the “bad guys” of the books. Our main characters are suppose to be fighting against the most terrible and horrible things through out our myths and nightmares but the fights last no more then a few minutes and are resolved with no more then a flick of a finger at times. It feels most times that the things that are suppose to terrify us and keep us rooting for the good guys are so simple to defeat that a child no older the three could defeat them and win the day. How is this a struggle that could bring about the end of the world and how has this been raging on through all of history? Not once do I feel like anyone is in moral danger, not when they fight the Creatures that have hunted and feed off humans from the beginnings of time or when they are fighting/running from the Gods of myth. It’s silly really. Last there is the writing of the book that really pissed all over a great concept. Not only does it feel like the author spends 7/8 of the book stroking of his English degree by restating the same facts over every chapter but he also puffs up the chapter count by ending one chapter and starting then next one right in the middle of a scene, staying in the same point of view and addressing the same idea. One chapter will finish half way through a sentence and the very next will pick up finishing that sentence with out there really needing an interruption. If you are teaching the teens about the magic of water and that is what you are doing in the chapter there is no need to cut it off half or a third way thru and pick it right back up on the following chapter(s), just make it all one chapter. You don’t have to tell us that Nicholas Flamel was using the alias Nick Flemming every time you reference the character after the initial reveal. We get, we can under stand that he was using an alias and you don’t have to remind us every time. What these books need is a editor to go through them and condense the first three into what could be half a novel and I will go ahead and assume that the remaining three could be edited down to the last half of the novel making one complete and ok book. Then the editor should take those six books and Slap the crap out of the author for a good hour for each book and tell him to do it better because this would make a great novel if you can wade through all the shit and piss to pull out the good parts. End of Line

  5. 4 out of 5

    JeanBookNerd

    Anyone among you a fan of Shakespeare? Get ready for some entertaining reading as Scott raise the stakes with each installment. I have to say, he is the master of his genre and continues the thrilling journey through history’s myths and legends. The Sorceress is an adventure in its own and it is definitely worth following. Michael Scott has created a perfect epic fantasy world filled with legendary characters. In order to to properly understand the plot, I would certainly reccomend you read the se Anyone among you a fan of Shakespeare? Get ready for some entertaining reading as Scott raise the stakes with each installment. I have to say, he is the master of his genre and continues the thrilling journey through history’s myths and legends. The Sorceress is an adventure in its own and it is definitely worth following. Michael Scott has created a perfect epic fantasy world filled with legendary characters. In order to to properly understand the plot, I would certainly reccomend you read the series in sequence starting with The Alchemyst, As you read through the series, I advise you to google the characters. Seriously, Who wouldn’t love a novel with a little bit of history? Here is one of many of my favorite lines in the novel. “I spend all my time trying to keep thoughts away and ignore them….But here you are, trying to remember your own life, writing your thoughts down so that you don’t forget. I suddenly realized what it would be like not to know, not to remember.” — Michael Scott (The Sorceress)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This series continues to frustrate me. I'm enjoying the books enough to keep reading, but my poor husband is sick of hearing me rant about plot holes and poor writing. Major spoilers!It frustrates me that information keeps being repeated over and over again. I know I'm reading the books with only a few days or week in between and they were originally written years apart and the reader had to be reminded. But not constantly, and we don't need reminders of things that happened previously in the sa This series continues to frustrate me. I'm enjoying the books enough to keep reading, but my poor husband is sick of hearing me rant about plot holes and poor writing. Major spoilers!It frustrates me that information keeps being repeated over and over again. I know I'm reading the books with only a few days or week in between and they were originally written years apart and the reader had to be reminded. But not constantly, and we don't need reminders of things that happened previously in the same book! Yet we revisit basic facts over and over. The books could easily have been a hundred pages less if the editing had been tighter. At one point the characters talk about how Dee has been searching for centuries for Clarent. Then later Dee is confident that he will be able to find Josh any time he wants because Josh has the sword and Excalibur always points towards its twin. But if that's true then why didn't he find Clarent years ago? I am also frustrated by the world building. Distinctions keep being made between sorcery, magic, and alchemy, yet so far we have not seen any practical difference, other than that Perenelle can talk to ghosts. All of these powers appear to be manipulating the aura. And if they all involve aural manipulation, then what is the point of spells and cantrips and whatnot? And if becoming an Elemental master is so incredibly easy that the knowledge can be transferred in a few minutes, why haven't the Flamels learned? (I'm guessing this is a plot point in a later book, but I'd expect one of the twins to bring it up. They're remarkably willing to just go with the flow, though, unless it furthers the plot for them to be angry.) It also bugs me that the older characters speak every language ever. (And that the introduction of these languages always includes some variation of the phrase "a language that had not been spoken for 3,000 years". ) Yes, they are all very old, and they are very well traveled and well-educated, but languages still take time to learn. I can't remember now who it was that said how many languages they knew, but I do recall doing out the math such that they'd have had to be learning a new language every two years or so. That's not much time to become completely fluent, particularly in multiple dialects and in some "dead" languages that only a handful of people speak aloud. Also, it took Saint-Germane less than five minutes to teach Sophie the Magic of Fire. Granted the house has been destroyed and there is the press to deal with, but really. Five minutes couldn't have been spared to teach Josh too?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    Quarantine's Reads Gets..Epic.. And this series really gets more interesting and thrilling.. More Historical Characters appears as immortal in a kind of accurate way if you read about their real lives before.. Also more about the mythical characters.. Ancient Entities... And of course real Historical sites. All of that mixing with the ongoing chase between the Immortal Nicolas Flamel and Doctor John Dee and a modern teenager twins who recently discovered that they are prophesied to be something wil Quarantine's Reads Gets..Epic.. And this series really gets more interesting and thrilling.. More Historical Characters appears as immortal in a kind of accurate way if you read about their real lives before.. Also more about the mythical characters.. Ancient Entities... And of course real Historical sites. All of that mixing with the ongoing chase between the Immortal Nicolas Flamel and Doctor John Dee and a modern teenager twins who recently discovered that they are prophesied to be something will really change the world.. An Epic read I can't wait to read the next part of it..

  8. 4 out of 5

    PurplyCookie

    The roller coaster continues, but this time the dips are punctuated by glimpses of the darker history that predates the current story. A more interesting book than the previous two, smaller, more private battles, both within the characters and between the characters. The first two books were fun to read. This one is also fun, but is more deeply plotted. We pick up where we left off: Dr. John Dee has torn Paris apart in his efforts to grab the immortal Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman, The roller coaster continues, but this time the dips are punctuated by glimpses of the darker history that predates the current story. A more interesting book than the previous two, smaller, more private battles, both within the characters and between the characters. The first two books were fun to read. This one is also fun, but is more deeply plotted. We pick up where we left off: Dr. John Dee has torn Paris apart in his efforts to grab the immortal Nicholas Flamel and Sophie and Josh Newman, while Nicholas watches Paris' destruction and observes that the twins increasingly show signs of being the promised twins of legend. With them both awakened, Dr. Dee doesn't need Nicholas Flamel alive. He also needs to find the twins fast without letting them slip away again or his master will inflict terrible consequences upon him. Meanwhile, his partner in crime, Machiavelli, heads to the island of Alcatraz to finish off the Sorceress. His master's also concerned about the number of failures in regards to capturing the twins and the Flamels. The twins and Flamel eventually join up with Palamedes, an immortal Saracen knight and friend of Comte de Saint Germain, and William Shakespeare, Nicholas' former apprentice. Palamedes takes the twins and company to King Gilgamesh so the twins could learn the magic of water, but Dee and his cohorts are never far behind. Meanwhile, Perennelle, Nicholas' wife, is trapped on Alcatraz where Dee imprisoned her. The Sphynx is hunting her, ghosts are haunting her, and now she has new terrifying creatures to deal with. Not including the 'split personalities', of course. But she's managed to free herself and has gathered a few unlikely allies to her defense. I really like the character of Perenelle. (I'm not quite as sure about Nicholas.) She comes across as a good person who wants to the the right thing. She is smart and strong and is able to gain the respect, if not the love, of many of her enemies. The first two were pure action adventure fantasy. This one begins to build a fantasy world that breathes and lives. More of Purplycookie’s Reviews @: http://www.goodreads.com/purplycookie Book Details: Title The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3) Author Michael Scott Reviewed By Purplycookie

  9. 5 out of 5

    dyanne

    Same problemos as the first two books... plotholes, weak characters, etc. etc. 2 stars for Palamedes, who is one of the two characters I don't want to hit really hard in the head for stupidity. 2 stars for William Shakespeare, who is the second character I don't want to hit really hard in the head for stupidity. -2 stars because Josh is FIFTEEN and can't say irrevocably. That is all. Same problemos as the first two books... plotholes, weak characters, etc. etc. 2 stars for Palamedes, who is one of the two characters I don't want to hit really hard in the head for stupidity. 2 stars for William Shakespeare, who is the second character I don't want to hit really hard in the head for stupidity. -2 stars because Josh is FIFTEEN and can't say irrevocably. That is all.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rubi

    Great third book of the series. The best till now in my opinion. A lot of action, new and very interesting characters... Review to come when I'll have a pc nearby. Great third book of the series. The best till now in my opinion. A lot of action, new and very interesting characters... Review to come when I'll have a pc nearby.

  11. 5 out of 5

    সালমান হক

    After reading the first two books, I had high expectations for The Sorceress, and yet again I am very glad to say I was not disappointed. As more characters are introduced, we see the originals ones growing. Again, the action is fast-paced, the storyline is interesting, and there are a lot of mythological references that keep me researching online and learning a lot about history and mythology. There are lots of questions and very few answers and the continuing plot twists without resolution mak After reading the first two books, I had high expectations for The Sorceress, and yet again I am very glad to say I was not disappointed. As more characters are introduced, we see the originals ones growing. Again, the action is fast-paced, the storyline is interesting, and there are a lot of mythological references that keep me researching online and learning a lot about history and mythology. There are lots of questions and very few answers and the continuing plot twists without resolution make it feel a little overdone. Each one of these books has its own set of dilemmas and I really like them. In this installment the chase is still on for the twins and everyone who is aiding them. The elders must have them in order to take over the world again. The characters are still steadfast and true to each one of their causes. The goodguys are protecting the twins and the badguys are protecting the elders. There is a huge battle that is brewing and the countdown has started now that the twins have begun to feel and test their powers. I can't wait to read The Necromancer! :)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maree

    More of the same types of thoughts and complaints as with the previous book in this series. The plot, the action, the characters are great, but again with the telling rather than showing. It would be nice if everyone would stop just instinctively knowing everything. Some explanation of HOW they know so that I feel like I`m creating my own impressions rather than having them made for me would just be super. That said, again, it´s a series with good humor despite its sometimes over dramatic nature. More of the same types of thoughts and complaints as with the previous book in this series. The plot, the action, the characters are great, but again with the telling rather than showing. It would be nice if everyone would stop just instinctively knowing everything. Some explanation of HOW they know so that I feel like I`m creating my own impressions rather than having them made for me would just be super. That said, again, it´s a series with good humor despite its sometimes over dramatic nature. It´s a good contrast. I especially appreciated the bit with Perry and the boat - it played on the cliches twice and then overthrew them. Fantastic. But for every time Scott switches things up, someone says something super cliche about what heroes are made from or about how there is no possible escape (right before they escape). So I guess it balances out. Good plot, interesting stuff going down, and Scott keeps you jumping wondering what will happen next. Not the best series, but I´m locked into the story now, so I´ll keep reading.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I'm definitely enjoying this series. It is so creative. Children need books that can encourage them to open the door wider into the reading world. I love that about this particular youth fiction series. It is different and unique. This is the 3rd book in this youth fantasy fiction series. The second one is my favorite so far. I liked this one too, but it felt a little more explanatory. That is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the world created in this book, is so different than our c I'm definitely enjoying this series. It is so creative. Children need books that can encourage them to open the door wider into the reading world. I love that about this particular youth fiction series. It is different and unique. This is the 3rd book in this youth fantasy fiction series. The second one is my favorite so far. I liked this one too, but it felt a little more explanatory. That is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when the world created in this book, is so different than our current world. I love the character development and was glad that the brother was less whiny.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    When this comes out, I am SO reading it! I love this series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hadessephy

    This is quickly becoming one of my favorite series! Great settings, cool historical and mythological characters and action packed adventures. Pick this one up if you havent!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

    In this third novel in The Secrets of the Immortal Nichalas Flamel series (following The Alchemyst and The Magician), twins Josh and Sophie are still on the run as the forces of evil are hunting them down. Sophie's recently awakened aura and training with fire and stone along with Josh's new knowledge of warfare from Mars, they were barely able to escape the clutches of the magical immortal John Dee and his allies in the center of Paris at the end of the previous novel. Their ally Scatty has dis In this third novel in The Secrets of the Immortal Nichalas Flamel series (following The Alchemyst and The Magician), twins Josh and Sophie are still on the run as the forces of evil are hunting them down. Sophie's recently awakened aura and training with fire and stone along with Josh's new knowledge of warfare from Mars, they were barely able to escape the clutches of the magical immortal John Dee and his allies in the center of Paris at the end of the previous novel. Their ally Scatty has disappeared into the river Seine, and Nicholas' wife Pernelle has been captured and being held by a Sphinx on Alcatraz. Now Nicholas, Joan of Arc, and St. Germaine are doing what they can to help the twins leave France so they can have time to train. The problem is they find their only alternative to be London, a city that is probably where John Dee, who was the court magician for Queen Elizabeth I, has the most strength. Fortunately, the good king Gilgamesh is there. He will likely be able to teach both twins the power of water. Along with William Shakespeare and an ancient Turkish knight, the twins will face everything that John Dee and the Horned God can throw at them. Pernelle continues to find a way of Alcatraz even as the dark forces send Billy the Kid, Nicolo Machiavelli, and Nereus of Greek Myth to help the Sphinx in bringing her under control. Fortunately, she is not called the Sorceress for nothing. She calls upon the ghosts of the island, the spider god Aerop-Enap, and the Crow Goddess to hold her own. Scott has done a wonderful job of creating an exciting action series that exposes young and old readers alike to historical figures from history and lore. While The Magician was not quite up to the interest level of The Alchemyst, though it was still good, this third installment brings the quality of the story to the next level. To make it even more exciting, this volume ends with a huge WOW! moment that leaves the reader pining for the next novel, which is going to be called The Necromancers. The whole course of the series is likely to shift. Scott also includes a great Author's Note that highlights some important historical realities that pop up in the book including Stonehenge.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Largo

    The Sorceress by Michael Scott is a really good book and probably my favorite continuation in the series. I still love the constant use of historical events and people in the series as well as the introduction to Palamedes, William Shakespeare, and Billy the Kid. Scott, in my opinion, did a good job in putting all the historical information together to make the book a lot more interesting. I really loved the introduction of Gilgamesh as well as him teaching the twins a new elemental magic. I rea The Sorceress by Michael Scott is a really good book and probably my favorite continuation in the series. I still love the constant use of historical events and people in the series as well as the introduction to Palamedes, William Shakespeare, and Billy the Kid. Scott, in my opinion, did a good job in putting all the historical information together to make the book a lot more interesting. I really loved the introduction of Gilgamesh as well as him teaching the twins a new elemental magic. I really like how one of the Dark Elders sided with Perenelle in her attempts to escape Alcatraz and I hope that more Elders/Dark Elders with continue to help. I would recommend this book to people who like, fantasy, historical fiction, mystery, adventure/action, and a little bit of magic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    A good installment, but the ending seemed a little lacking. As always Dee is an asshole. And the twins are still getting on my nerves with the whole "can we trust Flamel?" bullshit. I know you guys don't know them very well, but they've also saved your lives a couple times over, don't you think that makes them at least a little trustworthy? Plus the other side is the DARK ELDERS, do they sound like your friends!? Sophie isn't as bad, but her blind devotion to Josh also annoys me. I don't like Jo A good installment, but the ending seemed a little lacking. As always Dee is an asshole. And the twins are still getting on my nerves with the whole "can we trust Flamel?" bullshit. I know you guys don't know them very well, but they've also saved your lives a couple times over, don't you think that makes them at least a little trustworthy? Plus the other side is the DARK ELDERS, do they sound like your friends!? Sophie isn't as bad, but her blind devotion to Josh also annoys me. I don't like Josh much anymore. Lastly, (view spoiler)[ WAS THAT LAST BIT WITH DEE AND THE SWORDS MEANING THAT THE TWINS OF LEGEND ARE FUCKING SWORDS!!!?! (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    2nd time--reread I just love the larger-then-life characters to this series. Also its so action packed!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Caro

    In this third book of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, Nicholas Flamel, Josh and Sophie head over to London after narrowly escaping the evil John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli in Paris. Even though London belongs basically to the Dark Elders, it is the only place in Europe where there is a Master of the Water element. Josh and Sophie are now both Awakened and they need to be able to control this element. The fact that Josh is finally Awakened makes him, in his mind, equal again t In this third book of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, Nicholas Flamel, Josh and Sophie head over to London after narrowly escaping the evil John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli in Paris. Even though London belongs basically to the Dark Elders, it is the only place in Europe where there is a Master of the Water element. Josh and Sophie are now both Awakened and they need to be able to control this element. The fact that Josh is finally Awakened makes him, in his mind, equal again to his sister. The power they have unleashed together in Paris clearly points out, if there remained any doubt, that they are the true Twins of legend: "the two that are one and the one that is all". I am now repeatedly amazed by the changes in Josh's personality. From being a powerless whiny character in the first book, he is now opening up to his true self and gaining in power and strength. The fact that Mars Ultor, the bannished Elder, has given him the gift of strategy makes him an undeniable strength in their group when he can analyse all dangerous situations with calm. It is fascinating also to see Josh interact with the Coward's Blade Clarent (Excalibur's twin). I can't wait to read more about those blades in the future books. The twins also start to be more independent, now that they are powerful. They want to know why they are fighting and for whom, not blindly follow what they are told. This is, I believe, an amazing point that is being made. To quote a superhero: "with great power comes great responsability" (which I'm dedicating to Becky the Bookette who is a fan! ;) ). The twins understand the extent of their yet to be discovered powers and want to use them for good and not just as a mere instrument to someone else's will. Nicholas Flamel included. Dangerous situations are definitely not scarce when they set foot in London. Now that the Dark Elders are convinced that Josh and Sophie are the Twins, they have started to gather to return to Earth. Many creatures await the trio in London and hunt them thanks to the distinctive silver and gold auras of the twins. All those creatures are brilliantly described by Michael Scott, especially the Archon Cernunnos who was present on this planet even before the Elders. Each character has a very moving story through the centuries and it is always an amazing discovery that awaits the reader. My heart has been taken by the character of Gilgamesh the King. I won't write anything here, but what a beautiful and heart-breaking story his is. I can't wait to read more about him, if he will come back in the next books. All in all, I am literally amazed at the world created by Michael Scott and many character's stories will stay with me for a long time. But the book is also mainly about Perenelle, held prisoner on Alcatraz - hence the title. She is said to be much more powerful than Nicholas Flamel, and she is the one feared by Elders, Next Generation and other species alike. Single-handedly, she overcomes all that is thrown her way with uncanny brilliance. Her fight is the most amazing parts you will read in this book. The Sorceress rocks! I cannot even describe how breath-taking this series is. The mythology created by Michael Scott is unbelievably rich and fascinating. I keep wanting to know more about what happened before humans set foot on this planet and I keep asking myself, how the Twins will use their powers. As soon as I finished reading The Sorceress, I started reading The Necromancer. I am addicted to this series, and I am sure you will be too!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    THESE BOOKS. I'm loving them. Each book is basically an immediate continuation of the previous one, and is very easy to read one right after the other. I am really enjoying reading them, which is allowing me to look past the writing which isn't the best. However, I have noticed that the writing has improved from the first two. Or, maybe I'm just getting used to it? Either way, I think these books are great and can't wait to read the next ones. Excited to see how the story ends. Really 4.5 stars. THESE BOOKS. I'm loving them. Each book is basically an immediate continuation of the previous one, and is very easy to read one right after the other. I am really enjoying reading them, which is allowing me to look past the writing which isn't the best. However, I have noticed that the writing has improved from the first two. Or, maybe I'm just getting used to it? Either way, I think these books are great and can't wait to read the next ones. Excited to see how the story ends. Really 4.5 stars. Took off the half of a star for some of the writing, but the plot and characters are so cool that I don't even care how repetitive some of the writing can be!

  22. 5 out of 5

    mina

    this book could have been half the size of what it was.. i love long books with good characters and an interesting storyline, but this one dragged on too long. for a lot of the book, almost nothing was happening to keep me interested.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

    I think this one has been the best of the three books, so far. Much better plot and deeper insight to the characters, old and new.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Olly

    There is just nothing to this series anymore. The concept was so intriguing that I was super into it from the start, but considering that this could definitely be a three-book series, not a six-book series, and the fact that the most compelling characters are either stuck, complaining, dying, or just not getting enough flushed out page time, I'm calling it quits. I had such high hopes, and normally I'd feel pretty adament that I don't count a book as "finished" if I haven't actually finished it There is just nothing to this series anymore. The concept was so intriguing that I was super into it from the start, but considering that this could definitely be a three-book series, not a six-book series, and the fact that the most compelling characters are either stuck, complaining, dying, or just not getting enough flushed out page time, I'm calling it quits. I had such high hopes, and normally I'd feel pretty adament that I don't count a book as "finished" if I haven't actually finished it, but I've skipped around, read the story's plot, given it my all, but whatever I'm reading now is what I know I'll be reading when it ends. There are no new experiences to have going forward, and there are just too many other books that I'm too pumped to read to keep spending time on this one. I think that this might be a great series for a much younger, middle-grade audience, maybe younger, or maybe great for reluctant readers, but it's pretty hard to go from Renegades, Archenemies, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, etc. to this and consider it my type of story. It has an audience for sure, but I'm just not it. Happy Reading!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Victor

    The Sorceress, By Michael Scott, is the next book in ther series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, after The Magician. After evading another disaster from the evil Dr. Dee and an ancient creature. The twins start to learn elemental magic. While Josh is behind his sister in magic, he's found something even more deadly, but will he be able to control it?I recommend this to fantasy lovers. The Sorceress, By Michael Scott, is the next book in ther series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, after The Magician. After evading another disaster from the evil Dr. Dee and an ancient creature. The twins start to learn elemental magic. While Josh is behind his sister in magic, he's found something even more deadly, but will he be able to control it?I recommend this to fantasy lovers.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    This book was excellent. It had thrills,twists,and overall a great storyline. You never know what is coming next. This book uses other myths to create a world of fantasy.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Such a fast read. Cannot wait until I can pick up the next one!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Nelson

    This series continues to get exponentially better with each new installment. In this third book, Flamel, Josh, and Sophie are on the run in London–Dee’s home turf–so they need to be extra careful. They meet up with Gilgamesh to learn how to control water. All I can say about this book is wow! I love how much focus is on Perenelle in this one. She’s easily my favorite character, so I enjoyed getting to learn more of her backstory and reading about her completely subverting all the horrible plans t This series continues to get exponentially better with each new installment. In this third book, Flamel, Josh, and Sophie are on the run in London–Dee’s home turf–so they need to be extra careful. They meet up with Gilgamesh to learn how to control water. All I can say about this book is wow! I love how much focus is on Perenelle in this one. She’s easily my favorite character, so I enjoyed getting to learn more of her backstory and reading about her completely subverting all the horrible plans the Dark Elders have for her. She’s truly a force you don’t want to mess with, and I love watching her prove that again and again, even when the odds are stacked so completely against her. What’s great is that the way she gets out of situations never seems improbably are too coincidental; she just uses her smarts and thinks outside the box, which is fun. I greatly enjoyed her character arc in this book. Josh continues to annoy me, but I think that’s just what his character is going to do for the whole series. I find him too whiny, though he has gotten a little bit better since the first book. He’s at least more bearable and likeable in this book, which is nice. The immortals who are introduced in this book are super fun and very much a surprise. I hope we get to see more of them. These books are also really starting to rev up in action; this one certainly seems nonstop. It’s full of battles and struggles and running away; the world has a nice foundation, so Michael Scott is just amping up the plot at this point. While the main story is mostly resolved by the end, The Sorceress very much hangs on a cliffhanger, so have the fourth book ready if you know that’s going to bother you. I’m very much enjoying this ride through this fantasy world and can’t wait to pick up book 4! Also posted on Purple People Readers.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ithlilian

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series immensely, but I did hope they would improve a bit, or at least change. Each book has the same basic premise. Flamel, the twins, and their followers are running from Dee and his affiliates. During the excruciatingly long chase scene the twins stop to learn magic from some crazy immortals. Perenelle is still trapped on Alcatraz, a plot string which I found boring and drawn out. Flamel is still keeping secrets from the twins, which is irritating. Josh i I enjoyed the first two books in this series immensely, but I did hope they would improve a bit, or at least change. Each book has the same basic premise. Flamel, the twins, and their followers are running from Dee and his affiliates. During the excruciatingly long chase scene the twins stop to learn magic from some crazy immortals. Perenelle is still trapped on Alcatraz, a plot string which I found boring and drawn out. Flamel is still keeping secrets from the twins, which is irritating. Josh is portrayed as excessively cynical and negative at the beginning of the novel, so negative that I was thinking about not going any further in the book. Also, I do not like the constant stream of historical figures that just happen to be immortal. It seems like little has changed throughout the series. The most interesting parts are still the sections with Dee and the dark elders. Dee seems to be less "bad" than Flamel. They both are responsible for the deaths of millions, they just have differing viewpoints on the use of the Book of Abraham. Flamel wants to use it to restore the world to a paradise, and Dee wants to give it to the dark elders so they can do the same thing. My only hope is that the rest of the books in this series bring us something new, and finally give us a few answers. I fear, however, that the following books will be more running from Dee, a small bit of learning a new magic, and then more running. It has already gotten tiring. Yet, the stories are enjoyable, and I do want to know what happens to everyone. Here is hoping for improvement in the future.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3) (pp. 483) The 3rd book of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel finally hits its stride. The tale of good versus evil between warring factions of ancient creatures and immortals on Earth gets less wordy and finds a better pace. There’s so much going on, but the reader is finally starting to see all the character development of the first two books really pay off. The lines between motive and ethics blur. Relationship dynamics among friends ,al The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #3) (pp. 483) The 3rd book of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel finally hits its stride. The tale of good versus evil between warring factions of ancient creatures and immortals on Earth gets less wordy and finds a better pace. There’s so much going on, but the reader is finally starting to see all the character development of the first two books really pay off. The lines between motive and ethics blur. Relationship dynamics among friends ,allies and enemies become more complex and interesting. New famous mythological and historical figures show up as major players. Scott’s use of each is purposeful and fits with absolute logic in the world he’s created. This book is less about the chase, but it’s still the same central premise of capturing the prophesized twins. Reaching the last pages, the number of answers sought by the reader clearly aren’t being resolved, but some threads are starting feel complete enough to give the reader satisfaction. A large focus on Pernelle Flamel covers character history wanted in the first installment. Like each of the previous installments, Scott ends the book abruptly and the reader is left both elated and reaching for the next book in the series. Where the first book felt like a fun D&D like romp, the 3rd has a rich mythology of its own that starts to feel more like elements of LOST. I still take issue with what Scott considers both a title and an ending. But there’s at least three more on the horizon and the ride is a lot of fun.

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