The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Book - 2007
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While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385736008
Branch Call Number: Y FIC Scott M
Characteristics: 375 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Alchemist


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Sep 23, 2018

I can accept people going into hiding under ALMOST THEIR EXACT NAMES and murdercrow mobs (ain’t that already how it be). What I cannot accept is Scathach being single. She lives in San Francisco. Buff, short hair, freckles, combat boots, good with sword. I’m not saying she would go looking for a girlfriend, I’m saying she would definitely wind up with one. Most unbelievable part of this series tbh.

Jun 29, 2017

I really enjoyed this series and did not review the first book until I finished the series. It is a very good series. The first book is not the strongest as there is a bit of set up and introduction to the various magics and mythologies in the series. I recommend reading the series as a whole and doing so with as little time between books as possible. That is the best way to enjoy it. It is not an episodic series but rather a single long story.
There are quite a few character names that my be unfamiliar to younger readers and many of them will be hard to pronounce. I recommend the audio book version for anyone who struggles with unusual or hard to pronounce names.

Jan 30, 2017

This was such a boring book. So slow.... It was hard to get into. I made it through 10 or 11 chapters before giving up. I actually read the last couple of chapters as well just to see if it got any better before giving up altogether, it did not. I was not a fan of the writing, the characters or the story line. I thought it would be more like Harry Potter and it was not even close. If you think it will be like Harry Potter don't bother reading it.

Dec 07, 2016! I love mythology and it was really cool that the author combined all the gods and goddesses into one book as the Elder Race. Very imaginative and highly researched. I know a whole bunch about mythology but found myself learning things I never even new. Quite original. The plotline kept me in suspense and now I will read the whole series. I loved the spin on were creatures and the Yggdrasil. One of the best books I have read so far.

Sep 08, 2016

This is the less famous, better book also titled ‘The Alchemyst”. Although the actual writing isn’t anything too extraordinary, the fantasy and magic of this book (and the entire series, really) never cease to be amazing. Much like the Harry Potter series, this book leaves you lost in a world of magic, horror, and just fantastic child-like imaginative storytelling and magic. Did I mention magic? This series truly is magical, and is one of the best fantasy series out there. It is unabashedly written for you, the reader, to be wowed by cool stuff, and if you just want to read about cool stuff, this is a cool book, full of fun, cool stuff. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 19, 2016

It's an alright book. I liked it but it was very slow and didn't get very far (plot wise) by the end.

Jul 03, 2016

This book grabbed me from the very beginning, as Josh and Sophie (twins) go back to old centuries to discover the rivalry between Nicholas Flamel and John Dee. Turns out, their rivalry is over a powerful, old book that holds secret formulas for alchemy.

LoganLib_Tahnee Jun 17, 2016

This one has a bit of a slow start but the character of Flamel is quirky enough to keep the story going.

May 20, 2016

This series is really terrible but for some unknown reason I kept reading it almost to the end. Actually the second book isn't too bad, but after that it becomes super contrived and predictable. Many other better reads to be had.

Jun 30, 2015

This series may be long but it is great as it combines mythology from all cultures with fiction and reality. The Alchemyst is a great start to this series

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Jul 19, 2016

Life was normal for twin brother and sister Sophie and Josh Newman until the bookstore that Josh worked at was attacked by an evil mage. Now the world that they knew has been turned upside-down. This pair goes on an incredible adventure joined by the "immortal" alchemist Nicholas Flamel. The team must save Nicholas' wife, the world, retrieve an ancient spell book, and fulfill an age-old prophecy. Between secrets, lies, and an newly rediscovered magical world, the twins must decide which side has the real heroes.

Jul 09, 2012

This book is about two fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie, and Josh, who are suddenly thrust into a magical world they know nothing about. Suddenly they are told that they are the ones who fulfill the prophecy, and that there is somebody named John Dee, an alchemist, who will stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from happening. Luckily, they have one person on their side...Nicholas Flamel and his wife support the twins, while they go through a rollercoaster of problems, all because of a prophecy and a book. An ancient book that holds the secret formulas for eternal life.

orr1994 Jul 03, 2012

this book talks about 2 twin who discover the truth about magic


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Jun 24, 2013

"No, you're not," he said very quietly, his french accent suddenly pronounced."You are the prisoners of circumstance, of coincidence and chance... if you believe in such things." - Nicholas Flamel, Page 196


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