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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Book Two Does Not Disappoint!

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (June 24, 2008)
ISBN-10: 0385733585

Amazon, Product Description
After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Nicollo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year—their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophesy is becoming more and more clear.

It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain—alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope—if they don’t turn on each other first.

This is book 2 for Michael Scott. I began this series with The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel about a year ago. The book was released in May of 2007. That book started off in present day time in California, where two kids (twins), Josh and Sophie are spoken of in a prophecy, and thus begins an adventure wrapped around magicians and Elders that sets their world upside down.

I totally enjoyed book one and so when book two came along I sent for it. I did a bit of other reading from my tbr pile before I got to it but boy oh boy, once I opened it, it was hard to put down! This book not only picks up where book one ends but it takes of at great speed and doesn't let up !!

The second book of most trilogies tends to disappoint many people, but if you have read The Alchemyst, I can tell you that book 2 will not disappoint! Michael Scott surely did his homework to bring many of these characters to life in a way that makes you unable to put the book down. Characters such as:

John Dee
John Dee (July 13, 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was a noted English mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, geographer, occultist, and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I. He also devoted much of his life to alchemy, divination, and Hermetic philosophy.

Nicholas Flamel
Nicolas Flamel (traditionally c. 1330 – 1418) was a successful scrivener and manuscript-seller who developed a posthumous reputation as an alchemist due to his reputed work on the Philosopher's Stone.

Scáthach ("Shadowy")
Scathack is a figure in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. She is a legendary Scottish warrior woman and martial arts teacher who trains the legendary Ulster hero Cúchulainn in the arts of combat.

Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (May 3, 1469 – June 21, 1527) was an Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet and playwright.

Count St. Germain
Count of St. Germain (fl. 1710–1784) has been variously described as a courtier, adventurer, charlatan, inventor, alchemist, pianist, violinist and amateur composer, but is best known as a recurring figure in the stories of several strands of occultism – particularly those connected to Theosophy, where he is also referred to as the Master Rakoczi or the Master R and credited with near god-like powers and longevity.

Next up for Michael Scott will be book 3, The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) I am only sorry it will take another year for that to appear!


Blogger Kailana said...

I looked at that book a couple times, but I still haven't picked it up. I really should remedy that!

12:27 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

hi kailana!.. to be honest if you enjoyed book one.. you will probably like this even more! I know I enjoyed this even more than book one!

12:30 PM  
Blogger Cath said...

Nicholas Flamel was mentioned in the Harry Potter book wasn't he? I had no idea he really existed. Same with the Count of St. Germaine. So used to reading about him in Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's vampire books but had no idea he really existed. Though not as a vampire I assume. lol

6:37 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Hi Cath.. yes book one of Harry potter it was Nicholas Flamel's "sorcer's stone" that the story was about.. the name drew me to the first book (The Alchemist) by Scott.. and it was enjoyable.. I was surprised to find book 2 even MORE enjoyable!..very fast moving with things happening at every moment!

6:43 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Like I told you in the email, I really have to get these. I love when authors take real people from the past and insert them into fictional/fantasy novels. Some of my favorite books. Like James Owens' books. Good stuff there! And I love anything having to do with magicians!

10:59 PM  
Blogger Ladytink_534 said...

Sounds like a great series. I hate having to wait for the next book to come out when I'm really into the world at the time, especially when it's a year or more at a time!

7:20 AM  
Blogger DesLily said...

Chris: I didn't realize that maybe this was why I was enjoying the books so much too lol.. all I remember when i got book one was the name Nicholas Flamel and that the reason the name came to me was the use of it in book one of harry potter! duh.

Ladytink: oh you have no idea how I hate waiting!!!!! It seems to be all I do anymore! Been waiting over a year for Inkdeath to come out, waiting on book 3 of Here There Be Dragons, book 3 of Eragon,... and the list seems to go on and on!! I keep saying when these end up I will NOT start a series of books until they are all out!!! But of course I began Far World which will keep me waiting a long time! But I am really trying to NOT get into unfinished series anymore!

8:52 AM  

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