Reviews for Necromancer
Booklist Reviews 2010 July #1
In this continuation of noted mythologist Scott's Nicholas Flamel series, Awakened twins Sophie and Josh join a quickly aging Nicholas and Perenelle in a fight to save the world from menacing creatures housed on Alcatraz. Fantastical parallel story lines include characters drawn from history and the literary canon, including Prometheus, Billy the Kid, William Shakespeare, the Witch of Endor, Machiavelli, and Virginia Dare. Less-familiar mythological characters and creatures will send readers to the Internet as they try to keep up with the exciting action. The surprising, disturbing ending reassures readers that Nicholas Flamel will return. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Josh and Sophie finally return home, having gained some mastery over their recently awakened magical powers. Meanwhile, Nicholas must try to gain back the twins' trust. Though the plot continues to drive its characters, the story line following the twins is engaging and the blending of historical people and mythology continues to be an entertaining signature of this series. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August
Gr 6-10--Nicholas Flamel is dying, and the spell from the Codex that renews his immortality is in the possession of the evil John Dee. Reunited with his wife, Perenelle, Flamel hopes to use his remaining power to prevent the monsters now on the island of Alcatraz from escaping. Meanwhile, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid have come to San Francisco to achieve the opposite, releasing the monsters to destroy the city. Twins Sophie and Josh are also back in San Francisco, where Sophie is kidnapped by Aoife, the twin sister of Scathach, the Celtic warrior who had been protecting them. Josh is beginning to doubt whether he is on the right side of things. John Dee is now persona non grata with the Dark Elders, having failed to capture the siblings in London. Trying to escape his inevitable judgment, Dee teams up with Virginia Dare to find his way to Josh so that he can train him as a Necromancer. With this power, Josh can raise Coatlicue, the Mother of All the Gods, from the dead, and thus allow Dee to take over the world himself. Depending on one's point of view, all of these plot elements can either be disconcerting or can serve to create a sense of unrelenting forward momentum, taking readers breathlessly through to the end. The end in this case is a huge cliff-hanger, carrying with it an enormous sense of melancholy and moral ambiguity. This book will thrill fans of the series who are willing to stick with it to the conclusion.--Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO [Page 112]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2010 December
Gr 7-10--In the fourth book (Delacorte, 2010) of Michael Scott's fantasy series, twins Josh and Sophie Newman are asked to exercise some of their newly awakened magical skills to help stop the nefarious Dr. John Dee from loosing the evil creatures housed on Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco. While the story is fabulous, weaving in characters from history, mythology, and fantasy (Joan of Arc, Niccolò Machiavelli, William Shakespeare, Billy the Kid, etc.), it doesn't really stand alone. The world that Scott has created is tightly woven and extremely complex. The story's action takes place over just a couple of days, but it manages to span countries, times, and dimensions. Paul Boehmer does a brilliant job of performing an overwhelming number of characters, giving each one a distinct voice. An excellent addition for libraries circulating the first three titles. Fans will not be disappointed.--Genevieve Gallagher. Charlottesville High School, VA [Page 68]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2010 August
In this fourth installment of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, Scott continues the story of Josh and Sophie Newman, twins with magical powers that hold the key to the survival of humanity. It's the basic "good guys vs. bad guys" scenario, but things become complicated when the twins realize that the magician, Nicholas Flamel, who has heretofore been their mentor, may be manipulating them for his own purposes. The twins also begin to comprehend that the line between good and evil is often blurred, calling into question their own motivations. Their main foe, the villainous Dr. John Dee, hopes to use necromancy to raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead in a desperate bid to save himself and control the world. As always, it is up to the twins, along with an assortment of supernatural allies, to stop him This popular fantasy series, although entertaining, suffers from "kitchen sink" syndrome in its plot and characters. There are enough plot twists for two novels and the plethora of characters/supernatural beings can be confusing. As a result, towards the end of the novel, the story begins to sink under its own weight. This will not deter many readers, though, or fans of this series, who have grown used to the excess of riches. Scott ends the novel with the promise of another book in the series. One hopes that the emphasis will be on continuing to explore the growth of Sophie and Josh, even if that means sacrificing a monster or two.--Jan Chapman 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.