Reviews for Warlock : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Booklist Reviews 2011 July #1
It's almost over, isn't it? After all, Nicholas Flamel is dying, and Perenelle will soon follow. Dr. John Dee has stolen the Codex, the twins Josh and Sophie have been alienated from each other, the Shadowrealms are crumbling, and Dee plans to destroy the world. Readers of the intelligent, complex series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel will be delighted that folklorist and mythologist Scott still has plenty of plot twists and magic in store. Replete with familiar and new characters and even a trip back to Danu Talis, this next-to-last installment will not disappoint. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
In this fifth book, Josh, going against his twin Sophie, has chosen sides with wicked Dr. Dee. The action-driven installment relies heavily on prior knowledge of the series and of the historical figures it has introduced (sometimes to the detriment of character development). Fans of the series will appreciate this adventure's shifting alliances and surprise twists. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2011 September
Gr 7 Up--Michael Scott delivers the next exciting, action-packed installment (Delacorte, 2011) in what will likely rank among the most noteworthy of modern fantasy series. The fate of the known world hangs in delicate balance, and time is fast running out. As creatures of nightmare threaten San Francisco, Sophie and Josh, the silver and gold twins of ancient prophecy, consider whether they have pledged alliances to the right sides. Dr. John Dee has gone utlaga (rogue), making him potentially more dangerous. But can the Flamels be trusted? No one is who they claim to be, and there are some big surprises in store--including the true identities of the twins' parents and elderly aunt. Meanwhile, Scatty and Joan of Arc, having traveled back in time to ensure the fall of Danu Talis, are being held captive in an impenetrable volcanic prison from which not even The Shadow can escape. The world may be doomed. This edge-of-the-seat adventure is brought to vivid life by Paul Boehmer. Through the use of distinct accents and inflections, he remarkably portrays characters male and female, mortal and immortal, historical and mythological. The cliffhanger ending will have fans of the series anxiously anticipating the final installment. A must have.--Alissa LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI [Page 73]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
VOYA Reviews 2011 August
In this fifth installment of the Nicholas Flamel series, twins Sophie and Josh are pitted against each other in an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil. At stake is the future of the human race. Josh has gone over to the dark side and is now in thrall to infamous villain Dr. John Dee and his accomplice, the seductive Virginia Dare. Sophie continues to be loyal to the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but she is uneasy at how she is now forced to confront her beloved twin brother. The novel also takes us back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, Danu Talis, where the beginning of the conflict began. That is where the forces of good must destroy Danu Talis, preventing the subsequent events that lead inexorably to the end of the planet Scott has infused new vigor into this installment of his popular adventure series. The conflict between the twins adds tension to an action-packed plot. As always, the host of mythological creatures is somewhat dizzying, but they add to the fun and excitement of the plot. The time-travel subplot taking the characters back to Atlantis is skillfully done and highly enjoyable. Because of the conflict between the twins, these characters seem more developed than in previous installments. The short and highly descriptive sentences propel the reader and complement the rip-roaring pace of the plot. Teens who already enjoy this series will be delighted with this latest installment. Pair this series with Rick Riordan's highly popular mythological fantasy novels.--Jan ChapmanThe Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel held this reviewer's attention because of the exciting and detailed adventure throughout the entire book. The language and writing style are very descriptive and interesting to read. This book appeals to people who have an interest in historical fiction or mythology. It includes many different characters from history and myths, which really helps connect the story to the outside world. The Warlock combines enjoyment and learning into one awesome package.4Q, 4P.--Anubhuti Kumar, Teen Reviewer 5Q 4P M J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.