Reviews for Alchemyst : The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: Library Edition

AudioFile Reviews 2007 December/January 2008
Nicholas Flamel, legendary alchemist of the Middle Ages, recently noted in THE DA VINCI CODE and HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE, plays a central role in this tale of myth and fantasy. Flamel enlists teenage twins Sophie and Josh to help him fight the evil Dr. John Dee, who not only kidnaps Nicholas's wife, but also steals an ancient Codex from a San Francisco bookshop. Narrator Denis O'Hare keeps his pace in sync with the fast-paced plot. He handles various accents with ease, giving character and personality to the story's mythological creatures. This title may prove to be especially popular as it is intended to be the first in a series and may be headed to the silver screen. M.H.N. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 September

Gr 6-9-- Medieval alchemist Nicholas Flamel resides in modern day San Francisco as an antique bookseller, but his quiet life is turned upside down when the evil sorcerer, John Dee, arrives with his golem henchmen to abduct Flamel's wife and to steal a powerful tome, the Book of Abraham the M age. Teen twins Sophie and Josh, caught in the magical crossfire, accompany Flamel and are introduced to a mystical world of adventure neither can imagine. Michael Scott's novel (Delacorte, 2007) comes to life in this audio presentation. Narrator Denis O'Hare expertly shifts between exotic accents and conveys the urgency in the many action scenes. This title will have wide appeal to fans of fantasy literature and those interested in Medieval history, and it has enough action to hold the interest of reluctant readers. A few pop culture references will date it. Listeners will be enthralled.--Ryan Henry, Daviess County Public Library, Owensboro, KY

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