Reviews for Sorceress

AudioFile Web Reviews
Paul Boehmer narrates a complicated contemporary fantasy with crisp precision. Despite a large cast of characters, this third story of Sophie and Josh's partnership with Nicholas Flamel against dark forces is easy to follow. Indeed, Boehmer's strength is his rich repertoire of characterizations and accents, ranging from the calculating John Dee to the reedy-voiced ghosts of Alcatraz. However, Boehmer struggles to give direction to a long, action-packed text that is decidedly nonlinear. This adventure-driven story would benefit from a quicker, more dramatic narration, even though Boehmer's calm style lends itself to clarity. Greater animation in the recording would make us connect more with the characters and their epic dilemma. Still, this skillful, if dry, audio will please listeners of the previous two titles. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 October

Gr 6-9--In this fast-paced, complex, character-heavy follow-up (2009) to Michael Scott's The Alchemyst (2007) and The Magician (2008, all Delacorte; Listening Library), teen twins of prophecy Sophie and Josh and the immortal Nicolas Flamel have fled the ruins of Paris for London with John Dee and the Dark Elders on their heels. Flamel's wife, the powerful sorceress Perenelle, is still trapped on Alcatraz and finds herself fighting for her life against a host of poisonous insects and terrifying monsters. Several well-known historical figures join both sides of the fight in this episode, including William Shakespeare and Billy the Kid. Paul Boehmer does a noteworthy job of providing a unique voice for each member of the large cast. His voices for the monsters, the centuries-old Flamels, and the contemporary twins are all convincing. The break-neck speed of the action and the constant jumping from one continent to another requires a really skilled narrator, and Boehmer manages the task with ease. A terrific listen, especially for fans of this continuing series.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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