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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:55 am
by Rowan
Anyone who has read the Harry Potter series will be familiar with the name Nicholas Flamel, if only in a periferal sense.

In real life, Nicholas Flamel was neither a philosopher nor a sorcerer, but in this series of books for young teens, he is portrayed as an immortal and an alchemyst.

So far, the series contains only three books: The Alchemyst, The Magician and The Sorceress. According to author Michael Scott's website, three more will complete the series: The Necromancer, The Warlock and The Enchantress. As mentioned above, this book series is for young teens, probably in the 11 to 15 range, though at 37 I've enjoyed them quite a lot. ;)

Quite honestly, I don't recall how I stumbled across the first book in the series, but once I read it, I was hooked. Of course, when I bought it, the second and third books were yet to be published. :-({|= But I have since bought the second and third books, in the middle of The Sorceress now.

I have enjoyed this series mostly because it features both historical figures (my other reading pleasures are historical fiction) such as Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle, who lived in the 14th century, and Dr. John Dee, who was one of Queen Elizabeth's personal advisors annnnnd William Shakespeare. But the story also contains figures more familiar to the pagan world - such as Hekate, Bastet and Scathach. I've also learned of people I'd never heard of before, like Palamedes the Saracen Knight who supposedly fought with King Arthur after converting to Christianity.

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2009 6:40 pm
by Willow
Ha, I read the first one at my friends house, finished it in a few hours, it was fun. I thought the Hekate part was definitely interesting.

If you like that but want something aimed more at adults, the Fionvar (sp?) tapestry by Guy Gavriel Kay is amazing, and the tone of that series reminded me of this one, only with much more lyrical writing and more intricate plots.

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:29 am
by Rowan
For some reason when it comes to fantasies, I prefer this age group. :P

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:22 am
by Willow
Have your ead Tamora Pierce at all? I liked her books, they are more aimed at girls, but I think guys could like them too (taking a stab at your gender here)

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:37 pm
by Rowan
I just realised that my gender isn't listed anywhere on my profile. LOL I'm a 37-year old femme fatale... errr... female. :-D

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:10 am
by Willow
Definitely get some Tamora Pierce then! It's some good stuff, I really like the trickster's choice and trickster's queen books.

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 7:47 am
by Rowan
I'll add them to my list if I can find the end of it... :sunny: :study:

Re: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:04 am
by Willow
My list is really more of an ever-growing pile, I figure I just get the books and will read them as the desire hits me and as I have time.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Posted: Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:10 pm
by S├Čle
I am currently reading another series by Michael Scott, Tales of the Bard. I have just finished Book 1: Magician's Law and am looking forward to obtaining the second book and reading that.