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The series "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" is probably the next Harry Potter. Taking historical characters, Michael Scott writes an interesting story of two twins, Josh and Sophie, who take different paths as predicted by Abraham the Mage, the writer of a codex that contains all the secrets of the world. If you expect historical accuracy, then this book might irritate you, especially Scott's knowledge of early human history (Sumerian and Greek history falls short. I also don't know what to think about the witch of Endor. Scott may use historical figures, but definitely not in character as discribed in early sources.) However, if you are ready for an interesting adventure with some New Age/ eastern religious concepts binding fun, adventure and expectation together, you might just like this series. One thing I find irritating of Scott's writing style is his repetition of certain ideas almost ad infinitum, as if someone is going to jump in at the last book and not listen or read the others, or as if you are putting the book aside to read for two or three years, just to pick is up and read it again. I am not sure if young people has such a short memory span, though I think that might be an insult. Yet, when you travel with Josh and Sophie up to this point where even their aunt doesn't seem to be who she was all along and time travel brings a new dimension to the story, you would be interested in how it is going to end. I recommend this book for its fun and adventure but not for its historicity and sometimes sloppish writing.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Book five brings many changes and pieces of information to the immense puzzle. The role of the fifth book is to setup the sixth, which it does extraordinarily well. The best part of this book is how many of the loose ends are now becoming woven tighter and more directionally to a conclusion. Although by the last page, you may have some hypotheses about where things are going, I think there are many different possibilities that you cannot discount. On to the sixth and last novel – the final battle is coming.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
We have listened to this whole series and the books have become more and more convoluted as the series has proceeded. The books have progressively lost the storyline among many details, which are sometimes interesting, but cause the latter books to plod along with no real edge. This series is basically okay, but it is time the author tied things up and started something new.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Brilliant addition to the collection and love how it links historical figures in history throughout the story. cannot wait for the next book.