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The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Book - 2007
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While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Publisher: New York :, Delacorte Press,, [2007]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780385733571
Branch Call Number: Y FIC SCOT
Characteristics: 375 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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15-year-old twins find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists over the possession of an ancient book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life. First in a 6-part series.

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Feb 22, 2021

this book is one of my favourites and every book in this series is just utterly amazing.

Nov 21, 2020

I suppose if you like magic, myths, and legends you would probably like this series such as I did. It really is interesting, the myths and legends in the story kinda add to the story well they are the story but still, it just adds this appeal to it that makes it more fun to read.

I thought I'd like this book but to be honest it was pretty dull.

Sep 29, 2020

I was encouraged to read this by some of my colleagues, but doubted that I would like it. I was wrong. The story was about twin brother and sister Josh and Sophie who accidentally stumble on a magical battle occurring between Nicholas Flamel and Dr. John Dee. Nicholas's wife is kidnapped by Dee. What follows is a series of events and the appearance of several characters all based in some form of international mythology. Josh and Sophie find themselves playing a large roll due to the fact that they are the magical twins whose coming was foretold in a prophecy. Along with Flamel's wife, Dee manages to steal the Codex or magic book that he will use to bring forth the end of the human world allowing the Dark Elders to return to rule the planet forcing humans to be slaves or food. I enjoyed the pacing of this story and the ability of the author to incorporate so much mythology from all around the world. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, The Magician.

Jan 04, 2020

This book begins with an explosion (literally) when the quaint, and normally quiet bookshop where 16-year-old Josh Newman works, becomes the centre of a magical battlefield. Dr. John Dee uses his mystical powers to steal an ancient book of magic (The Codex) from shop owner Nick Fleming (a.k.a. Nicholas Flamel). Josh and his twin Sophie are pulled into a whirlwind of magic, lies, and deceit that leaves them unsure their lives will ever be the same. This book had me under its spell from the first chapter. Witches, Vampires, Ancient Gods, and even William Shakespeare make appearances throughout this six-book series. I liked how the book focuses on a different character which is referenced in the book's title: The Alchemist, The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock, and the Enchantress. It allowed you to really get into the character's head, and find out more about them. I found myself sympathizing with villains and asking myself how I would handle the difficult situations they face. This book is great for unlocking the imagination of young readers!

Sep 23, 2018

I can accept people going into hiding under ALMOST THEIR EXACT NAMES and murdercrow mobs (ain’t that already how it be). What I cannot accept is Scathach being single. She lives in San Francisco. Buff, short hair, freckles, combat boots, good with sword. I’m not saying she would go looking for a girlfriend, I’m saying she would definitely wind up with one. Most unbelievable part of this series tbh.

Jun 29, 2017

I really enjoyed this series and did not review the first book until I finished the series. It is a very good series. The first book is not the strongest as there is a bit of set up and introduction to the various magics and mythologies in the series. I recommend reading the series as a whole and doing so with as little time between books as possible. That is the best way to enjoy it. It is not an episodic series but rather a single long story.
There are quite a few character names that my be unfamiliar to younger readers and many of them will be hard to pronounce. I recommend the audio book version for anyone who struggles with unusual or hard to pronounce names.

Jan 30, 2017

This was such a boring book. So slow.... It was hard to get into. I made it through 10 or 11 chapters before giving up. I actually read the last couple of chapters as well just to see if it got any better before giving up altogether, it did not. I was not a fan of the writing, the characters or the story line. I thought it would be more like Harry Potter and it was not even close. If you think it will be like Harry Potter don't bother reading it.

Dec 07, 2016! I love mythology and it was really cool that the author combined all the gods and goddesses into one book as the Elder Race. Very imaginative and highly researched. I know a whole bunch about mythology but found myself learning things I never even new. Quite original. The plotline kept me in suspense and now I will read the whole series. I loved the spin on were creatures and the Yggdrasil. One of the best books I have read so far.

Sep 08, 2016

This is the less famous, better book also titled ‘The Alchemyst”. Although the actual writing isn’t anything too extraordinary, the fantasy and magic of this book (and the entire series, really) never cease to be amazing. Much like the Harry Potter series, this book leaves you lost in a world of magic, horror, and just fantastic child-like imaginative storytelling and magic. Did I mention magic? This series truly is magical, and is one of the best fantasy series out there. It is unabashedly written for you, the reader, to be wowed by cool stuff, and if you just want to read about cool stuff, this is a cool book, full of fun, cool stuff. - @FalcoLombardi of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Jul 19, 2016

Life was normal for twin brother and sister Sophie and Josh Newman until the bookstore that Josh worked at was attacked by an evil mage. Now the world that they knew has been turned upside-down. This pair goes on an incredible adventure joined by the "immortal" alchemist Nicholas Flamel. The team must save Nicholas' wife, the world, retrieve an ancient spell book, and fulfill an age-old prophecy. Between secrets, lies, and an newly rediscovered magical world, the twins must decide which side has the real heroes.

Jul 09, 2012

This book is about two fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie, and Josh, who are suddenly thrust into a magical world they know nothing about. Suddenly they are told that they are the ones who fulfill the prophecy, and that there is somebody named John Dee, an alchemist, who will stop at nothing to prevent the prophecy from happening. Luckily, they have one person on their side...Nicholas Flamel and his wife support the twins, while they go through a rollercoaster of problems, all because of a prophecy and a book. An ancient book that holds the secret formulas for eternal life.

orr1994 Jul 03, 2012

this book talks about 2 twin who discover the truth about magic


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Jun 24, 2013

"No, you're not," he said very quietly, his french accent suddenly pronounced."You are the prisoners of circumstance, of coincidence and chance... if you believe in such things." - Nicholas Flamel, Page 196


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