The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel



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The Secrets PDF/EPUB ã Irish born Michael Scott began writing over thirty years ago, and is one of Ireland's most successful The Alchemyst: ePUB Æ and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning avariety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Alchemyst: The Secrets Epub Û Fiction and Folklore He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty seven countries, in over twenty languagesPraised for his “unparalleled contribution.

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel
    The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel as the greatest Alchemyst of his day It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal lifeThe records show that he died in But his tomb is emptyThe legend: Nicholas Flamel lives But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage It's the most powerful book that has ever existed In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world That's exactly what Dr John Dee plans to do when he steals it Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know itSometimes legends are trueAnd Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series: The Alchemyst[STAR] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story A fabulous read”—School Library Journal, Starred  The Magician[STAR] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and welltimed revelations”—Kirkus Reveiws, Starred  The Sorceress“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his nowlarge cast in quick motion…This page –turner promises plenty of action to come”— Kirkus Reviews  The Necromancer“Unrelenting forward momentum…This book will thrill fans”— School Library Journal."/>
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  • 369 pages
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • Michael Scott
  • English
  • 27 September 2019
  • 9780385736008

10 thoughts on “The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel

  1. says:

    Dear Josh,
    let me start out with you. You could've been a really great kid but apparently, the author just couldn't make up his mind about you. One minute you're an ordinary kid who likes superheroes and doesn't do well in school and then you become this person who has a super computer and uber-nerdtastic knowledge? Whoa, big difference. I feel sorry for you. I really do. I get jealousy. I get envy. What I don't get is how you and Sophie never fight. Is it just that in those two days that I was extracted from my world and put into yours, siblings and constant fighting and all the things that go with brother and sister was recreated into this perfect world where it's mushy-gushy unconditional brotherly love and nothing else?
    Sincerely,
    Annoyed

    Dear Sophie,
    You're really annoying. I would like you if you stopped being you. You're quite the hopeless case.
    Sincerely,
    The Truth

    Dear Nicholas,
    You can go die in a hole and then come back to life and dissolve slowly in a pot of acid and then come back to life again to be slowly and maliciously tortured for eternity You should've never existed in the first place.
    Sincerely,
    Rightfully Angry

    Dear Pernelle,
    Why did you marry Nicholas?
    Sincerely,
    Confused

    Dear Scatty,
    You are pretty awesome. Still, you're 1,000 years old and still have the maturity level of a teenager. And I don't really get why you hang out with Nicholas.
    Sincerely,
    You Could Do Better

    Dear Dora,
    You remind me of my own grandmother.
    Sincerely,
    Impressed

    Dear Hekete,
    why the heck did you say yes to Nicholas and awake Sophie? I mean, where is your common sense? Don't you have any wisdom?
    Sincerely,
    Frustrated

    Dear John,
    You're supposed to be dead. Live with it.
    Sincerely,
    We're better off without you

    Dear Crow Goddess,
    you're so unimportant I don't remember your actually name. Crows are cool so I don't think you should ruin them for me. It's really selfish of the author to have him ruin crows.
    Sincerely,
    I know you're not to blame

    Dear Bastet,
    I liked you better as the Egyptian goddess.
    Sincerely,
    Go back where you belong.

    Dear crows,
    goddesses don't exist. Get that through your bird brain and live life.
    Sincerely,
    myths will be myths

    Dear cats,
    I love you guys. You're great. Keep doing you, sweetie. xoxo <3
    Sincerely,
    Proud mom

    Dear rats,
    The cats will eat you.
    Sincerely,
    Just saying

  2. says:

    2.0 stars. I did NOT like this book. The plot was derivative, the writing was passable AT BEST and the two teenage main characters annoyed me to the point of causing actual hair loss.
    pulling

    However, the book avoided the 1 star noose based solely on some crafty ideas and oh so unused potential that I will explore once I briefly explain the plot...which should not take long as we have all seen this tired old movie before.

    BRIEF TIRED OLD PLOT SUMMARY:

    Sophia and Josh (two VERYannoying kids)
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    work at a book store for a mysterious guy named Nick. Based on the title of the novel, I don't think I'm giving up state secrets by telling you that old Nicky is really the immortal Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel (NOTE TO AUTHOR: spelling Alchemyst with a y was really clever and not at all gimmicky or ham-handed).

    Well, Nick (or should I be all hipster and call him Nyck) has a very important book called the Codex that he has been safeguarding for many centuries until a bad guy, with a bunch of otherworldly baddies find Nick and steal the Codex from him. From there begins your oh my God not again, please not again, i have read this before a hundred times and don’t want to see it again or i may do something terrible to myself typical plot of: (a) explain the kindly gentlemen is really an immortal alchemist, (b) provide info dump on background of world, (c) kids discover their special (but special don't cure annoying laddies), (d) kids must find main bad guy or else will die, (e) fight some monsters, (f) kids seem to be wickedly smart and yet at times say some of the DUMBEST things imaginable
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    (f) group gets split up, (g) think hope is lost, (h) oh not quite yet, we have ONE chance, (i) more powerful monsters show up (j) powerful good guy protectors show up and join the quest, and finally (k) a big, special effects laden climax and a nice tidy ending with the plot wrapped up but with the basis for the next story introduced ...HUH?...THE BOOK JUST STOPS OUT OF THE BLUE...
    wtf ?

    SO WHY 2 STARS?

    Despite my general annoyance with the plot and the characters, I ended up deciding to give the book 2 stars rather than 1 because I REALLY LOVED THE WORLDBUILDING CONCEPT behind the book. What I mean is that the world created by Michael Scott was filled with some serious mega potential and felt unique and daisy fresh, despite his best efforts to muck it up. Now before anyone goes all Charlie Sheen on me screaming that Scott simply borrowed pieces of dozens, if not hundreds, of different stories and mashed them together, let me say that I would NOT disagree with that assessment at all. Calm down and take a valium. My point is that by bringing together so many different threads and assembling them as part of a unified world view, the end result was something that began to feel fresh and if, not unique, at least not old and worn. It was that whole sum greater than parts thing.

    For Example....minor spoiler about the world building aspects to follow... (view spoiler)[I loved the idea of a world existing before the dawn of human history. I also loved the concept of the Lovecraftian “Elder Gods” and the timing of their retrenchment at the beginning of the Iron Age. I loved the idea that all mythical and supernatural creatures of legend are descended from this “elder race” and that their histories can all be traced back to a common origin.  I liked that there are good and bad “elder gods” as that allows powerful alliances to be formed in later books. Finally, I like the concept of the “immortality” of humans like Flamel allowing historical figures from the past to be able to play a part in later books (as I believe Machiavelli does in the next volume). (hide spoiler)]

  3. says:

    Okay. I liked this book a lot more than most people who have written reviews. I feel that it's because I didn't go into it with many preconceived notions. I had hoped it would be related to Harry Potter, but when I realized it wasn't I moved on. I also didn't read the book because I was a huge fan of the real Flamel. If you read it for either of those reasons, you will most likely be disapointed.

    15 year-old twins Sophie and Josh have gotten summer jobs in San Franciso. Josh works at a bookstore, and Sophie works across the street. One day, a group of evil men come to attack Josh's boss, and it ends up that they are headed by the evil John Dee, Elizabeth I's spy, and that Josh's boss is none other than the immortal Nicholas Flamel.

    Before flattening the bookstore completely, John Dee and his henchmen steal a very old book, except for the last 2 pages, which Josh has a tight hold on. It ends up that the book is the secret to Nicholas Flamel's long LONG life, and that the last 2 pages are key, so now Josh's life is in danger, and Nicholas Flamel is aging before his eyes.

    Josh, Sophie, and Flamel flee the city, with Dee in pursuit, but they soon learn that there is more to the 2 of them, Josh and Sophie, than they have ever realized, that they are special, and perhaps Flamel is not being completely honest about his reasons for wanting them to accompany him on his journey.

    I felt a little confused why Nicholas Flamel couldn't make another stone, or whatever, to extend his life without the book that Dee took. You would think that he would have the method down pat during the last 600-so years.

    The book does something different with magic that I'd never read before, which is link it to the 5 senses. According to the book, the reason that the average person cannot do magic is because their senses are dulled, and when the magic starts happening, there are an amazing number of smells described.

    I did think the book did something dangerous, because it tied itself way too much to the present: ipod, wikipedia, Shrek, the new Spiderman. All of that is really going to date it in time. It did make good historical references, linking the story to events that happened in the past, like the potato famine, and the great fire in London. That somehow made the events in the story more believable and immediate. I also learned from the book, because the characters in it are ones I never have heard of before, like the Morrigan. It was cool that he worked, somewhat, with characters who already exist. I bet it would be easier to make them all up, but it was cool to see how they would all interact if they were together.

    Like Into the Woods, which I just reviewed, I think this book would make a really excellent movie, and in fact, some of the scenes would play out better in a movie than they did in the book. I would definitely see it. There is a sequel, which is coming out soon, and I'm going to read it. The ending leaves you with a cliffhanger, so I'm glad I didn't read it when there was a long wait 'til the next book.

  4. says:

    The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1), Michael Scott

    The Alchemyst is the first installment in the six volume fantasy novel series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. It was written by Irish author Michael Scott and published in May 2007.

    Sophie and Josh Newman are 15-year-old twins who are working at their summer jobs in The Coffee Cup in San Francisco (Sophie works at The Coffee Cup, Josh works at the bookstore on the other side of the street) when a mysterious man, John Dee, comes into the bookstore for a book, the Codex – or Book of Abraham the Mage. Josh witnesses both Nick and Perry using magic.

    He discovers that Nick is not an ordinary bookseller, but is the medieval and the legendary alchemist, Nicholas Flamel, being kept alive by making the elixir of life (a secret from the Codex) for him and his wife, Perenelle. Dee also uses magic and takes the Codex by force while Josh is holding it – resulting in two pages being left behind; The Final Summoning pages that Dee needs to raise the Dark Elders, the beings whom Dee serves, and who have kept him immortal for several hundred years.

    Both Flamels need the Codex to make the elixir of life, or they will age rapidly and die within a month. Also, if they do not retrieve the Codex, Dee will summon the Dark Elders to destroy the world and return to an age in which humans are but slaves and food. ...

    تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دهم ماه دسامبر سال 2011 میلادی

    عنوان: کیمیاگر - ششگانه اسرار نیکولاس فلامل جاودان - کتاب اول؛ نویسنده: مایکل اسکات؛ ترجمه پونه اشجع؛ تهران انتشارات بهنام‏‫، 1389؛ در 383ص؛ شابک 9789645668684؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ چاپ سوم 1394؛ چاپ چهارم 1396؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان ایرلندی - سده 21م

    شخصیت نخست کتاب «کیمیاگر»، شخصی به نام «نیکولاس فلامل» است. بر اساس آنچه در تاریخ آمده، «فلامل» در سال 1330میلادی در پاریس به دنیا آمد، و سالها به عنوان کاتب و کتابفروش، در آن شهر زندگی کرد. اما با خرید کتابی قدیمی به نام: «کتاب آبراهام دانشمند» مسیر زندگیش برای همیشه تغییر کرد. «نیکولاس» و همسرش «پرنل»، بیست سال تمام به امید یافتن کسیکه بتواند زبان مرموز کتاب را برایشان ترجمه کند، سرتاسر اروپا را زیر پا گذاشتند. هیچکس نمیداند در آن سفر طولانی چه بر آنها گذاشت، اما سرانجام با ثروتی هنگفت به پاریس بازگشتند؛ و قسمت اعظمی از ثروتشان را صرف کارهای خیریه ای مثل ساخت بیمارستان، کلیسا و یتیم خانه کردند. «نیکولاس» و «پرنل» هیچگاه راه به دست آوردن چنان ثروتی را بازگو نکردند؛ همین امر باعث قوت گرفتن شایعاتی شد؛ از جمله اینکه کیمیاگر راز ساخت سنگ جادو و تبدیل مس به طلا و همچنین رمز جاودانگی را کشف کرده است؛ این شایعات هرگز از طرف آن دو تایید و یا تکذیب نشد. در مورد سال مرگ «پرنل» اختلاف نظر وجود دارد، اما آنچه به یقین میتوان گفت این است که «پرنل» زودتر از «نیکولاس» از دنیا رفت؛ بر اساس آنچه در تاریخ آمده است، «فلامل» در سال 1418میلادی درگذشت؛ پس از مرگ کیمیاگر، خریداران خانه اش در جستجوی گنجی مدفون، ساختمان را زیر و رو کردند، اما چیزی نیافتند؛ پس از این رویداد جویندگان گنج دست به نبش قبر «نیکولاس» و «پرنل» زدند، و در کمال شگفتی متوجه شدند، که تابوت هر دو خالی است؛ در نظر مردم تنها دو توجیه برای این اتفاق وجود داشت: نخست اینکه جسد هر دو در آرامگاهی مخفی دفن شده باشد، و دیگر اینکه هیچ کدام نمرده باشند؛

    نقل نمونه متن: «من افسانه هستم! دست مرگ هرگز مرا نخواهد ربود. بیماری در من اثر نخواهد کرد. در چهره‌ ام بنگر، حدس زدن سنم کاری بس دشوار است، این در حالی است که در سال 1330میلادی، بیش از ششصد و هفتاد سال پیش به دنیا آمده‌ ام. در گذر سال‌ها، حرفه‌ های مختلف داشته‌ ام: پزشک، آشپز، کتاب‌فروش، سرباز، آموزگار زبان و شیمی، هم دزد و هم مأمور قانون، اما پیش از همه‌ ی این‌ها کیمیاگر بوده‌ ام: نخستین کیمیاگر. از من به عنوان برترین کیمیاگر تاریخ یاد میشد. پادشاهان، شاهزاده ها، امپراطورها و حتی شخص پاپ، همه و همه به دنبال من بودند. من توانایی تبدیل فلزات بی ارزش به طلا را داشتم؛ میتوانستم سنگهای معمولی را به جواهرات گرانبها تبدیل کنم؛ اما از همه ی اینها مهمتر، از دل کتاب جادوی کهن، راز زندگی جاودان را کشف کردم. اکنون همسرم، پرنل، و کتاب ربوده شده اند. بدون وجود کتاب، من و او پیر خواهیم شد. به تدریج تحلیل میرویم و سرانجام وقتی که ماه کامل شود، خواهیم مرد. با مرگ ما، اهریمنی که سالهای سال در برابرش جنگیده ایم، سرانجام به پیروزی خواهد رسید. نسل باستان، بار دیگر زمین را تحت سلطه ی خود خواهد گرفت، و انسانیت را از چهره ی زمین خواهد زدود. اما من به سادگی تسلیم نخواهم شد. چرا که من نیکولاس فلامل جاودانم. پنج شنبه، 31 می، سانفرانسیسکو، برگرفته از دفتر خاطرات نیکولاس فلامل کیمیاگر»؛ پایان نقل از متن

    تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 22/03/1399هجری خورشیدی ا. شربیانی

  5. says:

    Complete 5 Golden Stars

    RTC after next re-read (probably in 2020)

    kind of a general review about the whole series I guess:

    for the start of a new series, this book was absolutely interesting. Exciting, mysterious plot, making questions in our minds along with protagonists, lovable characters, Magic (with a such a unique system, I actually didn't know I needed to read this before seeing it in this series) in our world.
    Now I'm thinking, this series, kind of reminded me of the Librarians tv show (or that show reminded me of this series, if I want to say it chronologically creation of both & me meeting them. but as I was writing it (& I recently finished binge watching the show) the idea just strike me.) because we see many ancient famous characters during this series (duh, the bold example is Nicholas Flamel himself) mythological characters or historical real people.

    it was recommended years ago by the nice librarian who knew me well & I'm so glad he did that.

    ✦ a mixture of Greek, Norse & Egyptian myths plus some real historical characters, & magic in our modern world, mysteries & exciting chasing & escaping & adventures & travels is the inseparable part of this plot.

    I love Josh (why are you even surprised? I always fall for the main male character XD) & his character development through this series was awesome, & one of a kind!
    I mostly liked the villains in this book too, they were interesting, cool & charismatic! even sometimes I was wondering maybe we are (with the protagonists) at the wrong side of the story (you know, I wondered maybe the dark side is not actually the bad ones?) & I never asked this question much. (only here & in Pendragon series)
    a confusing strong plot with mysteries & thrills, you don't know where is up or down after drowning in this series!

    such a must read for a mythology lover, regardless of the age. It categorized as a Middle Grade (probably because main characters' age) but it's mature, serious & captivating, adventurous & interesting, something like Percy Jackson, & even if it is, it's a one of the best. I read it in my late teen years & loved it.
    also interesting choices for the titles which made me think who'd been referring to.

    my 4th series in top fav series.
    it's worth reading!
    definitely!

    also gorgeous covers!

  6. says:

    This book was awful. So awful, it warrants me actually putting in a review.

    First of all, there isn't enough Nicholas Flamel. There is far too much of the twins that kind of become Nic's apprentices, and attatches way too much teenage exposition to them. And we don't need the two of them mentioning that their parents are archaeologists every other page. We got it the first time. Move on. And even if their parents are archaeologists, they're not necessarily going to know as much about it as they seem too. When you're 15, you try to stay away from your parents as much as possible. And there seriously didn't need to be as much name dropping around the character of Josh (I swear to God, whenever the story was from his perspective, there was always a name dropped of a movie or a video game, and there was always mention of his laptop, his cell phone, and that he had been on the football team). And the repetition of the name dropping, or them mentioning their parent's profession, was enough to make you put a gun barrel in your mouth. It felt way too forced. Too much like he was trying to be all, Look!! I'm one of you!!

    He turned a potentially kick-ass 2 1/2 thousand year old vampire into a lame teenager. Not a cool one, something you might have imagined Bill and Charlie Weasly being. No, she was lame ... and just happened to be able to kick ass ... cuz she was a vampire.

    And some of the other gods could've been completely awesome (like Morrígan) ... but they came off kind of lame, without any real power, and seemingly easily manipulated.

    Scott really could've done something awesome with this, if he had decided to do a kick ass Sword & Sorcery story (a la Highlander: The Series). Instead, it felt more like a teenager's attempt at High Fantasy (::cough::Eldest (Inheritance, Book 2)::cough::), and not a very good one at that. And seriously, mentioning LotR at the beginning of your book, does not a High Fantasy make. Nor does having something that's the equivalent of the Force, a good fantasy make.

  7. says:

    I'll try to be fair here, this is a YA book and it comes in telling us it's going to play with historical and mythological figures....and play it does. I found the book annoying and wonder at the damage we're doing to our youths and their knowledge of mythology, what we can learn from mythology, from the archetypal characters, thoughts, and ideas they contain.

    Okay, part of rant over. There are different types of YA books. Some are more yA while others are more Ya. This is in style and execution more of a Ya book with emphasis on the Young rather than the adult. With it's repetitive story telling (asking something and then farther on asking it again, and again especially by the boy was a sort of constant). Then however, along with the juvenile storytelling you get attempts at semi-adult content that doesn't really work.



    (view spoiler)[What annoyed me so much? Well, I happen to have a special feeling for the Cú Chulainn legend.... I'm not sure how good it is for youths to learn/be told that Scáthach is a vampire. (I know vampires are ubiquitous now... but a mythical Celtic hero, trainer of Cú Chulainn? making her a teenage vampire, I shudder even now) Shall I go on? The kids are annoying... mom and dad are archeologists (believe me I know this because...as noted before repetition, they just kept telling us over and over). The kids, the twins apparently know quite a bit about this subject, they retained it seems everything ever uttered about it along with a few other subjects, but apparently not much else. Well, of course somehow occasionally one of them (especially the young lady) seems to show odd flashes of almost encyclopedic knowledge of some things. We are told (again over and over) about the electronic devices they depend on (especially the young man). They apparently learned everything they know from movies, video games, and maybe their downloaded music. Maybe had they bothered to download a couple of books? These two drove me crazy... they couldn't find electrical outlets in the world tree, and it flummoxed them... okay. (hide spoiler)]

  8. says:

    Quick review on this one: Oh how this book conflicted me so. On the one hand, I really enjoyed the story and the characters but ultimately the shoe-horning of SO MANY historical events and figures into the story just curbed my enjoyment of it. I get what the author was trying to do. Flamel was a real person who supposedly discovered the secret to immortality but the cramming in of all of the historical figures that he encountered along the way as well as the significant historical events just killed it. Could have been so much better but as it is...just average.

  9. says:

    I enjoyed The Alchemyst more than I thought I would. It didn't sweep me away with the must finish this book now feeling, but I also was never bored. Fans of Harry Potter, Fablehaven, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books, and even The Da Vinci Code will find interesting connections and similarities here. And yet Scott manages to bring something just a bit new to the table as well. I was interested to learn that many of the main characters (Nicholas Flamel, Perenelle Flamel, and Dr. John Dee) were actually real people and much of what is told as their back story is actually known about them. Other characters in the book come from mythology and folklore. Only the twins, Josh and Sophie Newman, are the author's own creation.

    I was also interested in the use of modern gadgets, especially in the beginning. Mostly the modern gadgets such as an iPod, texting on a cell phone, and googling for information via a laptop are used to give background information to the reader while showing that these kids are modern teens - although at one point even one of the Elders uses a cell phone. As the story progresses, though, the gadgets are left behind.

    I wouldn't rank this as one of my all-time favorite fantasy stories - even if I'm just limiting to books I've read this year. But I did enjoy it and will certainly read the sequels as I get a chance. If we had half stars, I would give this 3.5.

  10. says:

    REMEMBER: This is Fantasy. Welcome.

    I experienced a world that was filled with ancient characters (both good and evil), strange creatures, and wonderfully described scenes with TONS of detail.

    I met twins, a boy and girl, with pure auras who possess magical powers that once awakened will change the world. A 600-year-old alchemyst who performs magic and when doing so the air around smelled like mint. His wife (possibly the same age) is magical in different ways and befriends ghosts. A 2,000 and a half-year-old Warrior who's also a vegetarian vampire. An evil man about 400-years-old creating mud people and zombies to do his evil bidding as he abides to evil that's far greater than his own. I saw creatures from legend, myth, and nightmares. Along the way many well known faces from history pop in and out of the storyline. I heard mention of Joan of Arc, King Tutankhamen, and Queen Elizabeth I, just to name a few.

    This story sounds almost unbelievable, right? OK, so maybe all these myths that are intricately mixed into real life can be overwhelming, although it works for me. I love this stuff. How could such a vast amount of information be put into a story and actually make sense? I don't know but it does. And it was easy to understand, take in, and digest as long as I continued to pay attention. It was clever. It was delicious.

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