Sunday, 11 November 2012

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

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The 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 it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

This book came as a pretty pleasant surprise since none of the reviews I had read had prepared me for the book. A mix of all mythology and legendary stories, Michael Scott makes you pick up the book by appealing to an alchemist. Yes the very one who can turn metal to gold and can brew the Elixir of Life. DO NOT try to think of him as from Paulo Coelho's master piece. Nicolas Flamel is of a more...magical? type.

 The protagonists, twins :Sophie and Josh , however do not fit the bill in any way. They just love each other a little too much, their parents seem to care about them a little too less and they are simply not engaging or enchanting characters.

Take Josh. he is impulsive , suspicious and has little control over his tongue. Sophie's thought process runs the same way as her brother but she hardly ever does any thing at all. Here ends the depth of characters, constantly their love for each other is mentioned and that they have learnt to depend on each other. Other than that there is a hardly any great show of faith in each other and they hardly display any emotions. Only Josh's emotions are shown and those too only revolve around anger, mistrust and later jealousy.

But here end all my misgivings about the book. the idea behind the book is pretty awesome as it must have been difficult combining so many myths, tales,legends and folk stories together. 

Dr. John Dee, the villain, is one of the most powerful, cunning and devious ones that I have come across in a long time. He is a different sort all together, convincing me that it will be hard to defeat him especially since he possess Excalibur and immense magical abilities without seemingly exhausting his aura at all.

Overall Analysis:
Despite all my misgivings, the idea behind the book is pretty awesome as it must have been difficult combining so many myths, tales,legends and folk stories together. Fast-paced and action packed, Michael Scott's masterpiece  grips the reader like never before.

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