Book: The Alchemyst

Author: Michael Scott

Rating: 4.5/5

The Alchemyst-Michael Scott

Josh and Sadie Newman are two 15-year old twins from San Francisco. Sadie works at a coffee shop, and Josh works at the bookstore across from the coffee shop. You could say they live a normal teenage life. Until one day a mysterious man by the name of John Dee enters the bookshop looking for a book called the Codex (aka The Book of Abraham). Nicholas and Perry Flamel, the shop owners, won’t give the book to John Dee, and start using magic in front of Josh’s eyes. John ends up taking Perry hostage and the Codex, while forcing Josh and Nicholas are forced to retreat to safety. Josh couldn’t leave Sadie behind, so he decides to take her with them. Sadie and Josh are of course quite confused on to what just happened, so they decide to ask Nick what just happened. It turns out that Nicholas Flamel is actually an ancient alchemist from medieval times, being kept alive by a potion from the codex. Nick takes the two twins to the home of Hekate so that she could awaken their magic abilities. If they don’t retrieve the Codex, Nicholas and Perry will die and John will re-summon the dark elders.

Social/Historical context:

Nicholas and Perry Flamel both don’t belong in this time. They are both alchemists from medieval times, being kept alive by the potion of life from the Codex. Each person has his or her own aura. What makes Sadie and Josh so special is that Josh has a gold aura and Sadie has a silver aura. The prophecy says: “...the immortal must train the mortal”. And that “the two that are one must become the one that is all”. Nicholas believes that he is the immortal and Josh and Sadie are the twins of legend. The moral of the story is: Don’t be afraid to fail. If the characters didn’t take risks, the story would have ended, and they would all die.

Writing Style:

This book was very well written, thorough, and well detailed. Michael Scott uses a plethora of detail very effectively. He keeps you in suspense wondering what’s going to happen next. The point of view is third person omniscient, which suits the book well; because the detail during fights and action scene’s make you feel like you’re actually there in the room. The sentences within the book are written so well, never getting off topic. All of the sentences are full of engaging vocabulary that keeps you reading more and more.

My Thoughts:

Personally, I found that this was one of the best books of its genre. All of the action sections were so well written, I couldn’t stop reading this book. The sentences so rich with detail and vocabulary, that it kept me engaged throughout the story. Even though this book was amazing, I feel that at certain points of the story was rushed or a bit vague. Overall I think this was an amazing book. It was written superbly. I would give this book a 4.5/5. I would recommend this book to people of all ages. Overall, this book was brilliant in all aspects, I don’t think it could be written any better; read this book!

Book Reviewed By Tyler Yen

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