Book Blog - THE ALCHEMYST by Michael Scott

Today, I’m going to post about one of my favorite Middle Grade series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

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 story is for anybody who loves Harry Potter (okay, that’s everybody) and Artemis Fowl (that’s everybody too…if not, it means you haven’t read them yet). In brief: these books are AWESOME.

It’s a series of five (soon to be more) that deals with sibling rivalry, maturity, and sacrifice. Calling it fast-paced would be grossly understated. With Michael Scott’s British wit, we battle and befriend gods from the world’s mythology (Norse, Egyptian, Native America…not just the all-to-familiar Greeks). We adventure with some of history’s great characters including Billy The Kid, Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, and King Gilgamesh. In addition, we explore a fictional world as large, fun, and complex as Hogwarts.

The best part (besides the author’s name): The sixth arrives November 2012…which is also the worst part because it’s SOOO far away.

Anyhow, if you need a last minute something for that avid reader in your life (including yourself) or those post Xmas gift cards start burning a hole in your wallet, head straight for the S’s.

Before you head up to the X in the corner, let me say one thing on behalf of all The Muses: Have a wonderful holiday. Y’all have made this year incredibly special us. We can’t wait to see what 2012’s got in store for everyone.

(other than the whole Apocalypse thing…that can wait).


Ditto what Bret says here! Your comments and enthusiasm and support have made this year truly amazing, and I look forward to spending 2012 with you, too!

Maybe I'll give this series another try. I had a hard time with a character who, looking to plus in his iPod or whatever, was surprised and disappointed to find no electrical outlets inside Yggdrasil. Really?

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