I said I was focusing on reading for pleasure this month, which is about the only thing I can do to relax at the moment, and I don’t get a lot of time to do that. I also said I was a slow reader, so it is no surprise that I have only finished one book.
Still it was a good book and I enjoyed it immensely.
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott, was the story of twins, brother and sister, who get caught in the middle of an ancient feud between Nicolas Flamel and Doctor John Dee over an ancient, magical book that contains the secret of life. Once involved they cannot be left unprotected as innocent bystanders in this mess, but Nicholas Flamel quickly discovers that they are so much more. They are twins of a prophecy, ones that may help to protect and restore our world or destroy it all together, or both…depending on how you read the prophecy.
Now with one twin on the verge of discovering the secrets of the magic within all of us and the other fighting to reconcile two versions of the truth which may lead to the world’s destruction choices must be made. Casualties of mythological and historical proportions have been made on the side of good and evil in this story that weaves together those kernels of truth behind every myth and legend as well as the unraveling of histories that might have been.
Fantastical yet believable and eventful enough to keep you turning the pages though the story takes place in the span of only 48 hours, this is a series I am willing to continue and I only wish I could purchase the next installment tomorrow.
A good read for anyone who enjoys mythology, history, fantasy and the somewhat geek/tech mindset of the teenage mind, the Alchemyst delivers.
—what I find funny is that my other book, though not young adult and much less fantastical is almost essentially the same story. It features a man who is making incredible yet dangerous discoveries in the time of Queen Elizabeth with Dr. John Dee as his mentor! I had no idea that this was the case when I picked up both books this summer. Talk about coincidence…