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August 18, 2011

The Death of Joan of Arc a Short Story by Michael Scott

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Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel 4.5
Format: Digital 
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Purchase Link: Barnes & Noble

Joan of Arc was not burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431. She was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior.

The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York, and it will leave you wondering: does Joan of Arc still walk the earth? Michael Scott’s first-ever exclusive ebook short story delves into the world of the bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and offers readers a never-before-seen lost story—the story of two warriors who would become sisters.

I'm a sucker for YA Fantasy/Adventure books and I'm always on the prowl for the next Harry Potter-esque to hit the shelves. In one of my hunts, I've stumbled upon Michael Scott's series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

Nicolas Flamel, as history puts it, is one of the world's most renowned alchemist, and yes you've read him in HP as one of Dumbledore's buddies if you're wondering why he sounds familiar, and he is in fact a real person as well as his wife Perenelle. They both lived in France during the Medieval Warm Period and were famous for their work in finding the truth behind The Philosopher's Stone and the Elixir of Life.

In Michael Scott's series, their labors proved to be successful and both have attained immortality and is said to be living amongst us. The series is a menagerie of different Mythologies from all over the world and the adventures of Sophie and Josh Newman is nothing short of exciting. Michael Scott painted a thoroughly researched, beautiful world that appeals to children of all ages. If you liked Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Rick Riordan's books, I'm sure you'll like this too.

One of the characters in the book is the immortal Joan of Arc and in this Lost story, we bear witness to how the goddess Scathatch saved her from the stake. We travel back in time in 15th century Europe during the Hundred Years War between France and England, after Charles VII has been crowned and the Maid of Orleans captured and sold to the English.

The story was written in the hands of William of York and the full account on what happened that day and the girl who died at the stake was nothing but a changeling. It tells us how The Scathatch single-handedly saved Joan and beat all those soldiers in the field set to guard their prisoner and witness her burning. She is described as a force to be reckoned with, with flaming red hair, freckles and green eyes, looking nothing the fierce warrior that she is but a mere girl. The Duke was stupefied but he was not convinced that Joan was guilty so he kept the entire details of the event to himself until his death and his Last Will and Testament was read.

Just to set your expectations, this is nothing but a descriptive short story and there are minimal dialogues. You will not read about what happened after Joan was saved as the account is told in the POV of William of York. This short story doesn't affect the flow of the series nor will you be missing out on anything if you decide to skip it, this is just one of those back stories that explains a bit about Scathatch and Joan's friendship.

Joan of Arc and The Scathatch

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