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January 8, 2016

#FBF [10]: The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel by Michael Scott

The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel
by Michael Scott
YA Fantasy
6 books & 2 novellas
2007-2012
Delacorte Press


The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel by Michael Scott is an amazing and well researched mish-mash of world mythology and certain historical figures. It will prompt the reader to open Wikepedia and cross reference Mr. Scott's characters to further acquaint oneself with their history. It's like a convention of Ancient Civilization in modern times Comicon style!

Typical to every fictional creation, it's a story of good vs evil and the triumph of Man's sense of honor despite the meddling of the Elders, or Gods and deities, and their immortal minions.

The story is about a book called the Codex. It's a very powerful book as it contains not only the secret to immortality but powerful spells that can make or break the world, it's guardians are Nicolas and Perenelle Flamel, famed Alchemyst and Sorceress. Caught in the middle are Josh and Sophie Newman, prophesied twins that have powerful gold and silver auras the world haven't seen, one to save the world and one to destroy it, but who is the savior and who is the destroyer? In comes Dr. John Dee, stealing the Codex for the power it brings and thus began the story about meeting peoples of legend, visiting myriad Shadowrealms, elemental magic and constant tests of loyalty and love to family and friends.

I find the The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel refreshing despite numerous books published that are based on several myths. MScott was able to gracefully marry different myths combining them into one entertaining story with a dash of infamous historical characters. What I love about the books is it's all about family and loyalty, and not some emo or angst-ridden love story that seems to be so popular these days. It's also written tailored to the ADD generation: fast paced, no long narratives, and overly detailed descriptions. Sophie and Josh will guide you throughout the series in perfect cadence with a couple of curve balls along the way which makes it even more exciting.

I'm not the biggest YA reader, I feel like the same story is being written in different ways. I've also read a lot of myth/pantheon-based fantasies and The Immortal Secrets of Nicolas Flamel is unparalleled in this aspect. MScott blended several pantheons, from Greek to Roman, Peruvian, Native American, and a host of other personalities and deities, perfectly. 

I suggest that you give the series a try if you haven't yet, or continue reading up if you already have. I have yet to come across another series that can match this one.








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32 comments:

  1. the name does ring a bell so I wonder if I haven't read these ones in French. I'll have to check out the covers to see if I remember them.

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    1. I'llbe surprised if they don't have this series in French.

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  2. I have not seen it around before

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  3. That some high praise, Braine. My oldest has read this and while reading your thoughts, I was thinking I should suggest my son read it. Now I'm thinking I might need to beat him to it! ;)

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    1. It is so good! It's my son's and my favorite series next to Percy Jackson. Would you believe my kid, who was maybe 14 or 15 then, got teary when one of his favorite characters passed?! It's so good!

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  4. Saw this in a First Reads giveaway once. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I know you love YA, this isn't romance-y at all, just jam packed with adventure. I hope you get to try it one of these days

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  5. I agree with you about the YA novels, but I love when I find one that is a bit different and fast paced. I like a lot of action.
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. I do too, I can skip the romance, give me real life social issues or non-stop action instead!

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  6. My oldest read this and really liked it. I should read them, she has them all. :)

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    1. It's so good and the way it's paced, you can maybe devour one book a day.

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  7. I read the first one five years ago, and I liked it but I remember thinking it felt more like Middle grade and the cliffhanger annoyed me. Still I am going to plan on doing this series with my kids when they are a tad older.

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    1. It is MG, but for me it's one of those books that is appealing regardless of the recommended aga like Percy Jackson and even the first few HP books. Plus you liked it so that's a good thing.

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  8. This looks really good thanks Braine!

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  9. I've been curious about these and they are on my wishlist, but I just haven't picked them up yet. I'm glad you enjoyed it so much and I may have to get busy and read them!

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    1. It'll be quick reads because it's so character driven

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  10. I haven't read many YA novels that I liked.

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    1. I've been the same lately. I realized that I like the ones that are not romantically driven

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  11. Don't normally read YA, but this sounds pretty interesting. Hugs...

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  12. It's good that you found it to be original and refreshing with so many similar types of stories out there. I hadn't heard of this series before.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. You know I don't dabble much in YA anymore, and surely my preferences have changed. I haven't changed my mind about this one though. I'm still waiting to read his next project

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  13. I haven't read this series, but I have heard of it. My sister read most of this series and she really enjoyed it. I am glad to hear it's a refreshing series and different from others out there.

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    1. You should try it sometime, Lola, it's really good!

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  14. Oh man. I've seen this series around, but since I'm such a total anti-fantasy novels, I never did pay any attention to the books! So missing out. :/

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    1. Get it for your kidlets, they will love it plus it'll get them curious over the deities ;)

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  15. I read the first four books in this series and absolutely LOVED them... I have no idea why I didn’t finish the series! Hopefully I can pick them up soon for a re-read. Great review of the series and thanks for making me want to read them again! :D

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    1. Oh finish them! The series has such an emotional ending

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  16. I read or listened to the first book a way long time ago. I liked it a lot and bought the boxed set. Now it's years later and I still haven't read the rest. I think I'll have to start from the beginning since I've forgotten almost all of it.

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  17. I feel like I'm the only person in the world who didn't like this book! I remember when the first one came out, I tried to read it and I couldn't even finish it! Maybe I will have to try again.

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