by Michael Scott
6 books & 2 novellas
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.