Life is becoming more difficult for the prophesized twins. And this is just days after strangers attacked Nick Fleming’s bookshop and his wife, Perry, was kidnapped from across the street. Hunted by gruesome creatures, we continue our story with The Sorceress in the third instalment of the six-part series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
His days are running short without the Book of Abraham and while Sophie and Josh are losing their trust in Nicholas’ intentions, he pushes the adventure deeper by taking the Lay Lines to England. The plot thickens and the danger is fully resolved when the twins find out that the Alchemyst just took them to the land of their enemies. A risk none of them know, is worth it.
Back in San Francisco, Perenelle is still kept captive in Alcatraz and is also slowly growing old with every use of her magic. She is now in speaking terms with the treacherous Areop-Enap and has successfully defeated The Morrigan. However, she is still in danger; from a distant shore Billy The Kid is watching her. His orders are simple: kill her and kill her fast.
On the run and one hand short (they lost Scathatch in the River Siene), Nicholas, Sophie and Josh are met by Palemedes for aid. Here they have to find King Gilgamesh; the oldest of all human race (perhaps around 10,000 years old or even more), whose mind have been idled by time and has bouts of insanity and forgetfulness. Their desperation is with luck realizing that the King is willing to help but when they reach the fortress of Palamedes they are met with Nicholas Flamel’s enemy, William Shakespeare.
Nicholas grunted something in archaic French, tore open Josh’s backpack and wrenched Clarent from the carboard map tube. Holding it in a two-handed tight grip, he swung it around his head, the edge of the blade keening and humming through the air. “Run,” he shouted to the twins “run for your lives! It’s a trap!”
If you’re into science/ fantasy fiction, this lot will most definitely appeal to you. With its fast paced story telling and gripping events it will surely tickle your fancy. It can also heighten your interest as it includes factual people and events in history. The imagery may come impossibly difficult to understand if you haven’t read the first and second book, so it is highly advised to start where the story began. Nevertheless, you will not be weighed down by two books since it has an unbelievably fast passage of time.
I was fondly drawn deeper to the book when the character of William Shakespeare was introduced. Having known the genius through his work and seeing (or reading, in this case) him in a different light proved fascinating. Like Nicholas Flamel, The Bard is also immortal and is highly capable of astounding magic. His ability, unlike Nicholas, is drawn from imagination therefore making him formidable in battle. He only has to think of creatures and it is born to do his battle for him. It’s just right that Nicholas should, to some extent, fear him. His alchemy would be no match if they would duel.
Overall, The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is an excellent continuation of The Magician. It brought the folklore and history ante up and somehow stayed true to the journey. It gets darker and more helpless that it results to more adventure and gripping drama. This book is very much recommended especially to those who find myths and legends as their cup of tea.
Given that we are now to experience a definite post Potter vacuum, this series stands on its own and somehow bring just the same result as Rowling did: reading is once again, the new cool.
Written By: Irish author, Michael Scott
Published by Delacorte Press an imprint of Random House