The Necromancer

Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel.
But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he’ll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils.

Truth is, even after closing the book, I was wanting more. I read it twice to perhaps erase the distinct squat narrative it provided but the subsequent round unfortunately, didn’t help.

There is so much more about the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel but The Necromancer proved to be just a collection of very many excerpts that introduces and transitions. It can also be concluded as an assortment of stories that begs to be included in the limitless story of the famous Immortal.

The gang is back in San Francisco but just as they are settling in, Sophie is kidnapped by Niten and Scathach’s twin, Aoife. To make things worse, Mr. Dee is hot on their heels paired with the dangerous Virginia Dare and a very powerful weapon.

The rest of the team (William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Saint, Germaine, Palamedes and Scathach) is extremely far to provide any help. Plus, they’ve diverted their trail to follow an unknown mission provided by a hooded man which they will soon find out to be Death.

With Niccolo Machiavelli and Billy the Kid loose to continue their mission to kill Perenelle Flamel and release the monsters of Alcatraz, things are becoming bleak for Josh and Sophie. The odds are very much against them and soon they will be torn apart.

Interplays of each episode seemed interesting and adventurous but were too loose that it eventually came short. The forced connection of the ensemble is very shallow and several snippets seemed like an excuse to just tie the whole thing together.

Indeed, it’s a daunting series to conclude. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel  series is so grand and colourful that one can only respect the worthy feat and imagination put into it. Yet, like anything that exist it can suffer pitfalls from time to time.  Michael Scott may have reasons as to why The Necromancer ran the way it did but until the whole chain is over no one would really know. 


The fourth installment of a six-part series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Written by Irish author Michael Scott

Published by Delacort Press and imprint of Random House

ISBN: 0-3857-3531-6 (U.K) and 978-0-385-73531-5 (U.S.A)


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