Book Preview: The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, #1)The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
Paperback, 400 pages; Audiobook, 10hrs 2min

Oh, wow.

This is a book my book buddy told me to read ages ago and I added it to my list on Goodreads, but didn’t really put much priority on getting it read. Then I went to a conference on gifted students in Albuquerque last weekend, and the keynote speaker there said it was a must read. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up so soon if I hadn’t recognized the title as one of Book Buddy’s recommendations.

Michael Scott does a beautiful job of putting mytholgies in a modern context. The fact that the book took place in modern times (I have a hard time with historical fiction most of the time) was surprising. Already vaguely familiar with Nicholas Flamel from The Sorcerer’s Stone, I expected the novel to be set in the past. What I really loved is how Scott didn’t limit himself to one mythology. I recognized the Greek and the Egyptian, but I know I’m going to have to do some research to find out who some of the other characters are. I love learning new things when I read fiction.

A colleague of mine left me a message today saying if I liked The Alchemyst, then I’ll love the rest of the series–it gets more intense as it goes along. I’m also curious to see how some of my predictions will turn out–while I was wrong for the moment, there is a chance that I might be right.

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