The Warlock is book 5 in the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. The series tells the story of twins Sophie and Josh who are caught up in a centuries old battle over an ancient book that is supposed to hold the secret of eternal life. Sophie and Josh are thought to be the twins of an ancient prophecy, so both sides of the battle want them. Their problem is figuring out which side is the “good” side. Is it Nicholas Flamel or his rival, John Dee?
I would start with the first one with these. I actually like them more with each book. I especially liked book 4, The Necromancer, because the tension between Sophie and Josh kept growing as they tried to figure out who to trust. In The Warlock, the twins are separated because they have decided to trust different people. Sophie has stuck by Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle, even though she isn’t 100% comfortable with them. Josh has sided with John Dee, and even though he would not want to admit it, he isn’t 100% sure of his choice either. What both kids DO know, is that it definitely doesn’t feel right to be apart.
If you have followed the whole series The Warlock explains a lot about why this epic battle started in the first place. The end is quite a jaw dropper – I can’t wait for the 6th and final book to find out what happens to Josh and Sophie…and all the humani on earth.
You would think it would be easy to choose sides on this but it isn’t! I really like the way the characters are so three dimensional – that means they have strengths and flaws both. If you were given the choice between two things and neither one seemed absolutely right…how would you choose? This is what Josh and Sophie are faced with.
Nicholas Flamel was probably a real person although his life is shrouded in mystery and legends have grown up around his story. Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel DID live in Paris in the 1300s. Both were alchemysts, were thought to be studying a mysterious book and were also thought to have figured out how to turn lead into gold & also the secret of eternal life. When Flamel died, belief that he had discovered the secret of eternal life also died…except for the story that a grave robber dug up his grave and found it empty. Hmm. Did he fake his death and is still around today? Truth or legend? You decide! It makes for a very good story though! You might remember that Nicholas Flamel is mentioned in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone too. If you like that blending of historical bits and pieces into the story like J.K. Rowling does in the Harry Potter books, then I think you’ll like this series too. Author: Michael Scott
- Official Website The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
- Michael Scott Official Website
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Book 1: The Alchemyst on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 2: The Magician on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 3: The Sorceress on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 4: The Necromancer on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 5: The Warlock on CD, Downloadable eBook or eAudiobook
Book 6: The Enchantress (2012)