This series is called the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel; however, it isn’t really about Nicholas Flame. It’s the journey of twins Sophie and Josh Newman. If someone wanted to learn more about Flamel, this really wouldn’t be the series to do it.
While I was reading the series, I found more and more that the books seemed to get a little repetitive. It was the continuous whether we should trust Nicholas Flamel, with the twins getting further and further apart as they learned more magic. Granted, each book was a different quest, but it still revolved around the same question.
Throughout the books, more and more characters were introduced as being immortal, including William Shakespeare and Niccolo Machiavelli. With the advent of The Bard, the series became more and more strange. Billy the Kid and Quetzalcoatl are also featured.
The Alchemyst was a riveting start to the series. There was lots of action in this, and Josh wasn’t constantly second guessing whether to trust Flamel (at least not as much as the other books). Sophie and Josh were still together. They were at the same level in their magical learning.
The Sorceress was my favorite because I loved reading about Perenelle Flamel being trapped on Alcatraz and how she escaped. That plot really captured my attention. The entire time, I was wondering just who this Perry Flamel really was. How could she escape the sphinx, plus all the creatures trapped on Alcatraz. Quite the exhilarating read.
The Necromancer was probably the weakest book in the series, one reason being that the necromancer element wasn’t introduced until the last 100 pages of the book. Until then, it was almost filler. I wouldn’t quite go that far, but it did seem to be repetitive.
The Warlock was a step above The Necromancer, but it was hard to keep the plot of this book straight. The characters were so spread out from each other, and sometimes you didn’t even know who two of the characters were. That was just my opinion. Perhaps I should reread it before I read the last book of the series.
And then, of course, there is the element where Josh is trying to figure out who to trust: John Dee, Machiavelli, or Flamel. That happened throughout the entire series. Finally he made his choice in The Warlock, despite what his twin sister Sophie tells him.
Overall, this was an exciting series in the beginning, but it did seem to drag later on, particularly in The Necromancer. The Warlock was better, except I didn’t really understand what was going on in one of the plots of the story.
I will be anxious to read The Enchantress, where the final battle for Danu Talis will begin.