Book Review: The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true. – Good Reads

I liked this book pretty well. I loved the fantasy aspect, with lots of magic and ancient myths! The story is good, and the plot moves quickly. I liked the characters, but although they are all interesting and diverse, I didn’t really connect with any of them.
(I think I expected it to be sort of like Percy Jackson, since it is a modern setting with old legends/gods/myths; but it is nothing like PJ, so I was a little disappointed.)

The one thing I really disliked is that this author states the obvious, and he does it over and over, and then he tells you the obvious AGAIN. I don’t need to be told the same thing three or four times, especially when it’s something that’s already glaringly obvious! Ugh. It got on my nerves.

I liked the connection between Josh and Sophie. I always love stories about siblings, especially twins! They have a great sibling dynamic of loving and supporting each other, but also annoying each other. They rely on one another and understand the other person without needing to speak, but they also are growing, together and apart, in different directions. I really loved reading about their sibling relationship!

I only liked this book okay, so I probably won’t continue with the rest of the series. I have too many other books on my radar right now.

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