The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has become one of my new favorite series. The Alchemyst was first published in 2007 and it’s been on my to-read list for a while. I had the chance to grab it in audio and have been hooked ever since. The last book, The Enchantress, came out last year. Because this post covers all six books and I have to avoid spoilers, I am going to be as vague as possible while I tell you that everyone should drop what they are doing and read the series now.
The books follow twins, Sophie and Josh, as they discover their magic and save the world (or perhaps destroy it). They are led by the immortal alchemyst Nicholas Flamel and are being chased by the immortal magician Doctor John Dee. The characters travel from place to place running, outwitting, trapping and gathering new allies, both good and bad. The twins face moral dilemmas as well as physical danger. New characters appear and some disappear in horrible ways. Each book ends with a cliff-hanger that keeps you wanting more.
Almost all characters are from legend or history so they give the story a bit more depth and made me look up the characters to see if they were really alive and what they did. The mythical characters aren’t from one myth either. Myths from the Romans, Greeks, Irish, Aztec and more combine to create a culture of Elders that are fighting to come back into the open and rule the humans like they once did.
My only complaint, and I know I’m being a bit picky, is that sometimes there are too many characters and trying to pronounce some of them was awful. If I didn’t have the audiobooks to fall back on for reference I usually just called the character by its first initial.
I recommend this series for anyone who enjoys a good adventure story with magical elements. For those who loved the Harry Potter series, you will find much to enjoy here.
Here is the series order: