Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Warlock : the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

The Warlock is the fifth book in the series, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, written by Michael Scott. It is fast paced, with the book taking course over no more than three days. Ever since Josh learned about the other twins that the Flamels had found, he became more and more suspicious of them. He doesn’t quite trust the Flamels as much as his twin sister, Sophie does. Josh believes the evil Dr. Dee instead. In this new book, Josh officially goes to Dee’s side. Dee had been declared “utlaga,” or outcast by the Dark Elders. Now, everyone and everything are on the hunt for Dr. John Dee. Now, there is a slight change in his plans. Dr. Dee is now not planning on reviving the Dark Elders and instead, wishes to destroy everything; all of the Shadowrealms, the human race, and the elders. Dee also gains a capable ally, Virginia Dare. Dee plans to destroy all of the elders at once. And the only place where all of them are together is Danu Talis. Scathach, Joan, Saint-Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare are summoned by a strange hand-hooked man. They travel back in time to Danu Talis. There, they meet Abraham the Mage and they learn that Abraham had already predicted that all of this would happen. They must destroy Danu Talis, otherwise known as the lost city of Atlantis, if they want the world today to exist. Perenelle and Nicholas’s time is running out. They have no more than one or two days to live. Will they be able to live long enough to see the result of all of their hard work? The prophecy says this: “The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.” With Josh choosing Dee’s side, will he be the twin that destroys it? What will happen to the world?

I loved this book because it was filled with non-stop suspense. Although the book took course over three days, the events were described with a lot of detail. The Warlock was also unpredictable at times, with various twists. I knew that Josh did not trust the Flamels. However, I always thought that he would stick by their side and fight against Dee because of his sister. But now, he thinks that Sophie is an enemy and goes to Dee’s side. I was certainly not expecting this. The twins were always so close. But now, their bond is severed and the future of the world is at stake. The book ended with a cliff-hanger with a very, very unexpected ending. I can’t wait until the Summer of 2012 when the final book, The Enchantress, is released!
~Cynthia, Teen Book Reviewer

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