The Alchemyst by Michael ScottThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst

byMichael Scott

Hardcover | May 22, 2007

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Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren't safe! Discover the truth in book one of the New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.
 
The truth: Nicholas Flamel's tomb is empty.
 
The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives.

   Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries?
    The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.
    There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it. 

“The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil.”—Bustle

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress
Michael Scott is an authority on mythology and folklore and one of Ireland’s most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, Michael has been hailed by the Irish Times as “the King of Fantasy in these isles.” He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel ...
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Title:The AlchemystFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:400 pages, 8.56 × 6 × 1.25 inShipping dimensions:8.56 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:May 22, 2007Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385733577

ISBN - 13:9780385733571

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it. I loved this book. I love to read about historical fiction and the added effect of magic sealed the deal for me.
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book I think this book about me is very correct about my life
Date published: 2014-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alchemyst I LOVED this book, mainly because of the description that Mr Scott used.
Date published: 2014-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Alchemyst This book was amazing. The way that the author (Micheal Scott) combined all of the different mythologies with all of the age-old beliefs and legends just blew my mind. When I thought of all the hours of research that would of had to go into this book, I had a new found respect for Scott.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Alchemyst by Michael Scott -- Stuck in San Francisco while their parents are on another expedition for their work, Sophie and Josh witness something that will change their lives forever. Everything that is supposed to be fantasy – magic, immortals, and alien creatures – all become reality when Dr. Dee comes to the bookshop and steals the Codex – a book that Nicholas Flamel kept safe and hidden, and will now be used to end the world as they know it. There is no turning back now, but Sophie and Josh are more a part of it then they think. Part of an ancient prophecy made before anything human lived on earth, Sophie and Josh both might be the key to defeating the last of the Dark Elders and saving humankind. -- Well, I actually had pretty high expectations for this series, I thought it would be really amazing. It’s not that I was disappointed after I finished I just thought that the book would have more than it did. The characters were really good, I liked the ongoing dilemma that Josh was having was having with the whole uneven twin thing, that is something that I know will carry on to the next book. He was an in depth character that at least made a little drama in the plot line. The rest of the characters were kind of meh, then again, there are 3 or 4 other books that can be added in but I’m just not feeling it with the characters. The bad guys didn’t even seem evil at all! Another thing that was interesting but I don’t know if I liked it or not, was the fact that the whole book happened in only 2 or 3 days. I think that that is sort of unrealistic. Even though things do happen fast and stuff, it seemed to me like it should have been a sort of week long thing, again, I don’t know what to think about that. I really liked how it would zoom in on one person’s feelings at the time though. It was in third person but on some chapters it would focus on Josh, sometimes the wife in the prison and etc etc. I didn’t like how childish Josh and Sophie were though. They were 15 in the book but I feel like their characters acted like they were 1 or 2 years younger. Anyway, I’ll give this one a 3.5 because it was interesting and I enjoyed reading it. Check out the other books in the series, and the website. http://www.dillonscott.com/ . I have no idea why it’s called dillonscott but that’s okay Later Cheese Graters, MRR
Date published: 2011-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good I liked this lots of magick involved
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best series since 'Harry Potter'! This is the first book in a GREAT series. Really well written, random stuff mentioned in the first book ties in later on. I reccomend this book for boys and girls about 8+.
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is interesting and so far my favourite. Can't wait to finish the series ^^ Everyone should read this book. It really is descriptive and teaches a lot about gods and what they are. Also it is an interesting series. I plan to read every book. It is my favourite so far. Now Michal Scott is my favourite author. On book one, after you finish the book, continue reading from right there. What Dee and the others are are there. It helps you understand what somethings mean so the 007 part doesn't seem far-fetched about some dumb movie called James Bond 007. Well thats over 600 of my words on my thought of this book! ~~Bailey Running~~
Date published: 2009-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Alchemyst I had great hopes for this book. The story of Nicholas Flamel is timeless in nature. Nicholas Flamel is a legend; he has been making an elixir to sustain his youth for centuries. Flamel found the recipe for the elixir of life in the Book of Abraham. This powerful book also contains other information that if it was possessed by the wrong hands it would give the dark elders control of the world and the world would end as we know it. The Book of Abraham is stolen from Nicholas Flamel and with the help of two mortal teenager twins, Sophie and Josh Newman; the quest begins to retrieve the book and to save the world in the process. I found the book slow and really not that interesting. It is nice to have the mythological characters spattered throughout the book, but the book is dull and lacked humour and excitement.
Date published: 2009-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book Very entertaining from the start. There are no lulls in the action or story line. Highly recommended for all ages. I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Date published: 2008-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Fantasy novel! The Alchemyst is a great book! The action kicks off from the first page and leaves you wanting more and more. I love mythology, so I was very happy to find that it was full of mythological creatures from Greek, Egyptian and many other types of myths! There's vampires, Golems, Egyptian gods and much more! I never knew much about Nicholas Flamel. The only thing I knew was that in Harry Potter he created the Philosopher's stone. The truth is that J.K Rowling didn't create him. Nicholas Flamel was believe to be the greatest alchemist of all time, and one day he mysteriously disappeared. This book explains his life and much, much more! A great book full of magic, definetly a must read!
Date published: 2007-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Out of this world! a MUST read!!! This book by far exceeded my expectations! When I started reading it, I was hoping for a good read, but to be perfectly honest, after finishing the Harry Potter series, I wasn't expecting much. This book is the first book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series that blew me away! You start out in San Francisco CA, with twin siblings, Sophie and Josh Newman, that work across the street from each other. Sophie at The Coffee Cup and Josh at The Small Book Shop, which is owned and run by Nick and Perry Flemming, or so they think. Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel has been around for over 700 years and the twins are introduced to the world of alchemy, sorcerery, necromancy, and the world of magiks that have gone unseen in this world for thousands of years by the dulled senses of the humani. The book only tells two days of the story, but is jam packed full of action and adventure. This book is a must read. The next big series in the children's fantasy world.
Date published: 2007-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun start to a new series A charming story centred around twins who discover that one of them is working for Nicholas Flamel, the famed Alchemyst and holder of the secrets of immortality, "The Alchemyst" is, at its heart, the beginning of an adventure story. Sophie and Josh are independant fifteen year olds - twins - who are used to getting by on their own. Their parents are archeologists, and gone for long stretches at a time, and it breathes a believability into their reactions to some very strange events - they're used to handling things by themselves. Whether or not they can handle being prophesized heroes of the world, however, remains to be seen. Blending mythology and an enjoyable wit together for young readers, Scott has the beginning to a fun tale here that is likely to delight fans of the 'magic is real' genre.
Date published: 2007-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantasy at its finest The Alchemyst is a fantastical dark tale set in contemporary America, in a world where legends abound and nothing is too weird to be true. It is in this unusual realm that Josh and Sophie Newman discover themselves trapped hopelessly, helplessly in the middle of a slowly transpiring legend. What they’re up against: millennia-old magicians, immortal warriors, and scores of possessed cats and birds who can rip anyone’s eyes out in the blink of an eye. You would think that things can’t possibly get worse - yet it does. In the impossible but contemporary world of Michael Scott’s The Alchemyst, even Muhammad Ali wouldn’t stand a chance. So how are Josh and Sophie supposed to survive, let alone save the world, like they’re destined to? A delicate, painstakingly crafted work of modern fantasy, The Alchemyst is an action-packed novel that never dwindles for even a moment. The extraordinary plot, drama, and characters bring me to believe that Michael Scott’s latest book will go down as a classical literary masterpiece. Like the immortal characters in the story, The Alchemyst will hopefully someday live on to tell the tale when all of us are gone. Teens of any age and gender will enjoy this story, as long as you have the thirst for fantasy, and the capacity for a wild adventure that may never end!
Date published: 2007-05-08

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CHAPTER ONE“OK—answer me this: why would anyone want to wear an overcoat in San Francisco in the middle of summer?” Sophie Newman pressed her fingers against the Bluetooth earpiece as she spoke.On the other side of the continent, her fashion-conscious friend Elle inquired matter-of-factly, “What sort of coat?”Wiping her hands on the cloth tucked into her apron strings, Sophie moved out from behind the counter of the empty coffee shop and stepped up to the window, watching men emerge from the car across the street. “Heavy black wool overcoats. They’re even wearing black gloves and hats. And sunglasses.” She pressed her face against the glass. “Even for this city, that’s just a little too weird.”“Maybe they’re undertakers?” Elle suggested, her voice popping and clicking on the cell phone. Sophie could hear something loud and dismal playing in the background— Lacrimosa maybe, or Amorphis. Elle had never quite got over her Goth phase.“Maybe,” Sophie answered, sounding unconvinced. She’d been chatting on the phone with her friend when, a few moments earlier, she’d spotted the unusual-looking car. It was long and sleek and looked as if it belonged in an old black-and-white movie. As it drove past the window, sunlight reflected off the blacked-out windows, briefly illuminating the interior of the coffee shop in warm yellow-gold light, blinding Sophie. Blinking away the black spots dancing before her eyes, she watched as the car turned at the bottom of the hill and slowly returned. Without signaling, it pulled over directly in front of The Small Book Shop, right across the street.“Maybe they’re Mafia,” Elle suggested dramatically. “My dad knows someone in the Mafia. But he drives a Prius,” she added.“This is most definitely not a Prius,” Sophie said, looking again at the car and the two large men standing on the street bundled up in their heavy overcoats, gloves and hats, their eyes hidden behind overlarge sunglasses.“Maybe they’re just cold,” Elle suggested. “Doesn’t it get cool in San Francisco?”Sophie Newman glanced at the clock and thermometer on the wall over the counter behind her. “It’s two-fifteen here . . . and eighty-one degrees,” she said. “Trust me, they’re not cold. They must be dying. Wait,” she said, interrupting herself, “something’s happening.”The rear door opened and another man, even larger than the first two, climbed stiffly out of the car. As he closed the door, sunlight briefly touched his face and Sophie caught a glimpse of pale, unhealthy-looking gray-white skin. She adjusted the volume on the earpiece. “OK. You should see what just climbed out of the car. A huge guy with gray skin. Gray. That might explain it; maybe they have some type of skin condition.”“I saw a National Geographic documentary about people who can’t go out in the sun . . . ,” Elle began, but Sophie was no longer listening to her.A fourth figure stepped out of the car.He was a small, rather dapper-looking man, dressed in a neat charcoal-gray three-piece suit that looked vaguely old-fashioned but that she could tell had been tailor-made for him. His iron gray hair was pulled back from an angular face into a tight ponytail, while a neat triangular beard, mostly black but flecked with gray, concealed his mouth and chin. He moved away from the car and stepped under the striped awning that covered the trays of books outside the shop. When he picked up a brightly colored paperback and turned it over in his hands, Sophie noticed that he was wearing gray gloves. A pearl button at the wrist winked in the light.“They’re going into the bookshop,” she said into her earpiece.“Is Josh still working there?” Elle immediately asked.Sophie ignored the sudden interest in her friend’s voice. The fact that her best friend liked her twin brother was just a little too weird. “Yeah. I’m going to call him to see what’s up. I’ll call you right back.” She hung up, pulled out the earpiece and absently rubbed her hot ear as she stared, fascinated, at the small man. There was something about him . . . something odd. Maybe he was a fashion designer, she thought, or a movie producer, or maybe he was an author—she’d noticed that some authors liked to dress up in peculiar outfits. She’d give him a few minutes to get into the shop, then she’d call her twin for a report.Sophie was about to turn away when the gray man suddenly spun around and seemed to stare directly at her. As he stood under the awning, his face was in shadow, and yet for just the briefest instant, his eyes looked as if they were glowing.Sophie knew—just knew—that there was no possible way for the small gray man to see her: she was standing on the opposite side of the street behind a pane of glass that was bright with reflected early-afternoon sunlight. She would be invisible in the gloom behind the glass.And yet . . .And yet in that single moment when their eyes met, Sophie felt the tiny hairs on the back of her hands and along her forearms tingle and felt a puff of cold air touch the back of her neck. She rolled her shoulders, turning her head slightly from side to side, strands of her long blond hair curling across her cheek. The contact lasted only a second before the small man looked away, but Sophie got the impression that he had looked directly at her.In the instant before the gray man and his three overdressed companions disappeared into the bookshop, Sophie decided that she did not like him.G G GPeppermint.And rotten eggs.“That is just vile.” Josh Newman stood in the center of the bookstore’s cellar and breathed deeply. Where were those smells coming from? He looked around at the shelves stacked high with books and wondered if something had crawled in behind them and died. What else would account for such a foul stink? The tiny cramped cellar always smelled dry and musty, the air heavy with the odors of parched curling paper, mingled with the richer aroma of old leather bindings and dusty cobwebs. He loved the smell; he always thought it was warm and comforting, like the scents of cinnamon and spices that he associated with Christmas.Peppermint.Sharp and clean, the smell cut through the close cellar atmosphere. It was the odor of new toothpaste or those herbal teas his sister served in the coffee shop across the road. It sliced though the heavier smells of leather and paper, and was so strong that it made his sinuses tingle; he felt as if he was going to sneeze at any moment. He quickly pulled out his iPod earbuds. Sneezing with headphones on was not a good idea: made your ears pop.Eggs.Foul and stinking—he recognized the sulfurous odor of rotten eggs. It blanketed the clear odor of mint . . . and it was disgusting. He could feel the stench coating his tongue and lips, and his scalp began to itch as if something were crawling through it. Josh ran his fingers through his shaggy blond hair and shuddered. The drains must be backing up.Leaving the earbuds dangling over his shoulders, he checked the book list in his hand, then looked at the shelves again: The Complete Works of Charles Dickens, twenty-seven volumes, red leather binding. Now where was he going to find that?Josh had been working in the bookshop for nearly two months and still didn’t have the faintest idea where anything was. There was no filing system . . . or rather, there was a system, but it was known only to Nick and Perry Fleming, the owners of The Small Book Shop. Nick or his wife could put their hands on any book in either the shop upstairs or the cellar in a matter of minutes.A wave of peppermint, immediately followed by rotten eggs, filled the air again; Josh coughed and felt his eyes water. This was impossible! Stuffing the book list into one pocket of his jeans and the headphones into the other, he maneuvered his way through the piled books and stacks of boxes, heading for the stairs. He couldn’t spend another minute down there with the smell. He rubbed the heels of his palms against his eyes, which were now stinging furiously. Grabbing the stair rail, he pulled himself up. He needed a breath of fresh air or he was going to throw up—but, strangely, the closer he came to the top of the stairs, the stronger the odors became.He popped his head out of the cellar door and looked around.And in that instant, Josh Newman realized that the world would never be the same again.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series: A New York Times Bestselling Series A USA Today Bestseller A Kids' Indie Next List Selection A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age An ILA Young Adult Choice Book An ILA Children’s Choice Winner“The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil.”—Bustle  ★ “[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” —School Library Journal, Starred   ★ “Readers will be swept up.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred   “Fans of adventure fantasies like Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will eat this one up.” —VOYA   “An exciting and impeccably thought-out fantasy, well-suited for those left in the lurch by Harry Potter’s recent exeunt.” —Booklist