The Alchemyst by Michael ScottThe Alchemyst by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst

byMichael Scott

Paperback | June 24, 2008

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Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Alchemyst, book one.
 
The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330.
 
The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret of eternal life.
 
   The records show that he died in 1418.
   But his tomb is empty.
   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. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
 
[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—SLJ, Starred
 
Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress
  Michael Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, 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 isl...
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Title:The AlchemystFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.19 × 0.86 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385736002

ISBN - 13:9780385736008

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The alchemist This was an intesting read with a bunch of historical figures both real and of myths.
Date published: 2018-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! The Alchemyst was a great book to read as it had great imagery and was very detailed. It was also very interesting to meet all the characters. This book was definitely intriguing and I definitely recommend to everyone, even if you don't like fantasy
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from intriguing and mesmerizing this was my sons book he lent it to me and i loved it .I was intrigued read it and was totally mesmerized by it naturally because of Harry Potter. i have the entire 6 books will review each one following this review.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3.5/5 This was a fun read! Lots of "Come to the dark side" and Percy Jackson vibes. I'll def pick up the sequel
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good series. Good start to a good series with cool characters and storyline. Josh and Sophie cool main characters and lots of great side characters too
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series! This series is wonderful, combing elements from from all sorts of myths, legends and history to create a unique fantasy. Love it!
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! My daughter started to read this at school (before summer break started), she got so into the book she asked me to buy it for her... now she's hooked on the series! :) I've read about half of this book so far... it's a light read for me but very well written!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read one of the first books that I bought on my kobo, I liked it enough that I got the second one almost immediately.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Refreshing Historical History I love historical history and when it's an easy, fun read, it's even better. Flamel is full of secrets and the relationship between Sophie and Josh is a little weird for siblings but I've also never had a twin. I enjoy the hints towards historical past and figures and the way they are implemented into the story.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I read this book wanting to learn more about Nicholas Flamel because not much is mentioned about him in Harry Potter. I wasn't sure what to expect and was completely blown away. It was very exciting and went beyond my expectations
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So so good! I absolutely loved this book! It completely caught me by surprise! I read it when I was younger and re-read it not too long ago and enjoyed it just as much! Highly recommend this and you don't need to be in middle grade to enjoy these books they are so full of magical adventures!
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read :) love this series, currently working my way through and diffidently not disappointed!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series! Great series to get started on! Perfect for all ages!
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent book If you enjoyed reading Harry Potter books. I do believe you will enjoy this book and the rest of the series. I'm glad my friend brought me this book to read. Awesome book!
Date published: 2017-02-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book I have re read this book so many times and still cant get enough
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very cool! The writing style of this book was enjoyable and there was just the perfect amount of suspence in this book. I like the concept of mixing characters of different mythologies.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it If you start this series; you're hooked. Written very well and keeps your mind busy. Loved every word of it.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book years ago and I immediately got the whole series! It's definitely underrated-- the perfect mix of magic, mythology, history, and adventure! I would say this is a great book for kids, but adults can read it too, I'm 20 and I still reread it!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read I love this book! The story is gripping and I love how the weave historical figures into it
Date published: 2016-11-11
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 2 out of 5 by from Disapointing This book was highly praised by many people but seriously I couldn't force myself to read this. Dull, and slow this book tried to capture the magic and wit of harry potter and failed. The bad guys didn't even seem that bad and honestly the teen characters bored me. The one thing that I can highly praise in this book is the imagery, but other than that this book was a flop.
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Greatest Alchemyst. . . The Alchemyst is a book about twins who are sweep up into a mysterious world after a stranger visits one of the twins at there workplace. From that point on they are on the run from varies things that they thought were stuff of legends. They find out that it isn't by chance that they are involved in this mystery but that they are an intrigue part to the salvation of the rest of the world. I enjoyed this book, it was fun and interesting and very well paced. I love the incorporation of all different kinds of myths and legends. It's also great how the twins mentor and the main antagonists are based on real people. Great read.
Date published: 2012-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! This book was actually one of the first books that I purchased with my Kobo and I enjoyed it enough that I continued with the entire series and will read the newest book when it is released.
Date published: 2012-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great book for young teens Sophie and Josh Newman are normal teen-aged twins whose world suddenly turns upside down. It turns out that their bosses are actually immortal, most mythologies are true, Atlantis existed, and they themselves are the key to saving or destroying the world. Packed with action from the first page, The Alchemyst launches a fast-paced, adventure filled series where the fate of the world lies with two seemingly ordinary people. Fantasy fans who love an unrelenting pace in their reads are sure to enjoy these novels! I will admit that I'm a little late to the game on this series. In fact, I've owned the first four books for a couple of years, but hadn't yet gotten around to reading them. My loss, as it turns out. The Alchemyst is a great fantasy book for younger teens who have enjoyed the Harry Potter books, and also for those teens who get bored of a story when the descriptive sections run too long. There's plenty of intrigue for the readers who want to "figure it out", and tons of action for those looking for a wild ride. Truly the first novel in this series has a little something for everyone!
Date published: 2011-12-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I didn't even realize it was a book for younger readers.... I picked this book up because I had heard many positive things about it and that it had a lot to do with mythology, history, etc and I love those topics. So the book is about Josh and Sophie, teenage twins, who get caught up in a war between their employers Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle (hundreds of years old immortals, in posession of an important book the Codex) and John Dee an equally powerful and immortal man working for the darker powers. What entails is an adventure story, filled with mythological and historical characters from all areas of the world and religion. If you're a history buff this book is for you. The best thing about the book is that besides the twins, all of the characters (Nicky, Perry, John Dee) were real people that did exist. And the Dark Elders are characters of various myths. The mixing of reality and fantasy helps to make this a great book. The only thing it ends rather abruptly, which for me is ok because the next two books in the series are already published and another three are on the way in the next few years. A good book, adults can read it, I feel it's a bit too advanced for younger children but 10 and up would probably get a kick out of it, yet they would most likely have to look up various characters, places, etc.
Date published: 2009-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic. this book is an absolutely great novel, and an excellent way to start a series. With enough valid historical references to mythology and proven history, this novel is an excellent choice for the history nuts and newcomers alike. The author paints a very intricate picture of everything, from scenery to characters in a way that it isn't dull, nor unimportant. Great read overall.
Date published: 2009-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Unexpected Delight! I was recommended this book by a co-worker, whose tastes in novels run alongside magic, epic journeys in a boys genre of teen and young reader fiction. Which, don't get me wrong, it's awesome, but it's not always the first thing I pick up. I am however, a huge fan of history and magic! Both of which run amok in this book. The plot pace is steady, never dull and certain chalk full of tons of histories greatest villains and heroes! The fate of the world rests on the young shoulders of a pair of fraternal twins, Sophie and Josh, which is something I admire greatly about this book. Why rest the fate of the world on one tormented teenage mind when you can have two! It's always said that two heads are better then one and I can't agree more here. If you enjoy a great adventure, magic, myth and history, PICK THIS UP!
Date published: 2009-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Imagery! Josh and Sophie are twins who had just only a month ago found jobs across from each other in San Fran. Then out of the blue, a mysterious Dr. John Dee ransacks the bookstore Josh was working at to go after his boss, Nick Fleming. Things get out of control when Nick's wife is kidnapped and Dee steals a book called the Codex, and Sophie and Josh are pulled into Nick's world. He tells them his real name, Nicolas Flamel, and how he is actually hundreds of years old. The Codex contains potions and spells that can turn rocks into jewels and the recipe for eternal life. Now that the book is in Dee's hands, he can use it to destroy the world of the humani, and bring back the Dark Elders. The storyline is old and pretty common among magic books, but The Alchemyst was very well written and had thorough descriptions. Though some parts were a bit dry at times, it wasn't too bad a read.
Date published: 2009-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome fantasy! I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down (literally). You can really relate to the two main characters. The plot at first seems a little unlikely, but uses a few people we know through history, and surprisingly, it gets you thinking / reving your imagination. I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves fanatasy!
Date published: 2009-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable read 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: 2008-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting I didn't realise that this book was based on the french alchemist who was rumoured to be immortal. This in itself should make you want to read it. Keeps you on your toes..for those who still believe in magic.
Date published: 2008-07-02

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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 Bestseller A USA Today Bestseller An Indie Next List Selection A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age An IRA Young Adult Choice Book An IRA Children’s Choice Winner   “[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