The Necromancer by Michael ScottThe Necromancer by Michael Scott

The Necromancer

byMichael Scott

Paperback | April 26, 2011

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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 Necromancer, book four. 

   Sophie and Josh Newman are finally home, but they're both more confused than ever about their future. Neither of them has mastered the magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee. Most disturbing of all, however, is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel? Can they trust anyone?

Unrelenting forward momentum….This book will thrill fans.”—School Library Journal

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...
Title:The NecromancerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8.06 × 5.25 × 0.84 inPublished:April 26, 2011Publisher:Random House Children's BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385735324

ISBN - 13:9780385735322

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The necromancer 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 Still Great! Taking into account that The Necromancer is the 4th book in the series, Michael Scott is doing a wonderful job at keeping the readers wanting more. The Necromancer is full of plot twists and new characters, though it is becoming slightly difficult to keep track of them all at this point.
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not bad Nicholas Flamel, Pernelle Flamel, Sophie, and Josh return to San Francisco. This is the 4th book in the series and so many plots and twists had me a bit confused We still do not know who the Flamels are. Like i said so many plots to keep up with.
Date published: 2018-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read!! Another great edition to the series with lots of magic and mythological characters.
Date published: 2017-08-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hmmm not my Fav Great book.... but with all the plot twists it could make it hard to keep track of what's going on! Great if you're into this series!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Great addition to this series!
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good read age range is from 9-12 of which I am neither but still a great read.
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repetitive The series is good but by the fourth book, nothing significant has really happened. Since the second book it has been a repeat of meet a famous person, learn a skill, be in danger. There are secrets about the Flamels continuously hinted at but nothing is ever revealed. The last book will likely tell us but the reminders are becoming more annoying that useful.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Repetitive The series is good but by the fourth book, nothing significant has really happened. Since the second book it has been a repeat of meet a famous person, learn a skill, be in danger. There are secrets about the Flamels continuously hinted at but nothing is ever revealed. The last book will likely tell us but the reminders are becoming more annoying that useful.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!!! 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: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from oh yes! 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: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was still excellent! It as a little more confusing but overall, very good. I loved all the plot twists
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book The series keeping better. Love the twist and turns in the book.
Date published: 2017-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Love the book cant believe how the book goes
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it I truly enjoyed this book.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoying a lot This is a wonderful series!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Spoilers I can't believe josh gets his powers awakened and st Germain and his friends go to danu talis. I can't wait to write another review
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Book Another one of the best books I've ever read
Date published: 2014-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Very gripping can't wait to read the next one
Date published: 2014-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cliff hanger! The best one yet in my opinion, but that cliff hanger at the end!!!!! SPOILER ALERT!! How could you Josh?!! You left me yelling at my book; NNNNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A nice sequel to the series. A great bridging book from Michael that introduced a new factor into the story. New characters and a new Dee. I would have liked the book to have moved along faster but that's the issue with all "moved along the plot" books. This book have set up a great adventure in The Warlock. Can't wait for me to my hands on yet another gorgeous book.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fire. . . it will consume you. The fourth book takes place where the third leaves off. After learning the elemental magic of water, the twins find themselves back where all this began: San Francisco. With Scatty and Joan trapped, Scatty's twin appears wanting to know where she is, well in Paris, St. Germain, Palamades and the Bard are trying to get to them to save them. The Flamels bring the twins to the creator of Humani: Prometheus. I enjoyed this book as much as the other three. Good paced story that keeps me reading and reading. Now I'm about to dig into the fifth book, getting closer and closer to the end.
Date published: 2012-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a letdown Book four in the series brings twins Josh and Sophie Newman back to San Francisco for a very brief reunion with their Aunt. But they barely have time to call their parents and let them know they're OK before their adventure continues. Nicholas and Pernelle have also returned to San Francisco, and along with a few new players they band together in an effort to stop Machiavelli from releasing the creatures trapped in Alcatraz. Meanwhile, the rest of our heroes (Scatty, Joan, Shakespeare, Palmedes and Saint-Germain) are reunited in an alternate location with a great battle of their own to stop. How will either team succeed with their forces split? I'm sad to report that I was disappointed in The Necromancer. I've really loved each of the first 3 books in this series, but found this one to be uneventful filler. The last 30 pages contained all the necessary portions of the story, and rather than bore us with 200 pages of filler, this could have (and should have) been the opening chapters to book #5. And then after wading through hundreds of pages of build-up, we're left with a rather abrupt cliffhanger. I was honestly shocked when I turned the page to find out that the book had ended after only a few chapters of action. While I wasn't impressed with The Necromancer, I will most definitely continue with this series. I very much want to know what happens in the end. Hopefully this one was a mis-step and the next book will actually have something in it.
Date published: 2010-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another step in right direction! I continue to enjoy this series. Extremely imaginative and exciting addition. With what seems like a never ending number of character, Michael Scott some how develops each and every one of them to help aid in the growth of the story. It's another thumb up for me!
Date published: 2010-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great I could not put the book down once I started reading it. Now, I can't wait for the next book. He keeps me interested in the twist and turns, you never know what is coming next. Keep up the good work.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's awesome! This is another page-turner! The characters are very mysterious and makes you want more! It makes you keep on guessing what would happen next, especially the twins. It's awesome. can't wait for the next one!!!
Date published: 2010-05-28

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CHAPTER ONE“Never thought we’d ever see this place again.” Sophie Newman grinned and looked at her brother.“Never thought I’d be so happy to see it,” Josh said. “It looks . . . I don’t know. Different.”“It looks the same,” his twin answered. “We’re the ones who’ve changed.”Sophie and Josh were walking down Scott Street in Pacific Heights, heading for their aunt Agnes’s house on the corner of Sacramento Street. They had last seen the house six days earlier—Thursday, May 31—when they had left for work, Sophie at the coffee shop, Josh in the bookstore. It had started as just another ordinary day, but it had turned out to be the last ordinary day they would ever experience.That day their world had changed forever; they too had changed, both physically and mentally. “What do we tell her?” Josh asked nervously. Aunt Agnes was eighty-four, and although they called her aunt, she was not actually related to them by blood. Sophie thought she might have been their grandmother’s sister . . . or cousin, or maybe just a friend, but she had never been quite sure. Aunt Agnes was a sweet but grumpy old lady who fussed and worried if they were even five minutes late. She drove both Sophie and Josh crazy and reported back to their parents about every single thing they did.“We keep it simple,” Sophie said. “We stick to the story we told Mom and Dad—first the bookshop closed because Perenelle wasn’t feeling well, and then the Flamels . . .”“The Flemings,” Josh corrected her.“The Flemings invited us to stay with them in their house in the desert.”“And why did the bookshop close?”“Gas leak.”Josh nodded. “Gas leak. And where’s the house in the desert?”“Joshua Tree.”“OK, I got it.”“Are you sure? You’re a terrible liar.”Josh shrugged. “I’ll try. You know we’re going to get grilled.”“I know. And that’s even before we have to talk to Mom and Dad.”Josh nodded. He glanced over at Sophie. He’d been mulling something over for the past few days, and figured this would be the perfect time to bring it up. “I’ve been thinking,” he said slowly. “Maybe we should just tell them the truth.”“The truth?” Sophie’s expression remained unchanged and the twins continued walking, crossing Jackson Street. They could see their aunt’s white wooden Victorian house three blocks away.“What do you think?” Josh asked, when his sister said nothing more.Finally Sophie nodded. “Sure, we could.” She brushed a few strands of blond hair out of her eyes and looked at her brother. “But just let me get this straight first. We’re going to tell Mom and Dad that their entire life’s work has been for nothing. That everything they have ever studied—history, archaeology and paleontology—is wrong.” Her eyes sparkled. “I think it’s a great idea. But I’ll let you go ahead and do it, and I’ll watch.”Josh shrugged uncomfortably. “OK, OK, so we don’t tell them.”“Not yet, in any case.”“Agreed, but it’ll come out sooner or later. You know how impossible it is to keep secrets from them. They always know everything.”“That’s because Aunt Agnes tells them,” Sophie muttered.A sleek black stretch limousine with tinted windows drove slowly past them, the driver leaning forward, checking addresses on the tree-lined street. The car signaled and pulled in farther down the block.Josh indicated the limo with a jerk of his chin. “That’s weird. It looks like it’s stopping outside Aunt Agnes’s.”Sophie looked up disinterestedly. “I just wish there was someone we could talk to,” she murmured. “Someone like Gilgamesh.” Her blue eyes magnified with sudden tears. “I hope he’s OK.” The last time she had seen the immortal, he’d just been wounded by an arrow fired by the Horned God. She looked at her brother, irritated. “You’re not even listening to me.”“That car is stopping outside Agnes’s house,” Josh said slowly. A vague warning tingled at the back of his skull. “Soph?”“What is it?”“When was the last time Aunt Agnes had a visitor?”“She never has visitors.”The twins watched a slender black-suited driver get out of the car and climb the steps, his black-gloved hand trailing lightly on the metal rail. Their Awakened hearing clearly heard the knock on the door, and unconsciously they increased their pace. They saw their aunt Agnes open the door. She was a slight, bony woman, all angles and planes, with knobby knees and swollen arthritic fingers. Josh knew that in her youth she had been considered a great beauty—but her youth had been a long time ago. She had never married, and there was a family story that the love of her life had been killed in the war. Josh wasn’t sure which one.“Josh?” Sophie asked.“Something’s not right,” Josh muttered. He broke into a jog; Sophie fell into step beside him, easily keeping up.The twins saw the driver’s hand move and Aunt Agnes take something from him. She leaned forward, squinting at what looked like a photograph. But when she bent closer to get a better look, the driver immediately slipped around behind her and darted into the house.Josh took off at a sprint. “Don’t let the car leave!” he shouted at Sophie. He raced across the street and up the steps into the house. “Hi, Aunt Agnes, we’re home,” he called as he ran past her.The old woman turned in a complete circle, the photograph fluttering from her fingertips.Sophie followed her brother across the street but stopped behind the car. She stooped and pressed her fingertips against the rear passenger tire. Her thumb brushed the circle on the back of her wrist and her fingers glowed white-hot. She pushed; there was the stink of burning rubber, and then, with five distinct popping sounds, the rubber tire was punctured. Air hissed out and the tire quickly settled onto its metal rim.“Sophie!” the old woman shrieked as the girl ran up the steps and grabbed her confused aunt. “What’s going on? Where have you been? Who was that nice young man? Was that Josh I just saw?”“Aunt Agnes, come with me.” Sophie drew her aunt away from the door, just in case Josh or the driver came rushing out and the old woman was accidentally knocked down. She knelt and picked up the picture her aunt had dropped, then helped the older woman a safe distance away from the house. Sophie looked at the photograph: it was a sepia image of a young woman dressed in what looked like a nurse’s uniform. The word Ypres and the date 1914 had been written in white ink in the bottom right-hand corner. Sophie caught her breath—there was no doubt who the person was. The woman in the photograph was Scathach.Josh stepped into the darkened hallway and pressed flat against the wall, waiting until his eyes had adjusted to the gloom. Last week he wouldn’t have known to do that, but then, last week he wouldn’t have run into a house after an intruder. He would have done the sensible thing and dialed 911. He reached into the umbrella stand behind the door and lifted out one of his aunt’s thick walking sticks. It wasn’t Clarent, but it would have to do.Josh remained still, head tilted to one side, listening. Where was the stranger?There was a creak on the landing and a young-looking man in a simple black suit, white shirt and narrow black tie came hurrying down the stairs. He slowed when he spotted Josh, but didn’t stop. He smiled, yet it seemed more of a reflex than a voluntary gesture—it didn’t move past his lips. Now that the man was closer, Josh saw that he was Asian; Japanese, maybe?Josh stepped forward, the walking stick stretched out in front of him like a sword. “Where do you think you’re going?”“Past you or through you, makes no difference to me,” the man said in English tinged with a strong Japanese accent.“What are you doing here?” Josh demanded.“Looking for someone,” the man answered simply.The intruder came off the bottom step into the hall and moved to walk out the front door, but Josh barred his route with the stick. “Not so fast. You owe me an answer.”The black-suited man grabbed the stick, yanked it from Josh’s grip and snapped it across his knee. Josh grimaced; that had to hurt. The man tossed the two pieces on the floor. “I owe you nothing, but you should be thankful that I am in a good mood today.”There was something in the man’s voice that made Josh step back. Something cold and calculating that made him suddenly wonder if the man was entirely human. Josh stood in the doorway and watched the man move lightly down the steps. He was reaching for the car door when he spotted the back tire.Sophie smiled and waggled her fingers at him. “Looks like you have a puncture.”Josh hurried down the steps and joined his sister and their aunt. “Josh,” Agnes said querulously, “what is going on?” Her gray eyes were huge behind thick glasses.The rear passenger window eased down a fraction and the Japanese man spoke urgently into it, gesturing toward the tire.Abruptly the door opened and a young woman climbed out. She was dressed in a beautifully tailored black suit over a white silk shirt. There were black leather gloves on her hands and a pair of tiny round black sunglasses perched on her nose. But it was her spiky red hair and pale freckled skin that gave her away.“Scathach!” both Sophie and Josh cried in delight.The woman smiled, revealing a mouthful of vampire teeth. She pushed down the glasses to reveal brilliant green eyes. “Hardly,” she snapped. “I am Aoife of the Shadows. And I want to know what has happened to my twin sister.”From the Hardcover edition.

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