Title: The Magician
Author: Michael Scott
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: May 26, 2008
Other Titles in series: The Alchemist (#1), The Sorceress (#3), The Necromancer (#4), The Warlock (#5)
Overall: 91/100 or A-
Synopsis: After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home for Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenelle is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolo Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He’s after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenelle. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year-their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear. It’s time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there’s only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel’s old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain-alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world’s only hope-if they don’t turn on each other first.
Review: The first installment left me pretty eager for the second. I enjoyed the fast-paced plot and action packed adventures. When I finally got my hands on The Magician, I thought, “how could a book get any more exciting?” The second book of Michael Scott’s fantastic fantasy is just as adrenaline pumping and fast-paced as the first, possibly even more so. It is a great read that I recommend to anyone who enjoys magic, conflict, and unimaginable adventures.
The characters were fairly solid, like the previous book, but with an extra infusion of genius on Micheal Scott’s behalf, when he created Niccolo Machiavelli. A truly cunning character, Machiavelli takes the spotlight of the book in my opinion. His many aspects are masterfully welded together into one of the most fascinating personalities I have ever encountered before in a book. Truly, a job well-done. 😉
Overall, I could recommend this book to just about anybody. The younger crowd would be greatly appealed to the fast-paced, action-packed plot, while the older readers would be enamored my the many mythological references Scott includes. A very well rounded read in my opinion.
Scott, Michael. (2008). The Magician. New York: Random House.