Aparna (inspirethoughts) wrote,

Book Critique 2016 – 01/20/2016: The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Continuing with the critiques I started in 2015, here is the next in series – a book review.
Prologue: Go here.
For Review of all books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 4 / 5
Recommendation: A definite pick if you are following the series

The fourth book in the series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel was The Necromancer published in 2010. Usually when a story is written in different parts, one likes some parts better than the others. Same with this series as well. I liked this book better than any other in the series. Primarily because I wanted to see how Josh Newman turns out and was a much awaited one for me. The Necromancer in the title indeed refers to Josh Newman, one of the twin.

With the Clarent reuniting with its twin Excalibur and Scathach and Joan of Arc stuck in a shadow-realm, the third book ended with the twins and Flamels reaching Sanfrancisco. The story in this book picks up exactly at the same place. However the difference is here for Josh and Dee. While Dee is declared an ultaga (unwanted man) by his Dark Elder masters and is on the run, Josh is on the run to find himself. In their journey as always they are aided by friends and fight the foes. But the Flamels are no closer to the Codex so their days are numbered making them older faster by the second.

Twins meet Scathach's twin sister Aoife, from the Irish mythology, while getting back to their grandmother. She kidnaps Sophie with the help of her Japanese immortal friend, Niten - an expert Japanese swordsman from the 16th Century. The Flamels and Josh race to save her. In the meanwhile Scathach and Joan of Arc with help of Lord Tammuz - Sumerian god of food and vegetation - are reunited with Comte "Frances" de Saint-Germain, William Shakespeare and Palamedes in the shadow-realm. They meet the mysterious hooded hook-handed man - who had been following all these folks from the time Dee entered the bookshop a few days ago. The hook-handed man take them through several shadow-realms to the Earth that was ten thousand years ago, to the Danu Talis when it still existed.

Dee, although declared unwanted, is not without powers. He has the Clarent-Excalibur united sword and also Durendal and Joyeuse - all four ancient Swords of Power. With his arrogance still intact, he enlists the help of an old acquaintance, Virginia Dare - first White Christian born in British Colonies in the New World. His plans change drastically and the Dark Elder masters are his target now.

Josh and the Flamels rescue Sophie but Aoife and Niten form ally with them. As they travel to meet Prometheus -the Master of Fire - to learn the magic of Fire, Josh gets separated and joins with Dee. Dee manipulates Josh to summon Coatlicue - Aztec goddess who gave birth of moon, stars and the god of sun and war; also called as mother of gods.

The book ends with Josh separated from his sister Sophie - both supporting the opposite ends, Aoife lost in the battle and Flamels still weak while the Dark Elders plan for their return. How will the story proceed further and what becomes the future of the twins and the worlds involved is beyond imagination. It can spin in any way but which way did Michael Scott spin it. This is such a cliffhanger because of which makes me like this book better. Looking forward to post about the next episode.
Tags: books, critique by amateur, reviews, secrets of nick flamel

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