Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Magician by Michael Scott

This is the second in the series "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel". My son had told me that the second in the series was better than the first. He was right. The first book, The Alchemist, that I reviewed a couple of weeks ago, was a fun story, but Scott kept using plot devices that were pretty cliche. Scott seems to have hit his stride with this book. It is fresher and the characters are more fully realized. In this story the main characters, Sophie and Josh Newman, meet even more famous people who are immortals, some good and some bad. One of my favorite characters in this book is Machiavelli. He is a bad guy, but deliciously complicated and very classy, just as one would imagine the writer of The Prince to be. There are some good battle scenes and new monsters. There is also conflict between the siblings because Josh is jealous of Sophie's newly acquired magical powers. This is a promising round two and I am eager to read #3. (464 p.)

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