He holds the secret that can end the world. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. ... read more
Sophie and Josh Newman are working at a bookstore and a cafe when Dr. John Dee attacks the bookstore in which Josh works, seeking the magical book known as the Codex. There, Sophie and Josh witness Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel using magic, and discover that Nicholas is not a bookseller but is... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Sophie and Josh Newman are working at a bookstore and a cafe when Dr. John Dee attacks the bookstore in which Josh works, seeking the magical book known as the Codex. There, Sophie and Josh witness Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel using magic, and discover that Nicholas is not a bookseller but is indeed an ancient alchemyst being kept alive by making the elixir of life (from the Codex) that he brews for himself and Perenelle. He needs the Codex back to make the elixir of life again, or he and Perenelle will die before the month's end. Also, if Nicholas does not retrieve the Codex, Dee will summon the Dark Elders to destroy the world and return to an age in which humans are but slaves and food. Flamel quickly takes them to a Dojo to enlist the aid of Scathach, an extremely powerful ally. Dee assaults the Dojo, but is thwarted by Flamel and Scathach. Flamel then leads the twins and Scathach to attempt to secure the aid of Hekate, who can awaken the twins' magical potential. Dee discovers this, and enlists the aid of Bastet, and Morrigan. The trio mount a massive assault on Hekate's shadowrealm, attempting to destroy the Yggdrasill that is the heart of Hekate's power. While the Yggdrasill is attacked, Hekate Awakens Sophie; she does not Awaken Josh, as the Yggdrasill is then lit on fire and she rushes to defend her home. After a long, grueling battle, Scathach clears a path for the twins and Flamel. While escaping, they encounter Dee, and witness the power of the ancient sword known as Excalibur, which he draws. They see him transform a wereboar into pure ice, then shatter the statue. Scathach remarks that she thought that Excalibur had been lost when Artorius died. The twins, Scathach, and Flamel escape the shadowrealm rapidly after, shortly before the destruction of Hekate, the Yggdrasill, and the entire shadowrealm. As they escape, Dee uses Excaliber to freeze the Yggdrasill, and Hekate, whose life and power is linked to the tree, transforms to ice as it does. As this occurs, Dee is informed that Flamel and Scathach have escaped with the twins. In his rage, he shatters the Yggdrasill, which crushes Hekate into dust, killing her. At this point, they travel to Scathach's grandmother, the Witch of Endor (also called "The Mistress of Air"), who teaches Sophie her magical secrets quickly by giving the girl all her memories. While they are there, Dee has found out that the prophecy in the Codex speaks of Sophie and Josh. He tempts Josh to join him, while practicing necromancy and raising thousands of corpses to assault the Elders and Sophie with. Josh almost agrees, but at the last moment he realizes he will lose Sophie if he agrees, and distracts the necromancer long enough to escape with Scathach, Sophie and Nicholas using a leygate (where lines of energy, or ley lines on the globe cross) to escape to Paris, where the book ends. The book ends with the conclusion that the Witch has survived and Dee is still searching, leaving the book with a cliffhanger.
“I am old now, so old. Do you know how many friends I've buried over the centuries?”Nicholas Famel
“The two that are one, the one that is all.”Abraham The Mage
It was commonly held in all the ancient magical books that there were four elements of magic: Air and Water, Earth and Fire. But centuries of study had revealed to Nicholas that there were, in fact, five elemental forces of magic. The fifth force was the magic of Time, the greatest of all magics.Highlighted by 108 Kindle customers
“Every magical creature is kept animated by a spell that is either in or on its body. All you have to do is remove it to break the spell. Remember that.”Highlighted by 102 Kindle customers
“I would like to introduce you to Scathach. She’ll probably not tell you much about herself, so I’ll tell you that she is of the Elder Race and has trained every warrior and hero of legend for the past two thousand years. In mythology she is known as the Warrior Maid, the Shadow, the Daemon Slayer, the King Maker, the—”Highlighted by 98 Kindle customers
The aura has even been photographed by a Russian couple called the Kirlians.Highlighted by 95 Kindle customers
“There are those who will tell you that the magic of Fire or Water or even Earth is the most powerful magic of all. They are wrong. The magic of Air surpasses all others. Air can extinguish fire. It can churn water to mist and can rip up the earth. But air can also bring fire to life, it can push a boat across still water, can shape the land. Air can clean a wound, can pluck a splinter from a fingertip. Air can kill.”Highlighted by 91 Kindle customers
Gilgamesh and Cuchulain, Atlas and Hippolytus, Beowulf and Ilya of Murom.Highlighted by 90 Kindle customers
“Morrigan.” The ancient Irish had called her the Crow Goddess, and she was worshipped and feared throughout the Celtic kingdoms as the Goddess of Death and Destruction. Once there had been three sisters: Badb, Macha and the Morrigan,Highlighted by 86 Kindle customers
Hekate.” He pronounced the name slowly, “HEH-ca-tay.” “The Goddess with Three Faces,”Highlighted by 85 Kindle customers
“Last person I knew to have a pure silver aura was the woman you know as Joan of Arc.”Highlighted by 82 Kindle customers
simulacra, artificial creatures grown in vats of putrid bubbling liquid.Highlighted by 74 Kindle customers
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