The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4)

The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4)

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by Michael Scott

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Read the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

San Francisco:

   After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and

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Read the fourth book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

San Francisco:

   After fleeing to Ojai, then Paris, and escaping to London, Josh and Sophie Newman are finally home. And after everything they've seen and learned in the past week, 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?


   Dr. Dee underestimated Perenelle Flamel's power. Alcatraz could not hold her, Nereus was no match for her, and she was able to align herself with the most unlikely of allies. But she wasn't the only one being held on the island. Behind the prison's bars and protective sigils were a menagerie of monsters-an army for Dee to use in the final battle. And now Machiavelli has come to Alcatraz to loose those monsters on San Francisco.

   Perenelle might be powerful, but each day she weakens, and even with Nicholas back at her side, a battle of this size could be too much for her. Nicholas and Perenelle must fight to protect the city, but the effort will probably kill them both.


   Having been unable to regain the two final pages of the Codex, Dee has failed his Elder and is now an outlaw-and the new prey of all the creatures formerly sent to hunt down Flamel.

   But Dee has a plan. With the Codex and the creatures on Alcatraz, he can control the world. All he needs is the help of the Archons. But for his plan to work, he must raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead. For that, he'll have to train a necromancer. And the twins of legend will make the perfect pupils. . .

Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:

The Alchemyst

[STAR] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—School Library Journal, Starred
The Magician

[STAR] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and well-timed revelations.”—Kirkus Reveiws, Starred
The Sorceress

“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion….This page –turner promises plenty of action to come.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Necromancer

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

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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
[STAR] “[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” —School Library Journal, Starred
[STAR] “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

Josh and Sophie are back in San Francisco, but their troubles are far from over and their questions far from resolution. Meanwhile, a drama is unfolding on nearby Alcatraz that threatens to break prison bars and engulf the entire City on the Bay. Michael Scott's fourth Nicholas Flamel novel is clearly the most exciting and revealing yet. Editor's recommendation.

VOYA - Jan Chapman
In this fourth installment of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, Scott continues the story of Josh and Sophie Newman, twins with magical powers that hold the key to the survival of humanity. It's the basic "good guys vs. bad guys" scenario, but things become complicated when the twins realize that the magician, Nicholas Flamel, who has heretofore been their mentor, may be manipulating them for his own purposes. The twins also begin to comprehend that the line between good and evil is often blurred, calling into question their own motivations. Their main foe, the villainous Dr. John Dee, hopes to use necromancy to raise the Mother of the Gods from the dead in a desperate bid to save himself and control the world. As always, it is up to the twins, along with an assortment of supernatural allies, to stop him. This popular fantasy series, although entertaining, suffers from "kitchen sink" syndrome in its plot and characters. There are enough plot twists for two novels and the plethora of characters/supernatural beings can be confusing. As a result, towards the end of the novel, the story begins to sink under its own weight. This will not deter many readers, though, or fans of this series, who have grown used to the excess of riches. Scott ends the novel with the promise of another book in the series. One hopes that the emphasis will be on continuing to explore the growth of Sophie and Josh, even if that means sacrificing a monster or two. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel are running out of time. They have lost the Codex which includes the Immortality Spell and they're aging rapidly. They need to call on twins Sophie and Josh Newman again for assistance. This fourth installment in "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" is a rollicking ride through modern San Francisco and London as well as through the Shadowrealms. Will the Newman twins prove to be the twins of prophecy who can save the world? Alcatraz is full of monsters just waiting to invade San Francisco. Dr. Johnathan Dee is confident he will finally defeat the Flamels. Historical figures such as Machiavelli; Shakespeare; and Billy the Kid, as well as mythical characters Thor; Prometheus; and Palamedes, and a Knight of the Round Table join the battle for control of the world. While this novel can stand on its own, newcomers to the series may find the relationships among all of the characters confusing. However, like this reviewer, they will be eager to read the earlier novels and anxiously await the next. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Nicholas Flamel is dying, and the spell from the Codex that renews his immortality is in the possession of the evil John Dee. Reunited with his wife, Perenelle, Flamel hopes to use his remaining power to prevent the monsters now on the island of Alcatraz from escaping. Meanwhile, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid have come to San Francisco to achieve the opposite, releasing the monsters to destroy the city. Twins Sophie and Josh are also back in San Francisco, where Sophie is kidnapped by Aoife, the twin sister of Scathach, the Celtic warrior who had been protecting them. Josh is beginning to doubt whether he is on the right side of things. John Dee is now persona non grata with the Dark Elders, having failed to capture the siblings in London. Trying to escape his inevitable judgment, Dee teams up with Virginia Dare to find his way to Josh so that he can train him as a Necromancer. With this power, Josh can raise Coatlicue, the Mother of All the Gods, from the dead, and thus allow Dee to take over the world himself. Depending on one's point of view, all of these plot elements can either be disconcerting or can serve to create a sense of unrelenting forward momentum, taking readers breathlessly through to the end. The end in this case is a huge cliff-hanger, carrying with it an enormous sense of melancholy and moral ambiguity. This book will thrill fans of the series who are willing to stick with it to the conclusion.—Tim Wadham, St. Louis County Library, MO

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series, #4
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Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.92(h) x 0.92(d)
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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“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.”

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The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #4) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 860 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
Shivayam More than 1 year ago
I was in anticipation for the fourth installment of the The Series of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, and was correct in thinking that this book would not be what I expected. In fact it was greater than what I was expecting! The characters of Sophie and Josh make for quite the drama and actually had me siding with Josh's decision in the end. Although I would have rather if he teamed up with Machiavelli instead of (insert name here after reading the book). But that is just my opinion. Anyway, the story keeps you on the edge of the seat and really makes the reader ask the question, "Who do I trust?". The cast of imaginative characters creates this feel of a real adventure that is about to unfold right before your very eyes. I recommend this book to all who enjoy some fantasy, some action, and a whole lot of "everything but the kitchen sink"!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's almost like an exotic fruit. We've never encountered anything like this book before and is packed full of thrills, mysteries, and a mouthful of suspense. Keep conjuring up those books Michael Scott.
Carla Buddensieg More than 1 year ago
memsie More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series thus far - but this book seemed determined to get the reader only as far as "to be continued." As with "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One," (the movie) the ending does not seem to stand on its own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book, and I noticed something. These books are so thoroughly intertwined that you have to remember almost every single name, date, or character. (I didn't) There are so many references to the other books, and mythologies. That's not a complaint! Also, the book is full of suspense, and ominous hints of doom and the end of the world. This book is a good read with lots of stopping points, and nice, short chapters. Most likely I will read the other three again, and then see how good a book it really is. Although clearly not a stand alone novel, The Necromancer is a great book. I would highly recommend this book for all those who have read, and enjoyed The Alchemyst, The Magician, and The Sorceress.
KappaSig820 More than 1 year ago
Wow...again...Another amazing addition to this series. I remember walking into B&N a few years ago looking for something interesting to read...and what caught my eye? the first of this series. I was hooked after the first few pages of that book. And the second and third were no different. This was a novel I waited on for an entire year to come out. And after rushing to B&N on the 25th when it came out, I couldn't put it down. It was a great read, action and suspense around every turn. And I can't wait for the next installment.
Psychoword More than 1 year ago
Michael Scott's "Necromancer" is a wonderful continuation of his "Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" series. Scott manages to keep the rapid pace of his series going in this fourth installment of the series. The action scenes are even more fast-paced, if that is possible, and ensnare the reader thoroughly. While Scott's writing style is geared more toward the teen to young-adult audience, there is still much for older adults to like in this book as well. Scott, with his extensive background knowledge of mythology and folklore, manages to spin a tale which takes a vast array of mythological material and not only combine all these ideas into a coherent story, but actually manage to make the reader feel as if this tale could actually take place in the real world. While Scott takes liberties in his recreation of these myths, he still preserves enough of the history to pique an adult's interest. The only drawback that I see to Scott's writing is that his character development is sketchy. While the reader gets background information on all the characters, it seems that further development, from an emotional standpoint, is necessary to completely explain some of the actions in this story. For instance, without giving away any of the plot, there is a surprising twist right at the end of this book that makes absolutely no sense, given what we know of the characters involved. On the contrary, this decision seems completely the opposite of what it should have been. In this one case, it felt as if Scott was simply looking for a way to extend the series further. Altogether, "Necromancer", and the series as a whole, is a must-read for anyone young at heart who believes that there is at least a shred of truth in the ghost stories we tell our children. This book is completely engaging, true to itself, and virtually impossible to put down.
GMA48 More than 1 year ago
This is book was just as good as all of the others in this series. Excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think the series is an awesome series and i do agree that they need to hurry up and get it over with..............but still i great book that you NEED to read.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sophie and Josh return home, unsure what to tell their Aunt about their adventures of the past few days. They certainly can't tell her the truth. As they walk up the road, they notice a car outside the house. Curious and hesitant, they approach the car. A woman exits and they believe it's someone they know. However, almost too late, they realize it's an identical twin. Sophie ends up kidnapped and Josh left scrambling behind. In order to save his sister, he travels back to the start of their adventure, the Flamels. Once he confides in them, they quickly follow after Sophie. The Flamels don't have much time and they have already decided to fight before things spiral too far out of control, even though it might be the last thing they accomplish. They find Sophie and those watching over her. Together, they come up with a plan of attack. Before they can accomplish their goals, they request someone to awake the fire powers in Josh. He readily agrees to the plan, already feeling inferior to his twin. However, the Flamels didn't consider Dr. Dee in their planning. While his masters aren't pleased with his failures, Dr. Dee always has a plan. This plan includes taking over the world, but he needs Josh in order to set his plan in motion. Will Josh cross over to the other side and leave his twin and the Flamels behind? The fourth book in this wonderful series won't disappoint fans with its magic, history, mythology, clever characters, evil plots, and strong sibling bonds. THE SECRETS OF THE IMMORTAL NICHOLAS FLAMEL is addicting and will leave readers on the edge of their seats.
Lindsay_Reviews More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest; I have not read the first three books of this series. I'll be honest again; I loved this book. I plan on getting the first three as soon as possible so that I can read up on how the story got to where it is (although Michael Scott does an awesome job of setting things up so you can pretty much figure out where everyone stands and how they got there). Easily comparable to the Harry Potter books (you may remember Nicholas Flamel as the original owner of the Sorcerer's Stone in the first book), but don't be confused. Nicholas Flamel was a real person and this series in no way ties into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Throughout the book, there are several different story lines that all work together to create a dynamic and suspenseful plot. The twins, Josh and Sophie, are trying so hard to hone their skills and learn all they can, while at the same time trying to figure out which side is the "good" side in the epic battle that is inevitably coming. The Necromancer leaves off in a real cliff-hanger and I really cannot wait for the next book to come out next year. It's going to be a long wait. If you enjoyed Harry Potter or any other fantasy or young adult fiction, you will likely enjoy The Necromancer as much as I did.
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
After finishing the third book in the series, I started flipping out, I WANTED THE FOURTH BOOK!!!!!! Michael Scott did it again!!!! The  local library didn't carry the fifth book in the series, and since I moved to Europe, it would take a while for the book to get here. I'm very, very,  very disappointed. This book was amazing and I can't wait for the next one!
asc26 More than 1 year ago
I love this series!! Started off reading it randomly and couldn't wait to read the rest. One of the few series that doesnt leave you hanging for information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just started the series on Easter. Thisseries iz 1 ofthe best I'veread so far :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone else notice that nicholas flamel is the name of the guy in harry potter who made the philosophers/sorcerers stone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it. It is full with magic. It is also has adventure. In the begining sophie is kiddnapped by scacths sister aiofe. Josh goes after her, leaving agnes alone. Perry and nicolas have talk. And dee is in a death sentence.
Jessica Mcdonald More than 1 year ago
This book was freat and had a good summary. The beginning really pulls you in from the beginning. When you finish one book,the author leaves you hanging on a cliffhanger, and you just want to get your haands on the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this whole series, would recommend to anyone who loves adventures and magic.
katyeager4 More than 1 year ago
I don't feel silly at all as an adult reading this series. Quick, fun reads that are highly entertaining. Hope to see a movie series done.
Rosie Zhang More than 1 year ago
The necromancer is a must read book for anyone who loves fantasy and or action books! Michael scott does what i think most authors fail to do. Make sequals that are just as captivating as the first book. Sophie and josh have gone back to aunt agnes for the time being............ buut they dont staay for long!read the book to find out more!!!!!!!
LittleLAM More than 1 year ago
This is a great series - It is fun and easy to read - It keeps me turning the pages for sure! - Michael Scott is a wonderful author - I cant wait for The Warlock!
romantic-mommy More than 1 year ago
Been waiting for this book for months. And now that it's finally here it was definitely worth the wait... Excellent! Now for the next one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. It's awesome. can't wait for the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first read the title of the first book, I never knew that the book would be that amazing, I always read it when I need to get away from everyday things and for fun. This book is very well written, I love the way were each paragraph changes characters, for example, one paragraph is about Nicholas then the next one is about Sophie, I think that that kind of writing leaves a mystery and a hunger for the reader to read more and more.