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The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Nicholas FlamelThe Necromancer

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The fourth book in the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Nicholas FlamelThe Necromancer

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?
 
Alcatraz:
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.
 
London:
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. . .

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Gr 7–10—In the fourth book (Delacorte, 2010) of Michael Scott's fantasy series, twins Josh and Sophie Newman are asked to exercise some of their newly awakened magical skills to help stop the nefarious Dr. John Dee from loosing the evil creatures housed on Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco. While the story is fabulous, weaving in characters from history, mythology, and fantasy (Joan of Arc, Niccolò Machiavelli, William Shakespeare, Billy the Kid, etc.), it doesn't really stand alone. The world that Scott has created is tightly woven and extremely complex. The story's action takes place over just a couple of days, but it manages to span countries, times, and dimensions. Paul Boehmer does a brilliant job of performing an overwhelming number of characters, giving each one a distinct voice. An excellent addition for libraries circulating the first three titles. Fans will not be disappointed.—Genevieve Gallagher. Charlottesville High School, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780552561969
  • Publisher: Corgi Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

Meet the Author

Michael Scott

An authority on mythology and folklore, Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, he has been hailed by the Irish Times as "the King of Fantasy in these isles." The Necromancer is the fourth book in the series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Look for book one, The Alchemyst; book two, The Magician; and book three, The Sorceress, all available from Delacorte Press. You can learn more about these books at www.thealchemyst.com.

You can visit Michael Scott at www.dillonscott.com.

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CHAPTER ONE

“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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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    beautiful cover- excellent read

    I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.

    22 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 25, 2010

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    Michael Scott Has Done It Again

    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"!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2011

    Love+this+series

    The+books+in+this+series+are+brilliantly+written.+They+should+seriously+consider+making+this+into+a+movie.+

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2010

    Awesome Book

    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.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2010

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    Michael Scott Keeps the Series Flying with "Necromancer"

    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.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    #4 and he hasn't let me down again!

    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.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2011

    Disappointing

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2010

    Great Book, but not stand alone.

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Someone

    I just started the series on Easter. Thisseries iz 1 ofthe best I'veread so far :-)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Great - especially for Junior High Age

    This is book was just as good as all of the others in this series. Excellent.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Hi

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    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    Pretty cool

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 10, 2010

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    amazing!

    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...

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    The Necromancer

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    Read

    Nichols flamel was said in harry potter movie

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Great Series!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    LUV THE BOOK ND SERIES....... when i got to chapter thirty-two i

    LUV THE BOOK ND SERIES....... when i got to chapter thirty-two i was like "OMG.......OMG.....OMG.............." Not to be a spoiler or anything, but as an egypt-freak myself, i COULDNT BELIEVE ATEN is machiavelli's master...............still LUUUVVVVV the book!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Nicholas flamel

    Anyone else notice that nicholas flamel is the name of the guy in harry potter who made the philosophers/sorcerers stone?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Awesome

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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