The Sorceress (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

The Sorceress (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Michael Scott

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Having fled a destroyed Paris, Nicolas Flamel and the twins are now in England with their every move being tracked by John Dee, the Dark Elders, and their denizens, who are now convinced that Sophie and Josh are the twins of legend. In the meantime, Flamel's wife, Perenelle, the titular sorceress, is attempting to escape Alcatraz.


Having fled a destroyed Paris, Nicolas Flamel and the twins are now in England with their every move being tracked by John Dee, the Dark Elders, and their denizens, who are now convinced that Sophie and Josh are the twins of legend. In the meantime, Flamel's wife, Perenelle, the titular sorceress, is attempting to escape Alcatraz.

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Weaving yet more figures from history and myth into the third of his six-volume fantasy, Scott whisks teenage twins Sophie and Josh to London, the stronghold of archnemesis John Dee, for an encounter with Gilgamesh-a half-senile street bum in this era but a master of Water Magic and the oldest human immortal of them all. The twins feel their ways into new powers in the course of a running battle toward (where else?) Stonehenge with the Horned God, the Wild Hunt and other foes. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, their guardian Flamel's gifted wife Pernelle survives clouds of poisonous insects and attacks from the octopus-legged Old Man of the Sea to escape from Alcatraz Island. Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion. He also continues to blur the line between the two sides, injecting notes of ambiguity that will leave readers wondering. Ending in a welter of revelations, reunions and unresolved plotlines, this page-turner promises plenty of action to come. (Fantasy. 11-13)

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Demco Media
Publication date:
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series, #3
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Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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“I think I see them.”

The young man in the green parka standing directly beneath the huge circular clock in St. Pancras station took the phone away from his ear and checked a blurred image on the screen. The English Magician had sent the image: the picture was grainy, the colors washed and faded, and it looked liked it had been taken from an overhead security camera. It showed an older man with short gray hair, accompanied by two blond-haired teens, climbing onto a train.

Rising up on his toes, the young man swiveled his head, looking for the trio he’d glimpsed. For a moment, he thought he’d lost them in the milling crowd, but even if he had, they wouldn’t get far: one of his sisters was downstairs; another was in the street outside, watching the entrance.

Now, where had the old man and the teenagers gone?

Narrow, pinched nostrils opened wide as the young man sorted through the countless scents in the station. He identified and dismissed the mixed stink of too many humani, the myriad perfumes and deodorants, the gels and pastes, the greasy odor of fried food from the station’s restaurants, the richer aroma of coffee and the metallic oily tang of the train engines and carriages. He closed his eyes and tilted his head back.

The odors he was seeking were older, wilder, unnatural. . . .


Mint: just the merest suggestion.
Orange: no more than the vaguest hint.
Vanilla: little more than a trace.

Hidden behind small rectangular sunglasses, blue-black eyes opened wide and his head swiveled, following the gossamer threads of scent through the vast train station. Hehad them now!

The gray-haired older man, wearing black jeans and a scuffed leather jacket, was striding down the station concourse directly toward him. There was a small overnight case in his left hand. He was followed by the two teenagers, alike enough to be brother and sister. The boy was taller than the girl, and they were both wearing backpacks.

The young man snapped a quick picture with his cell phone camera and sent it to Dr. John Dee. Although he had nothing but contempt for the English Magician, there was no point in making an enemy of him. Dee was the agent of the most dangerous of all the Elders.

Pulling the hood of his parka over his head, he turned away as the trio drew level with him, and dialed his sister, who was waiting downstairs. “It’s definitely Flamel and the twins,” he murmured into the phone, speaking the ancient language that had eventually become Gaelic. “They’re heading in your direction. We’ll take them when they get onto the Euston Road.”

The young man in the hooded parka set off after the Alchemyst and the American twins. He moved easily through the early-afternoon crowd, looking like just another teenager, anonymous and unnoticed in his sloppy jeans, scuffed sneakers and overlarge coat, his head and face concealed by the hood, his eyes invisible behind the sunglasses.

Despite his form, the young man had never been remotely human. He and his sisters had first come to this land when it was still joined to the European continent, and for generations they had been worshipped as gods. He bitterly resented being ordered about by Dee–who was, after all, nothing more than a humani. But the English Magician had promised the hooded boy a delectable prize: Nicholas Flamel, the legendary Alchemyst. Dee’s instructions were clear; he and his sisters could have Flamel, but the twins must not be touched. The boy’s thin lips twisted. His sisters would take the boy and girl, while he would have the honor of killing Flamel. A coal-black tongue licked cracked dry lips. He and his sisters would feast for weeks. And, of course, they would keep the tastiest morsels for Mother.

Nicholas Flamel slowed, allowing Sophie and Josh to catch up with him. Forcing a smile, he pointed to the thirtyfoot- tall bronze statue of a couple embracing beneath the clock. “It’s called The Meeting Place,” he said loudly, and then added in a whisper, “We’re being followed.” Flamel grasped Josh’s arm with iron-hard fingers. “Don’t even think about turning around.”

“Who?” Sophie asked.

“What?” Josh said tightly. He was feeling nauseated; his newly Awakened senses were overwhelmed by the scents and sounds of the train station. The light was so sharp he wished he had a pair of sunglasses to shield his eyes.

“ ‘What?’ is the better question,” Nicholas said grimly. He raised a finger to point up to the clock, as if he were talking about it. “I’m not sure what it is,” he admitted. “Something ancient. I felt it the moment we stepped off the train.”

“Felt it?” Josh asked.

“A tingle, like an itch. My aura reacted to the aura of whoever–whatever–is here. When you have a little more control of your own auras, you’ll be able to do the same.” Tilting her head back, as if she were admiring the latticework of the metal-and-glass ceiling, Sophie slowly turned.

Crowds swirled around them. Most seemed to be locals, though there were plenty of tourists, many stopping to have their photographs taken in front of The Meeting Place or the huge clock. No one seemed to be paying them any particular attention.

“What can we do?” Josh asked. “I can boost Sophie’s powers. . . .”

“No,” Flamel snapped. “You can only use your powers as an absolute last resort. As soon as you activate your aura, it will alert every Elder, Next Generation and immortal within a ten-mile radius, and here, just about every immortal you encounter is allied to the Dark Elders. Also, in this land, it could awaken others, creatures best left sleeping.”

“But you said we’re being followed,” Sophie protested.

“That means Dee knows we’re here.”

Flamel urged the twins to the left, away from the statue, hurrying them toward the exit. “I would imagine there are watchers in every airport, seaport and railway station across Europe. Although Dee might have suspected that we were heading to London, the instant either of you activates your aura, he’ll know for certain.”

From the Hardcover edition.

Meet the Author

Michael Scott is an authority on mythology and folklore. You can visit him at He lives in Dublin, Ireland.

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The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #3) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 858 reviews.
Piny More than 1 year ago
I was walking the aisles in Barnes & Noble and was surprised to see the third book in the Flamel Series. It was an intense read that I could not put down. It kept me on the edge of my bed every night. I highly recommend the entire series for teen readers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sorceress By Michael Scott Pub. Date: May 2009 5 out of 5 stars PG-13 - Violence Recommended Nicholas Flamel was able to get the twins, Josh and Sophie, out of Paris, France, but it seems only to bring them to an even more dangerous place, London. In a city that Dee and the Dark Elders completely control, every corner hides a person that may finally be able to capture them, or worse. kill them. They are not helpless though, with Sophie already trained in two elemental magics, Nick's knowledge, and Josh's sword, but any presence of their auras will alert everyone in the city to their location. Even if the twins survive the streets of London, they may not survive the encounter with the Water magic teacher. For Nicholas has been hiding the fact from them that this man is completely and utterly insane. The Sorceress isn't only an action-adventure fantasy for teen boys, but also a thrilling, mysterious ride for all ages and genders. Not only is The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series exciting, but also great books to use in the classroom. Many characters are based on historical figures. You could easily use these books as interest builders for history class. Even Science, Math, and Physics classes could be aided in teaching students by these books. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series uses Intelligent Fighting tactics. The characters aren't just bashing the bad guys on the head with hammers, but using physics, gravity, common sense, distance estimation, probabilities, erosion, and more to take out the bad guys. These are all things that are taught in school, but not always met with interest from students. These books could turn that around! A fourth of all the sentences started with either he, she, or they. Though that is not a very sophisticated writing technic, it doesn't impinge my love of the books at all The Sorceress kept me on my tiptoes the whole time. Each chapter had a different cliffhanger, so it was impossible to stop reading! Someone should really add an advertisement page after each chapter, because seriously, I was waiting for the commercials to begin. Also, every character, be them minor, major, hero, or villian, had to face their different dilemmas in their own narrated chapters. I never knew who would be in the next chapter, or when we would get back to a different one. Warning, you will not be able to put this book down! Date Reviewed: May 20th, 2009 For more book reviews and book information check out my blog at
Kristafee More than 1 year ago
My husband and I started reading the series a few months back and we couldn't wait for The Sorceress to come out. He devoured it in about a week. I love how Michael Scott mixes myths and legends from all across history and cultures with modern time and issues. The plight of Sofie and Josh are just as engaging and suspenseful as the predicament Nicholas and Parry are in. We can't wait for The Necromancer to be published.
FaeriesRreal More than 1 year ago
I would reccommend this book to all ages. I suggest reading the first two first, though. The worst thing about this book and all in the series, is waiting for the next one to come out. Definitely read them!! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like The Alchemist and The Magician, the first two books in this series by Michael Scott, The Sorceress is a real page turner. Scott weaves his extensive knowledge of folklore and mythology thoughout the books, creating an exciting story with interesting characters. I stayed up late several nights reading. I'd say to myself, "All right, I'll go to bed at the end of this chapter," only to have it end with a cliffhanger so I'd have to read on. And I'm 52 years old! My best friend's 15 year old son and I had a race to see who could finish The Sorceress first. (He won.) We can't wait for The Necromancer to be released.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
These are fast-paced can't put it down until your finished kind of books, and this edition to the series is no exception. However, I find myself wanting a lot more from them and the world that Scott is creating. Don't get me wrong, I really do love these books, but I have a lot of general qualms with them. I want more magic, and I want to know how the magic is being created. When we all were transported to Hogwarts, there was an explanation of how the magic worked throughout the world, which had very particular rules about what one can do when and how long it takes to acquire that knowledge. So, ok, I know that Scott is not trying to recreate the Potter world, but it would be nice to know what rules the magic of this world operates from. The best explanation that we get at any point from either of the twins is, "I don't know, somehow you just know how to do it." I think this is a travesty and is missing out on a crucial element of drawing us into the story. How are they developing these abilities? How do they feel as they're creating the magic? Every once in a while we get a peek into the whole thing, but it's not nearly often enough. Even the other immortals have cool spells that I'd like to get a little more depth on. Most of the time, they simply say, a shaman taught me this, or I learned this from Circe. You learned what from Circe? Is it a spell that you say? How are you creating the magic? Anyway, past all that, it's a fun read and, in my opinion, more engaging than the first two. Josh and Sophie have generally become less whiney and are starting to jump into this whole being special and having magical abilities thing. Also, not to spoil it, but there's an interesting plot twist that happens right at the end of the book. -Lindsey Miller, lindseyslibrary
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!! Need I say more?! I think this book was wonderfully written. I felt as if I was there with  Sophie and Josh the whole time. I couldn't put it down! If you are debating about reading this book, or starting the series, READ THE WHOLE SERIES! You will not be disappointed at all! Trust me! WARNING! DO NOT READ THE EPILOGUE UNLESS YOU HAVE THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES!!!!!!!!!  I hope this review helped, (Please click yes if it did) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Sorceress is the 3rd book in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. I highly recommend this book for sit-down-and-relax reading and also plane-riding, as it has a lot of mystery, adventure, and action. This book is fun and excited and, in my opinion, great for rereads.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome! Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the rest of the series. Couldn't put it down.
Patrika51 More than 1 year ago
Just finished this 3rd book this morning and until I got within the last 50 pages thought this was the last in the series. Then I got withint 20 pages of the end and knew the series wasn't over. Rather happy about that. So I got on line and ordered the last two books (book 4 and 5) that I intend to begin today. I'm hooked on Michael Scott's series of Nicolas Flamel and belive you will be too. History, magic, and possibilities abound. He has a great imagination that stirs yours as you read. No movie could do this series justice, just as about all movies fail to live up to the pictures that are created in your mind as you read the story. Continue to highly recommend this story to any age group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it once and just had to read it again
nmarzola More than 1 year ago
I love this series! I have enjoyed every step of the journey the twins and the Flamels have been on. I tore through the first three books in the series in a weeks time, not being able to put the books down. I am on the forth and am enjoying that one. This is a great series, a must have if you like the world of magic!
Cuchillo More than 1 year ago
As I said in the other two reviews, this series is one of my favorites. The action does not stop. I'm hooked. Hard to put down, wonderfully developed characters, great plot line, suspense galore. I love that a number of the main characters are based on actual people. Flamel and his wife really existed, Google his name. His house in Paris still stands. The myth is that he discovered immortality based on the fact that he was wealthy, but no wealth was discovered when he died. His grave was dug up to see if gold was buried with him and he was no longer in it! This is fact that the author extrapolated into this wonderful series. John Dee is based on a real person too
emmanuel ebirim More than 1 year ago
Good book for people that like fasntasy and action books
Anonymous 20 days ago
Couldnt put it down
Anonymous 21 days ago
Loved the book but i have to point out factual error on page 353 let me know if anyone finds it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is such a well written page-tuurner!! I absolutely share the love the twins have for eachother,with the books!I wouldnt be able to put this book down if I wanted to! I love you, Nicholas!!! :3
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josh sides wity dee in later book
ForEverAFantasy More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book and I am Addicted. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book just is very descriptive and prepares you for the Nercromancer. It is very enjoyable read.
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