The Warlock (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series #5)

The Warlock (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series #5)

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by Michael Scott

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Read the fifth 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.

The twins of prophecy have been divided--the end has begun.


Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and…  See more details below


Read the fifth 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.

The twins of prophecy have been divided--the end has begun.


Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the humani race.

Danu Talis:

The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And they haven't landed here by chance--the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back in time to Danu Talis and destroy it. For the island of Danu Talis, known in humani myth as the lost city of Atlantis, must fall if the modern world is to exist.

San Francisco:

The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Slophie, or the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.

Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost--forever.

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

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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

VOYA - Anubhuti Kumar
The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel held this reviewer's attention because of the exciting and detailed adventure throughout the entire book. The language and writing style are very descriptive and interesting to read. This book appeals to people who have an interest in historical fiction or mythology. It includes many different characters from history and myths, which really helps connect the story to the outside world. The Warlock combines enjoyment and learning into one awesome package. Reviewer: Anubhuti Kumar, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Jan Chapman
In this fifth installment of the Nicholas Flamel series, twins Sophie and Josh are pitted against each other in an epic struggle between the forces of good and evil. At stake is the future of the human race. Josh has gone over to the dark side and is now in thrall to infamous villain Dr. John Dee and his accomplice, the seductive Virginia Dare. Sophie continues to be loyal to the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, but she is uneasy at how she is now forced to confront her beloved twin brother. The novel also takes us back in time to the lost city of Atlantis, Danu Talis, where the beginning of the conflict began. That is where the forces of good must destroy Danu Talis, preventing the subsequent events that lead inexorably to the end of the planet. Scott has infused new vigor into this installment of his popular adventure series. The conflict between the twins adds tension to an action-packed plot. As always, the host of mythological creatures is somewhat dizzying, but they add to the fun and excitement of the plot. The time-travel subplot taking the characters back to Atlantis is skillfully done and highly enjoyable. Because of the conflict between the twins, these characters seem more developed than in previous installments. The short and highly descriptive sentences propel the reader and complement the rip-roaring pace of the plot. Teens who already enjoy this series will be delighted with this latest installment. Pair this series with Rick Riordan's highly popular mythological fantasy novels. Reviewer: Jan Chapman
Children's Literature - Cynthia Levinson
This cross-cultural, cross-time period, cross-species, cross-geography, cross-genre sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, adventure myth opens with a diary entry written by Perenelle Flamel, Sorceress in a Shadowrealm near San Francisco and almost-widow of Nicholas, an alchemist. The entry summarizes the state that the world has fallen into as of the beginning of this fifth in the series of "Nicholas Flamel" tales. Dr. John Dee and his accomplice, Virginia Dare, have turned teenager Josh Newman into a necromancer, pitting him against his twin, Sophie, who remains loyal to the dying Flamel. Following a host of fast-paced adventures that swing between two time periods and multiple worlds, the characters—human (for instance, Shakespeare), mythological (including Prometheus), and fantastical—return to Danu Talis, the lost city of Atlantis, where the stories began and where good and evil combat to save or destroy the planet. With the help of Niten, Sophie must find an Immortal to teach her Earth Magic. Meanwhile, Josh, unbeknownst to Dee, holds the final two pages of the Codex, which would give Dee the power to overthrow the Elders. Sophie ultimately finds her teacher in a satisfyingly ordinary yet unexpected place. Readers who enjoy this melange of genres and who have read the previous novels will rejoice in this breathlessly energetic novel. Although the scenes and characters are vividly described, readers unfamiliar with the series will have trouble catching up in this creative and complex world. Reviewer: Cynthia Levinson

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Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series , #5
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Sales rank:
800L (what's this?)
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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The Warlock (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series #5) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 900 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
hitmanjls More than 1 year ago
The fifth installment of Scott's fantastic series of mythological and historical inter-fusion could not have come with a better background color for the cover, GOLD! Because that's what this book is! This extremely fast paced title will have you flipping page after page, and before you know it you've polished off the whole thing. And isn't that what a good book is all about? Keeping your hands glued to the covers? Continuing the story of teenagers Josh and Sophie Newman, The Warlock follows the siblings as their paths part ways and they find themselves further and further from each other. Nicholas and Perrenelle Flamel have the odds stacked against them, as they are literally fighting for their lives. The hodgepodge grouping that has stepped back in time to the island nation of Danu Talis, led by the mysterious hook-handed figure of Death, battles against insurmountable foes. The God of War Mars Ultor is awakened, Billy the Kid and Machiavelli struggle with releasing the cache of monsters, Dee and Dare continue to corrupt Josh, and Sophie finds out just who her Aunt Agnes really is! Early in the book we find the ever confusing motives of the Witch of Endor uttering a single line that is true to it's core, "this world is in need of a warlock"! Indeed we were, Mr. Scott... Indeed we were!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had people say to me that they didn't like The secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott. And while I agree that some of the earlier books in the series can get dull, The Warlock just completely blew me away. Some people have complained about there being three-four different points of view, but I find it extremely exciting to see so many different characters' plot lines unfold. This book, like the other books in the series, contains, in my opinion, a very interesting mixture of history and true events in it. Not only does Michael Scott use real people from history, for example, Niccolo Machiavelli, he also includes other history, like the flying vimanas. He also gives a great explanation about the flying vimanas and about the history of flying machines in the back of the book. Some people don't like cliffhangers, but I personally love a good cliffhanger. And Scott did not disappoint. The cliffhanger he left us left me literally gasping aloud when I read. In some cases you are able to easily guess what happens at the end of a book. The ending of The Warlock, however, was in my opinion a complete surprise. I would never have guessed at it in a million years. My only complaint about this book is that the excerpt of the next book was to short, because I really just can not wait until The Enchantress comes out.
dreamingKW More than 1 year ago
While I was worried about the time traveling aspect, the two timelines throughout the book were very easy to follow and distinguish from one another. The action for the group sent to the far distant past (and seemingly far away world of Danu Talis) was non-stop. The current timeline, like in the previous installments, jumps form scene to scene based on certain groupings of characters. This too is action packed and full of surprises. Again we get lots of information about characters new and old. It can feel, from time to time, like you need two charts to help keep track of everything: (1) a family tree to see who is related to each other and how; and (2) a chart to see who is on which side, moment to moment. There are folks flipping sides all over the place. Folks siding with the dark elders revolt and folks on the side of the Flamels revolt as well. It will be interesting to see where everyone ends up in the last book. One twist to confuse it all is revealed on the last page. In my head, I said "what the..? And then I can't believe I was right because I predicted it1" (So you know it's a good one!) We get an excellent explanation of magic from the Earth Magic teacher. And we get two very different "teachings". Both are interesting, but nothing like what we've seen before. We learn more about how one's aura is involved and that both twins are more capable then realized when it comes to the magic that we know. We learn lots of things about the characters and relationships. Some, I was hoping for, some was speculated on, and some questions are still hanging out there (of course, otherwise, what use would the last book be?). There were funny moments, although they were less often then in previous books. It seems this is likely due to that fact that we are getting seriously close to the end of the story and the stakes have risen. The time the Flamels have left is even less and the world still needs to be saved. The dialogue and the interaction between the characters is wonderful. The author continues to amaze me with his ability to paint the picture of the scene in my mind. The addition of details such as the color of character's eyes, the clothes they are wearing, and the scents of their auras give enough details to be so very vivid in my mind, yet the details don't overpower the story line, nor do they add unnecessary length to the book. It is the perfect balance, so that I can get that image and still be moving right along with the action. I think given the events the title "The Warlock" is a little misleading, since **spoiler alert** there are a number of them. But it was wonderful to see who aligned themselves on the side of the humani and who didn't once most of the dust settled. We are introduced to new monsters, new Elders, new magic, flying saucers (yep!!!) and lots of history on many of the characters. Abraham, Agnes, Hel, Odin, Prometheus, Mars, Scatty, are all seen here; that sneaky author with some of these connections! Numerous times I had to stop and digest what I read (in a good way). I was pleasantly surprised that I had guessed a few things (including the "big reveal" at the end - I honestly saw that coming! Yippeeeee for me! Although, I chalk it up to dumb luck since I guessed so many things wrong too!) and totally not surprised by how utterly wrong I was abut others. I still have so many questions. but it is a wonderful book and I can't wait for the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. The entire series is AWESOME. I highly reccomend this book.
Janeth Montenegro More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. The ending was really unexpected.
bookwormmom More than 1 year ago
I have been hooked on these books right from the beginning and my kids are reading their way through them right now. I thought The Warlock was well written and provided a great twist at the end that I did not see coming! The characters are well rounded and the scenes add some interesting history notes, as well. I would highly recommend this entire series.
Patton-Athenae More than 1 year ago
After reading this latest installment, I'm officially ready for this series to be finished. The first three books really were so strongly written. I spent three years anticipating the release of book after book from Mr. Scott. Even the fourth book, The Necromancer, was rather enjoyable but I felt that it became a bit tangential. Certain things took a turn in a different direction than I thought the series would go. However, The Warlock was the first of these novels to really lose me. Eventhough I was able to speed through this book, a couple of things became alarmingly obvious. Firstly, The Warlock is not much more than a bit of filler material and it took me nowhere special. The book, which only took place over one day in the story of Nicholas Flamel, was not very eventful. Sure, a couple of things happened, but I think it was really a strike out when it comes to the plot on this one. It was a lot of back story and time travelling and I don't really understand why it was all necessary. What happened to the massive battles a quarter of the way into the story? Why was there no risk with this novel? Secondly, Michael Scott's writing style really became a bit too repetitive. He spent way too much time talking about the same things. At this point you don't need to reference the concept of auras once every chapter...we get it, we've already read four of these books. It even became annoying seeing him use some of the same writing conventions from a grammar standpoint, but maybe I'm being picky. Lastly, why is the story not about Nicholas Flamel anymore?? He may not be the strongest character I've ever read about, but this book was akin to JK Rowling writing a Harry Potter book and then making it predominantly about Ron and Hermione while Harry Potter is taking a nap for 300 pages. So, overall I was very disappointed by this effort of Mr. Scott. Some character names became really hard to pronounce. There was a lot of random comic relief that seemed rather forced and awkward. And to be perfectly honest, he lost me when it came to the flying saucers. For me, The Warlock was just too much of a departure from the plot line that was established in the first three books of the series. Ultimately, it was fun to read because I enjoy these Nicholas Flamel books, but I can't help but wonder if this one would have been better if Michael Scott had taken more than a year to write it.
Reader734 More than 1 year ago
The other books in this series were so good I can't hardly wait til this one comes out. It sounds like the whole book is about sophie though. What's up with that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book i have ever read, it has a lot of twists and turs and it keeps you entertained for hours!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing continuation of the magical Nicholas Flamel series. This book has left me hanging for the Enchantress to come out. This is a fascinating series that I recommend you read.
Erika Waldorf More than 1 year ago
waiting, waiting, OK i jusk cant wait any more!!!!!!!!
Marketa Chandler More than 1 year ago
i read the four pages of it. it rocks. cant wait for this and 6th
Heidi Rosenleaf More than 1 year ago
this series is the best ive waited a year 4 this it better hurry up i want it so much that im gonna have to read it at midnight on may 24th the second it comes out! yet i kinda wanna stop reading the series for like 5 years so that i can read like 6 books before having to wait. Cant wait any longer or im gonna die of a rare disease called icannotwaitanymoreidus. its so frustrating!
Amanda Anderson More than 1 year ago
ahhh!!!!!! ive waited a whole freaking year for this!!!! im gonna explode like a hamstser in a microwave!!!!!!
Bianca Cornthwaite More than 1 year ago
I really can't wait this long! The series is awesome though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay I cant wait to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the first four were so fantastic and fast-paced...i can't wait to get my hands on this one!
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This book is exceedingly well written with amazingly well developed charactors and a great overall plot. The series is great and I have never read such a great series that applies to people who love both fantasy and science fiction. This is definitely a must have book.
sweetcatastropheAS More than 1 year ago
SO AMAZING! I was really pleased with this fifth installment of the SotINF series! The characters who make their debut at the end were such a surprise, although I knew they would come into play at some point. I wonder back towards the middle of the book when they met with a certain character under a different name whether they were who I thought they were. Regardless, I cannot wait to get started on box six. I'm very sad to see the series come to an end, but I really want to see how everything turns out! Like in the other books, this book had great descriptive vocabulary and helped me feel like I was watching a movie rather than reading a book. It's action packed with no plot holes. And, per my usual, I still hate Josh's character. 5 Stars!!!!!
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Not plain awesome but extra times two thousand awesome and twelve thousand times awesome for the whole series. You REALLY should read it. I am telling you READ IT!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the others and this one seems awsome! :)