The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2)

The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2)

by Michael Scott

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ISBN-13: 9780385737289
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 19,029
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 7.94(h) x 1.06(d)
Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

  Michael Scott is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, an authority on mythology and folklore, and one of Ireland’s most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, Michael has been hailed by the Irish Times as “the King of Fantasy in these isles.” The Magician is the second book in the Nicholas Flamel series. Look for book one, The Alchemyst; book three, The Sorceress; book four, The Necromancer; book five, The Warlock; and book six, The Enchantress, all available from Delacorte Press. You can follow Michael Scott on Twitter @flamelauthor and visit him at DillonScott.com.

Read an Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

The charity auction hadn’t started until well after midnight, when the gala dinner had ended. It was almost four in the morning and the auction was only now drawing to a close. A digital display behind the celebrity auctioneer—an actor who had played James Bond on-screen for many years—showed the running total at more than one million euro.

“Lot number two hundred and ten: a pair of early- nineteenth-century Japanese Kabuki masks.”

A ripple of excitement ran through the crowded room. Inlaid with chips of solid jade, the Kabuki masks were the highlight of the auction and were expected to fetch in excess of half a million euro.

At the back of the room the tall, thin man with the fuzz of close-cropped snow white hair was prepared to pay twice that.

Niccolò Machiavelli stood apart from the rest of the crowd, arms lightly folded across his chest, careful not to wrinkle his Savile Row–tailored black silk tuxedo. Stone gray eyes swept over the other bidders, analyzing and assessing them. There were really only five others he needed to look out for: two private collectors like himself, a minor European royal, a once-famous American movie actor and a Canadian antiques dealer. The remainder of the audience were tired, had spent their budget or were unwilling to bid on the vaguely disturbing-looking masks.

Machiavelli loved all types of masks. He had been collecting them for a very long time, and he wanted this particular pair to complete his collection of Japanese theater costumes. These masks had last come up for sale in 1898 in Vienna, and he had then been outbid by a Romanov prince. Machiavelli had patiently bided his time; the masks would come back on the market again when the Prince and his descendents died. Machiavelli knew he would still be around to buy them; it was one of the many advantages of being immortal.

“Shall we start the bidding at one hundred thousand euro?”

Machiavelli looked up, caught the auctioneer’s attention and nodded.

The auctioneer had been expecting his bid and nodded in return. “I am bid one hundred thousand euro by Monsieur Machiavelli. Always one of this charity’s most generous supporters and sponsors.”

A smattering of applause ran around the room, and several people turned to look at him and raise their glasses. Niccolò acknowledged them with a polite smile.

“Do I have one hundred and ten?” the auctioneer asked.

One of the private collectors raised his hand slightly.

“One-twenty?” The auctioneer looked back to Machiavelli, who immediately nodded.

Within the next three minutes, a flurry of bids brought the price up to two hundred and fifty thousand euro. There were only three serious bidders left: Machiavelli, the American actor and the Canadian.

Machiavelli’s thin lips twisted into a rare smile; his patience was about to be rewarded, and finally the masks would be his. Then the smile faded as he felt the cell phone in his back pocket buzz silently. For an instant he was tempted to ignore it; he’d given his staff strict instructions that he was not to be disturbed unless it was absolutely critical. He also knew they were so terrified of him that they would not phone unless it was an emergency. Reaching into his pocket, he pulled out the ultraslim phone and glanced down.

A picture of a sword pulsed gently on the large LCD screen.

Machiavelli’s smile vanished. In that second he knew he was not going to be able to buy the Kabuki masks this century. Turning on his heel, he strode out of the room and pressed the phone to his ear. Behind him, he could hear the auctioneer’s hammer hit the lectern “Sold. For two hundred and sixty thousand euro . . .”

“I’m here,” Machiavelli said, reverting to the Italian of his youth.

The line crackled and an English-accented voice responded in the same language, using a dialect that had not been heard in Europe for more than four hundred years. “I need your help.”

The man on the other end of the line didn’t identify himself, nor did he need to; Machiavelli knew it was the immortal magician and necromancer Dr. John Dee, one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the world.

Niccolò Machiavelli strode out of the small hotel into the broad cobbled square of the Place du Tertre and stopped to breathe in the chill night air. “What can I do for you?” he asked cautiously. He detested Dee and knew the feeling was mutual, but they both served the Dark Elders, and that meant they had been forced to work together down through the centuries. Machiavelli was also slightly envious that Dee was younger than he—and looked it. Machiavelli had been born in Florence in 1469, which made him fifty-eight years older than the English Magician. History recorded that he had died in the same year that Dee had been born, 1527.

“Flamel is back in Paris.”

Machiavelli straightened. “When?”

“Just now. He got there through a leygate. I’ve no idea where it comes out. He’s got Scathach with him. . . .”

Machiavelli’s lips curled into an ugly grimace. The last time he’d encountered the Warrior, she’d pushed him through a door. It had been closed at the time, and he’d spent weeks picking splinters from his chest and shoulders.

“There are two humani children with him. Americans,” Dee said, his voice echoing and fading on the transatlantic line. “Twins,” he added.

“Say again?” Machiavelli asked.

“Twins,” Dee added, “with pure gold and silver auras. You know what that means,” he snapped.

“Yes,” Machiavelli muttered. It meant trouble. Then the tiniest of smiles curled his thin lips. It could also mean opportunity.

Static crackled and then Dee’s voice continued. “The girl’s powers were Awakened by Hekate before the Goddess and her Shadowrealm were destroyed.”

“Untrained, the girl is no threat,” Machiavelli murmured, quickly assessing the situation. He took a breath and added, “Except perhaps to herself and those around her.”

“Flamel took the girl to Ojai. There, the Witch of Endor instructed her in the Magic of Air.”

“No doubt you tried to stop them?” There was a hint of amusement in Machiavelli’s voice.

“Tried. And failed,” Dee admitted bitterly. “The girl has some knowledge but is without skill.”

“What do you want me to do?” Machiavelli asked carefully, although he already had a very good idea.

“Find Flamel and the twins,” Dee demanded. “Capture them. Kill Scathach if you can. I’m just leaving Ojai. But it’s going to take me fourteen or fifteen hours to get to Paris.”

“What happened to the leygate?” Machiavelli wondered aloud. If a leygate connected Ojai and Paris, then why didn’t Dee . . . ?

“Destroyed by the Witch of Endor,” Dee raged, “and she nearly killed me, too. I was lucky to escape with a few cuts and scratches,” he added, and then ended the call without saying good-bye.

Niccolò Machiavelli closed his phone carefully and tapped it against his bottom lip. Somehow he doubted that Dee had been lucky—if the Witch of Endor had wanted him dead, then even the legendary Dr. Dee would not have escaped. Machiavelli turned and walked across the square to where his driver was patiently waiting with the car. If Flamel, Scathach and the American twins had come to Paris via a leygate, then there were only a few places in the city where they could have emerged. It should be relatively easy to find and capture them.

And if he could capture them tonight, then he would have plenty of time to work on them before Dee arrived.

Machiavelli smiled; he’d only need a few hours, and in that time they would tell him everything they knew. Half a millennium on this earth had taught him how to be very persuasive indeed.

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The Magician (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 886 reviews.
theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
tizarose More than 1 year ago
I can't say if I like Book #2 better than Book #1...but I did enjoy it and can't wait to read #3. I'm almost sorry I discovered these books before all five were written because I hate waiting. It's sometimes fun to start a series after it is completely written so you can go from one book to the other. I like the new characters that have appeaared in this book. There is more dimension than just (evil) Dr. Dee. I'm not always sure I think Josh should be overcome with so much doubt just because he is jealous of his sister's powers, but then that could be I just don't want him in Dr. Dee's hands. Since the balance is evened out in this book, it will be interesting to see what happens in Book #3. Compared to some of the other teen series I have read (Harry Potter, Twilight), I definitely put these above the Twilight series and right behind Harry Potter in terms of writing and being a well written book. I love all the combination of myth, fictional and real people. I constantly google someone to read more about them.
Carla Buddensieg More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading the first two books, and the story just keeps getting better and better. I read the first book in 3 days, the second book in 2 days....the third will probably be even quicker! The books are very well written. If you like action-packed adventure and fantasy mixed with mythology, you will really love these books! I can't seem to put them down! Bravo to the author!
sweetcatastropheAS More than 1 year ago
An excellent continuation of a wonderful series. However, I did find one discrepancy regarding the twins relationship to each other, which you are bound to discover for yourself when you read it. A much more intense story, better vocabulary, and for intense than the Alchemyst. If you read the first book and are unsure if you want to continue reading the series, CONTINUE!!!! It only gets better :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this book! Its one of those books that you cant put down. I cant stop reading it!! Scott has done an amazing job in both book 1 & 2, I cant wait to star book 3!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the books of the Nichoals Flamel series. They are a great work and I can't wait till the next one comes out.
JamalJM More than 1 year ago
After running away from Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty arrive in Paris. This is the home of Nicholas Flamel. Niccolo Machiavelli lives in Paris and is working for the evil Dr. Dee and they're tracking Nicholas around the world. Every day Nicholas and Perenelle spend without the book they age one year. While this is happening in Paris Perenelle is being held captive in a cell in Alcatraz guarded by a Sphinx. I would give Michael Scott an A because I loved the way he incorporated magic into a fun exciting story. I also enjoyed all of the surprises the author adds in the book. My favorite part was when Josh went to help save Scatty from the Niddhog because Josh was never a big fan of Scatty. He tended to stay away from Scatty because she was a vampire. That was my favorite surprise and that's why I would give Michael Scott an A. I would recommend this book to 4th to 6th graders because there is a lot of magic that will excite kids. It is also good for 6th graders because there is a thrilling story line that will make you want to read the sequel.
JTS7 More than 1 year ago
The Magician is a nice followup to the success of Michael Scott's thrilling novel, The Alchemyst. The book takes place mainly in Paris as the twins (Josh and Sophie Newman) attempt to escape the clutches of Dr. John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli. This story makes a nice companion to The Alchemyst as Sophie further continues her development of the five magics and Josh begins to wield Clarent, the coward's blade. And Nicholas Flamel further continues his century-old dispute with Dr. John Dee. This thrilling encounter brings in true mythological characters like Nidhogg, the Disir, and other creatures and beings of several multi-cultural myths and legends. All and All, The Magician is a nicely done followup to the roaring success of Michael Scott's first novel in the series, The Alchemyst.
BYS More than 1 year ago
After a narrow escape from California, master Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel, (real) vegetarian vampire Scathach, and the supposedly all-powerful twins Sophie and Josh, find themselves in Paris. Flamel is overjoyed to see the city of his birth in the 1500's, but not everyone is a happy camper. Josh is growing increasingly jealous of his sister's new magic powers. Sophie is growing more and more convinced that the only reason why her little brother (by 26 seconds) is in danger at all is the work of their so-called allies. Like-minded after a disastrous run-in with a ginormous monster, Josh is starting to wonder whether the bad guys might be the good guys after all. I'm afraid that my head will explode if I read The Sorceress anytime soon. Well, that's actually a good thing, because Michael Scott's characters, despite being actual mythological creatures and people, are packed with personality and feeling that make them seem real. The plot, however, got a bit confusing during the climax and the some of the characters started acting a lot less believable in the middle, but otherwise, I loved this sequel to The Alchemyst. The best part for me was the blend of modern and magical, which wasn't too different from the style of Percy Jackson. -Literary Pizazz, literarypizazz.blogspot.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun story intertwined with actual historical locations!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good i liked the first book and loves the sample.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many books by nicholas flamel are there
ahandfulofconfetti on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This book takes place immediately after the end of The Alchemyst, and once again finds Josh, Sophie, Flamel and Scatty on the run for their lives. Admittedly, some of the details about the first half of this book have escaped me, because I started reading it in May 2011 and just now picked it up again a week or so ago. This should probably tell you that I wasn't completely enamored with it.Personally speaking, I didn't find this book quite as enjoyable as the first one. Much of this had to do with the constant non-stop action (which is to be expected, considering that each of these books takes place in one to two days) and also Josh's feelings towards Flamel and his jealousy over Sophie's abilities. I did like the introduction of Joan and absolutely loved Saint-Germain, but am finding myself getting really tired of Josh's constant sureness that Flamel isn't to be trusted regardless of what others' opinions are of him. I also cannot understand why on earth he'd think that Dee is to be trusted. I am not sure what to think about Machiavelli; I like that he doesn't like Dee, but he's also not exactly a great guy himself, especially at the end of the book. I will be interested to see what ultimately becomes of him and his decisions, especially since the Elder we meet in this book (no names to avoid spoilers) also cannot decide what to think of him. I fear for Josh and the debt he's going to have to pay, and also the fact that I am fairly certain he's going to end up siding with Dee. I did like that we got to see more of Perenelle, though. Talk about a fierce female character!I am going to continue on with this series only because I own the other books in the series (of which six have been released). I fear that I am not going to like how many of them turn out, though, which is a shame since I really enjoyed the first one a lot.
cyderry on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is the second installment of the adventures of Josh and Sophie Newman who are the prophesied twins who are to save the Earth from the Dark Elders who are basically a group of evil immortals trying to take over the world and enslave mankind.Sophie in the first book was awakened to her powers and immediately fled with her brother, Nicholas Flamel, and a vampire Warrior guardian Scathach where this book starts in Paris.Flamel with his wife, Perenelle, lived in Paris centuries before but modern day Paris is quite different leading to difficulties for the quartet that are fleeing from the evil Machiavelli and Dr. Dee. Perenelle is already being held captive on Alcatraz and they must save her before Flamel and she age beyond the immortal elixir's magic. In Paris, Flamel meets up with Comte deSaint-Germain, an immortal alchemist of his past and he with his wife, Joan of Arc, teach Sophie the powers of Fire Magic.As the adventures progress and Josh learns of his powers, the battle between good and evil rages. Will the twins learn enough in time to save the world and their friends?What a fun series, and my young friend and I will definitely have fun discussing these adventures. Definitely a series for family entertainment.
gsmattingly on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Very enjoyable and fast read about the Elder Gods, the Immortals, Magicians, Alchemists and more.
majkia on LibraryThing 3 days ago
An okay read, but really I had several issues with this book. Firstly, this immortal guy runs off to Paris with NO PLAN? What's Up with That?I don't like heroes who can do no wrong, and never lose, but at the same time I want them to have a clue. I felt as if throughout most of this book, no one had a clue. And don't get me started on the incompetent bad guys. I suppose it's a good thing they are incompetent since they can't wreck the world, but still... Worst of all, this book does the genius of Niccolo Machiavelli a deep and abiding wrong! ;-}
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I nearly enjoyed this novel more than its predecessor, The Alchemyst. Josh and Sophie's adventures into the world of immortals continue and some new figures come into play, in particular the immortal Machiavelli, whose rivalry with Dr. John Dee spices up the dialog. In addition, Josh and Sophie encounter an immortal Joan of Arc and a few less well-known figures. The fate of some characters is unknown at the novel's conclusion, making me want to jump directly into the sequel.
weeksj10 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I love how it combines myth, magic, and modern life. The idea of historical characters becoming immortal is cool and I will definitely read the entire series. Not crazy about the writing style, but the characters and plot make up for it.
fgjohnson on LibraryThing 3 days ago
I read these kind of books to keep up with Indra's growth. They are fun and more often then not contain a thread of truth in the fantasy, magic, myth and legend. I will read the next books in this series as well.
4sarad on LibraryThing 3 days ago
Great read and great sequel. It was fun to read and all the mythology mixed in kept it really interesting. My only problem with the book was that the bad guys seem pretty easy to evade... but that just seems to come with the reading level of the series. I'm looking forward to reading the third book.
ShaunDevil on LibraryThing 3 days ago
The Magician: SINF, continues on what happened in the first book- the Alchemyst: SINF. The first book was very nice, in my mind, although forgettable if it did not include one of my favourite characters from history (Nicholas Flamel). However, the second book Michael Scott just dropped the ball. Sophie and Josh became annoying in their dis-trustfulness of Flamel. Especially Josh, who takes up the entire book complaining about his lack of powers. He has the kind of complaining that would make anyone want to smack him. The only characters that seem to have progressed at all/did anything interesting were the two villains- Machiavelli and Dr. Dee. Everyone else on the good side was bland and uninteresting other than the Comte de Saint Germaine (because who can honestly go wrong with a fire rocking magician?). Fight scenes were predictable and were easily skipped over. The only thing that saved this book from a 2-star rating was the last few chapters. Those reminded me why I liked this book's predecessor so much. I hope the Sorceress is better than this, and I hope that Josh stops complaining.
sweetirishtreat on LibraryThing 3 days ago
In "The Magician", book two in a series of six, the journey to protect the Codex from the Dr. John Dee continues. You learn much more who Dr. Dee really is and what his intentions with "the book" are. The journey takes you to Paris, France as well and we meet some of Nicholas and Perenele's freinds. The constant struggle to elude Dr. Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli also lends to the growing space between Josh and Sophie now that Josh is fully aware about what it means to havebeen "Awakened". Again, as with "The Alchemist" the happenings in the book take place within the span of two fast paced, exciting days. A very good book that will have you grasping for more as you turn the last page.
theportal2002 on LibraryThing 3 days ago
This is a fantastic book, immortals and magicians racing through the streets of Paris France. Constant action and reference to historical figures....I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
Thankfully, this book greatly picks up the action in the series, and I found it much more enjoyable than the first book. Instead of needing to introduce the strange, magical world of Nicholas Flamel, Scott focuses more on ramping up the stakes for his characters. The baddies who want to turn humans back into slaves are congregating to work together to bring down Flamel and the twins, but Flamel has friends of his own, who are able to help in fight back in this one. This book mostly takes place in France, where they traveled to during the last book using a portal. Sophie is learning fire magic, and Josh is trying to remain patient about everything, but the situation of Sophie having powers and him not having any is wearing on him. Perenelle is still imprisoned, though her storyline also makes progress in this book. (That’s all I can say without revealing spoilers, sorry!) I was much happier with the plot in this one. Tons of action, and the stakes are high — Flamel and the twins are running for their lives, and up against incredible odds, which makes for a brilliant reading experience. The only thing that brought me down in this book was Josh’s character. It’s not a writing flaw or a story flaw, he’s just incredibly whiny and unlikeable, in my opinion. I get very frustrated during his parts, because I want him to get over himself and stop being such a whiny baby! Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening anytime soon. Aside from his character, everything else is great. We meet some FANTASTIC new characters and learn even more about the mythology that rules this world, which is one of my favorite parts of reading books like this. I love all the worldbuilding and connections to myths and legends that we have. If you’re into magic and mythology, definitely give this series a try. I was skeptical with book one, but this book is fantastic, and I’m excited to see what lies ahead. It’s a fairly easy/quick read for those who might get bored easily, too, so it might be a good fit for a reluctant reader.