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The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Magical twins take on Paris in exciting sequel.

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+


Very innovative and original. Extremely exciting. Violence is not really an issue, especially not if the kid has read Harry Potter. Real science fiction, very thrilling.

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THE MAGICIAN is just as fun and exciting as the first book. Maybe even more so, because now Sophie's powers have been awakened and she gets to try them out -- and she's really got some neat tricks up her sleeve, especially after she trains in Saint-Germaine's fire magic. Twin Josh is brooding over not having his powers awakened yet -- and makes some "what were you thinking?!" decisions because of it -- but he still gets a heroic warrior moment with a particularly nasty monster.

The book takes readers all over Paris -- even below it into the creepy catacombs -- where all sorts of historical and mythological figures pop up. The author, an authority on mythology and folklore, really unleashes some fascinating creatures on readers and barely restrains himself from delving into each character's complex history -- which is why the book, which takes place over just a couple of days, is close to 500 pages. No matter. This world is fun and exciting enough to let a little extra learning slip in.

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