The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

 
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Magical twins take on Paris in exciting sequel.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The twins debate whom to trust as they develop their powers -- one is seduced by power and suffers because of it. The most skilled fighters in the story are all women.

Violence

Flashy sword fights and pyrotechnics against monstrous beasts and the French police. Scary scenes in underground caves with giant spiders and mythological creatures that feed off fear and panic. One main character vanishes and is feared dead. Two others can control fire.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The twins feel rather lost without their iPods, cell phones, and laptops.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this second book in the series has about the same amount of sword fighting and monster battles as the first -- all of it is suspenseful but not gory. The teen twins with magical powers who are at the center of the story are in almost constant danger. There are some scary scenes in underground caves with giant spiders and creatures that feed off fear and panic. One main character vanishes and is feared dead. Two others can control fire.

What's the story?

Suddenly finding themselves in Paris thanks to a magical gateway, California twins Sophie and Josh, the immortal alchemist Nicholas Flamel, and the vampire warrior Scathach must face a new enemy: Machiavelli. He's to collect the magical twins on behalf of the powerful magician Dee. Looking for any ally they can find in Flamel's home city, they run across Saint-Germaine, a former student of Flamel's who's versed in fire magic and currently tops on the techno music charts. But Germaine's house is known to Machiavelli, and it isn't long before scary creatures are unleashed to bring them in.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THE MAGICIAN is just as fun and exciting as the first book, maybe 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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about all of the historical and mythological characters and objects in the story. What is Machiavelli famous for? What else do you know about Excalibur? The Valkyries? Also, many characters in this book are immortal. Do you think this is a gift or a curse? How do other books portray it differently?

Book details

Author:Michael Scott
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Delacorte Press
Publication date:June 24, 2008
Number of pages:496
Publisher's recommended age(s):12

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Kid, 10 years old August 14, 2009
 

GREAT SECOND BOOK

I LOVED THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! I believe this is a GREAT book for ages 10 and up! This book is equally good for both boys and girls. What I really enjoyed about it is that the female characters are strong and just as important as the males.
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Kid, 9 years old November 6, 2012
 

Look down

Iv'e read the whole series but i am too lazy too review every sing one of them so..., This book is really REALLY good it is a must read for adventures seekers and kids 10 & up. I loved it it is action filled and anyone who likes action will love this book plus the whole series. overall book good for ages 10 and up due to the intense violence.
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Too much violence
Parent of a 9 year old Written byTamsie June 7, 2011
 

Great

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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