The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Book review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Magical twins take on Paris in exciting sequel.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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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.


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.


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

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What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byTamsie June 7, 2011


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 t... Continue reading
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 seek... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byQuirky February 4, 2011

A little difficult to get into, but a good book

I'm not sure if it was just me, but this book was kind of hard to get into. I might have had too many expectations of this book. everything was moving so f... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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