Publisher: Delacorte Books
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): The fifth book in the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Nicholas Flamel—The Warlock
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.
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, Palamededs, 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.
The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or with 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.
In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophecy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.
My Summary: In a prophecy written thousands of years before their birth, it was foretold that two children - twins - would be born that would have the power to save the world ... or destroy it. Sophie and Josh Newman are those twins, and together they've traveled with the Flamels around the world, awakening their powers and trying to foil Dr. John Dee's plans to bring about the end of the world. For a while, they were succeeding - that is, until Dee convinced Josh that the Flamels were lying and recruited him.
Now Sophie is alone with the Flamels, who are hours away from death and too weak to protect her. With only a few days left, Sophie knows the fate of the world is in her and Josh's hands....
The prophecy says one twin will save the world and the other will destroy it, and even though Josh's crossed over to what Sophie knows is the 'Dark Side', she's still unsure about which one she is.
My Thoughts: I've never read anything like Michael Scott's series - the mixture of mythology and fantasy is flawless, and his writing is practically magical. Seriously. I bought the first book in this series on a whim (this is the fifth book), and I've been hooked ever since then.
I really enjoyed the twists in this book, along with the addition of some new characters; although Josh's behaviour was a little irritating. I wanted to reach into the book and slap him or something (which is, as you know, physically impossible, but you know what I mean...). At one point it was like he was blind to what was going on, following John Dee and Virginia Dare like a lost puppy.
And the ending was amazing! I'm still trying to wrap my head around it (in a good way) - it's going to be a difficult few months waiting for the last book!
Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend the series to anyone who's a fan of mythology and fantasy; I especially recommend it to parents who are looking for a good series that they and their children will both enjoy. It's safe for kids 12 and up (there's no swearing, no violence, and no sexual stuff, so fear not!) and the writing is very intelligent, so adults won't feel out of place reading it. Do yourself a favour and check out the series :D