The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 6)
The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.
But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.
Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this story, given the number of parallel plotlines that we left off with in Book 5. And while I can’t say that my socks were completely knocked off, I will unreservedly say that this is my favorite book of the entire series, hands down. Josh isn’t whiny at all, you guys. In fact, he’s kind of awesome, but that’s not what makes this the best book. No, in this story, Scott uses the parallel plotlines to build tension. Everyone in one place is about to die? Yeah, let’s jump over here to this other place where other important things are happening. And something important is happening everywhere. Every page of this book feels like a dead sprint. The characters are constantly moving with every ounce of their strength and being and it makes for such a compelling tale.
However, it’s not all hair-raising action. Scott wove in humor here and there and it ratcheted to book up from really good to great. The redshirts reference had me grinning from ear to ear and the fifteen year old in me laughed out loud at the thought of hearing the Imperial March when parents walk into the room. Also, you don’t often get Sci Fi references in Fantasy, but after this, I want it to happen more often because it works. Boy howdy, does it work.
The time travel dimension to the story had a part of my brain working overtime. I realized at one point the number of decisions Scott would have had to have made in writing this book given the complexity of having people from the present going in the past, interacting with people they had known and loved in the future. You see, even that sentence is muddled. I would give you an example, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Rest assured, where my writing is failing, Scott’s came through with flying colors. There was never a doubt of who was where and with whom. It’s astoundingly clear and without the use of any qualifiers.
The one thing I take issue with is when an Elder says that humans are essentially good. While I’ve always hoped for that to be true, I know it isn’t universally true. Stalin was not essentially good. There’s no doubt in my mind that he thought what he was doing was for the greater good, but the truth is that you cannot be “essentially good” and be responsible for the brutal deaths of millions of innocent people. It’s a nice sentiment, to imagine that we as a race are essentially good and I still like to think that the majority of human beings are, but the reality is that there are outliers. It’s just too big of a generalization. It exceeds the truth.
In the end, however, this story is a fast paced roller coaster ride of action, magic, and monsters. I highly recommend it.
4.5 ink bottles.
Character Believability: 4.5 Buffys
Character Investibilty: 4.5 Doctors
Pacing/Tension/Urgency: 4.5 Dresdens
Worldbuilding: 4 Snyders
Language: 4.5 Feegles
Mystery: 5 Sherlocks