Note: this was meant to be posted on Friday for my Friday Favorites, so time for another one of my favorite book introductions. Some of you may know Nicholas Flamel from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. While there he was just some unseen legendary figure, one who was simply a plot device, here he is an instrumental part of this epic tale. I’ll spare you the long summary, but when the fabled Codex, filled with various invaluable pieces of knowledge, is stolen from the Flamels by Dr. John Dee, it’s up to the Flamels, the Newman twins, and their precious few allies to stop a sinister plot including the unraveling of the world as we know it.
My favorite part of these books is the characters. There are so many well known characters, both famous historical figures and as well as mythological people, and I loved how Michael Scott found ways to explain disasters and phenomena using the actions of these legends. He was also able to take these seemingly distant figures and turn them into characters with personalities shaped by their own individual backstories. They were very dynamic, and there was no character who was all good or all evil. The perception of good and evil was always shifting, and there were many chances for redemption as well as for damnation. I also loved the world building. Of course creating places like the various Shadowrealms and Danu Talis basically from scratch was incredible, but what I found even more fascinating was the integration of other “things” into this world. Scott somehow managed to weave elements from all different types of mythologies and cultures into a cohesive unit that intertwined with our world. He also created a lot of interesting concepts, such as the aura and auric energy. Basically, every being has an aura surrounding them, and certain individuals can learn to use this aura and bend it to their will, like magic. All these different ideas held a lot of potential for the plot, and it did not disappoint. It was quite fast-paced, written in 3rd person from many different characters’ points of view, so there was never a dull moment. There were a few plot holes that left me confused at the end, but I may not have been reading closely enough and they were pretty insignificant. They were mainly just me being confused about the timeline in the last book.
If you’re looking for a saga with lots of adventure and beautiful worldbuilding, I suggest you start this series. They are relatively quick, and I really think they will be worth your time.