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Publisher's Note:

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Alchemyst, book one. The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. The legend: Nicholas Flamel discovered the secret o…

Overall Book Review:

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott was a New York Times Best Seller published about ten years ago.  (Has it really been a decade?)  It is perhaps a series that might be unknown to the upcoming generation of young readers.  In fact, it has many elements that put one in mind of the Percy Jackson series:  teenage male and female protagonists, ancient gods, magical powers, a quest and road trip, and plenty of action.  This book’s action goes beyond rapid-fire to practically light speed as the events all transpire within about 48 hours.  The ending is sufficient to wrap up the immediate storyline, but clearly lets the reader know there is much more to come.

Readers who like Percy Jackson will probably enjoy this series, too.  A big bonus is that the series is already complete so back-to-back binge reading is totally an option.

Review of the unabridged audio version

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Extended multi-page battle/confrontation scene involving magic, tackling, hitting with objects, explosions, destruction of property, minor injuries, and kidnapping; teenagers are told multiple times that they and their loved ones are in danger (implying death); report how a character has been pursuing others for years; a location is booby-trapped with blades and darts; extended multi-page battle involving animals, golems, humans and fighting with weapons, magic, and martial arts; extended scene of animals attacking resulting in car accidents and property damage; magic is used to destroy property; general references to ancient gods with battles, powers, deaths, etc.; characters practice sparring; extended multi-page scene of battle with magic, mythical creatures, humans–resulting in destruction, death of creatures, death of a goddess, implied death of a human; extended multi-page battle scene with magic involved fighting skeletons, mummified remains; explosion and destruction of property.

Sex/Nudity:  A teenage boy thinks a young woman is attractive.

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An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!