Sunday, June 14, 2009

Premature Book Review: The Sorceress

Michael Scott's The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel is the third book in the Nicolas Flamel series. The main action in this book takes place in London and continues the touch of Arthurian Cycle already in play.

The series is primarily for teens, but like the Harry Potter books, it appeals to adults as well. An interesting aspect of the story is how Scott encompasses Lovecraft's Mythos style. There is no Cthulhu (yet, at least), but the gods and heroes of legend are really either powerful outsiders—the Dark Elders— who are alien/extra-dimensional entities, magical beasts, or immortal humans backed by Dark Elders.

Unfortunately, there is a lot of content to remember and Scott will reference action in the previous books. Since the books have been produced a year apart many things get lost in the shuffle. Where the Harry Potter story is an arc, you could read any one of the first four books without having read the others (the last three are a continuum). The Flamel books are a continuous arc. Instead of being (eventually, I believe) seven two-hundred-plus page books, they could have been a single seven-to-nine-hundred page book. This is not how youth books are marketed, however, and it seems that if it cannot be a series, it cannot be published.

If you have read the first two books, you likely have enough interest to continue; this book is on par with its predecessors. If you have not read any of the series, it would be wise to start at the beginning. The books are interesting and nicely written. The touches of teen angst that surrounds Josh and Sophie Newman (the main characters) is not heavy handed. The books are filled with historical characters and mythological entities. You could presumably learn a lot from the series, provided you have the means to look people up. There is a great deal of obscure (to me) items, such as the sword Clarent, which was the sword Modred used to slay King Arthur.


Sutaaraito said...

also following the series, i like the book very much. definitely recommended for teen and adult.

Darius Whiteplume said...

You'll enjoy The Necromancer, I'm sure. I am looking forward to the next book.

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