By Michael Scott
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780385735292, 512pp.)
Publication Date: May 26, 2009
Book Three in the New York Times bestselling series.
Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.
But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.
If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.
Michael Scott is an authority on mythology and folklore. You can visit him at www.dillonscott.com. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
Kirkus Reviews, April 15, 2009:"Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion...this page-turner promises plenty of action to come."
School Library Journal, July 2009: "This book is a must-read for fans of the series"
Booklist.com, April 24, 2009: "Immersively imagined, this series remains a great choice to fill the post-Potter vacuum"
VOYA, October 2009: "Teens familiar with the previous two books or fans of adventure fantasies like Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Olympians series will eat this one up."
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