Book Review of The Magician.After the first few chapters, I started to despair that The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel was a series I should never have picked up. The world building is intriguing but there didn’t seem to be much else recommending it. Thankfully, the later part of the book does make up for this.
The improvement here is due to the fact that the story finally progresses, instead of repeatedly hinting at what was coming. While many things supposedly occurs in The Alchemyst and in the first half of The Magician, these events seem to be just more repetition of what we readers already know. It would probably have helped the pacing if the tale was further condensed.
The other reason is that I finally came across a character which is actually interesting to read about. Unfortunately, the character I found intriguing happens to be on the side of the villains. It isn’t that I’m now suddenly rooting for the bad guys to win because of Machiavelli, rather it is his existence in the tale which makes certain possibilities more believable. I mean here’s an antagonist who actually cares about his allies and has a care about the methods he employs to achieve his aims. It certainly makes me wonder if Sophie and Josh has chosen the right side.
With that, I’m now actually looking forward to reading the third book, The Sorceress.
My conclusions :
- Would I re-read the book ? Maybe.
- Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes.
- Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Not really.
- Who would I recommend this too? Young adult fantasy readers.
- For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Borrow it. It is interesting but not something I'd want to re-read often.