Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Almost Enchanted...

Published: May 22nd, 2012
The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6)
Delacorte Press for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780385735353

The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it. 
San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?
Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—
one to save the world and one to destroy it?


   Sophie and Josh Newman have had a crazy week.  They have been trained in all of the elements, met many figures from mythology and history, learned that one of them will save the world and the other will destroy it - oh yeah and their parents are really Isis and Osiris!  Now they are 10,000 years into the past, on Danu Talis (Atlantis) preparing for the final battle.  John Dee, Virginia Dare, Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain and Joan of Arc  are also on at different spots of the island, trying to find the twins.  Are Isis and Osiris who they claim to be or is it far more complicated than the twins ever could have imagined?  In the present time Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel are trying to defend San Francisco from the invasion of the monsters from Alcatraz Island.  Will they be able to ally themselves with Billy the Kid, Machiavelli and other unusual forces long enough to save the present day world, or will the monsters manage to kill them all?  Josh and Sophie will have to decide which world to save - Danu Talis or their own.  In the end will they stand together or apart?  And what is Marethyu's (Death's) true identity?  There was a lot of resolution in this book which I appreciated.  It is not an easy thing to write a consistently good series, when all of the action is taking place in a time-frame of less than two weeks! At the same time, it was a little overwhelming just how many characters played a major role in the storyline by the start of book six.  I think that while the storyline with the Flamels and other characters in San Francisco was interesting, it wasn't necessarily relevant to whether or not Sophie and Josh triumphed or failed.  At the end of the book I was a little confused about the prophecy and whether or not it had come true.  "The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it."  It seems a little vague and confusing, even now.  My favorite character development in this novel was Virginia Dare.  I loved the interactions between her and John Dee.  Marethyu was kind of an interesting inclusion, but it seemed kind of cliched what his true identity ended up being.  The whole thing with Isis and Osiris was decently carried out and more than a little creepy.  The whole loop of time and characters was over-confusing and not explained well enough for my liking.  If you're a mythology and history geek like me, reading this series is worth it if only for all of the interesting characters.  A somewhat lukewarm ending to a slightly directionless series.

VERDICT:  3.75/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published May 22nd, 2012.*

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