Do you ever go back to your parent’s house and discover books that you have bought while living there, but you never read? I must admit that I always check their bookshelf to find volumes I’ve missed.
When I laid my eyes on the book “Alchemyst,” I remembered perfectly how I got to buy it. I was in the 8th or 9th grade, and I was fascinated by anything it had to do with chemistry. But being 14 years old, as fascinating as chemistry was to me back then, I was even more fascinated by “forbidden” books for my age, so I probably left it on the shelf replacing it with something like “Silence of the Lambs.”
I’ve said it before on one of my posts, that I am a sucker for children fantasy books, but I will repeat it. I am still searching for that one book to rise to the level of “Harry Potter,” so each time I have the possibility to read this genre I am more than happy to do so.
Michael Scott’s novel is the first of a five-book series, and it takes you to a magical world, full of mythological figures. The main characters are two twins, Josh and Sophie, who meet on their summer vacation a what appears to be an average old couple, owners of a bookshop, Nick, and Perry Flaming. Everything escalates when, the antagonist, played in this case by Dr. John Dee, attacks the bookstore and steals one particular book. The twins discover the truth about the cute old couple, that they are actually hundreds of years old and their real names are Nicholas and Pernelle Flamel.
The book is straightforward and pleasant. All the characters are created after real history or mythological ones, fact that I find to be more than nice because it is great for children to learn about this kind of past personas, be intrigued and study them further afterward. Unfortunately for me after the first volume, it didn’t arrive at any conclusions, and I don’t own the other four to find out the outcome.
I regret not reading it when I bought it. I would probably have enjoyed it much more than I did now because even though it is an entertaining lecture, it is a bit too childish for a grown up.