Plot summary[ edit ] Flamel takes the twins to London , where he uses Francis to enlist Palamedes , the Saracen Knight, to help them. Palamedes takes them to his home, a junk-yard in London, and they manage to work together to contact Perenelle. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with the friendly but untrustworthy spider elder, Areop-Enap , after narrowly escaping the Sphinx and defeating the Morrigan. Morrigan had been suppressed sufficiently by the Words of Power that resided on the island that her body was retaken by her two elder sisters, Macha and Badb. Perenelle also makes fleeting contact with Scathach and Joan of Arc by scrying. Areop-Enap and its spider army are then attacked by an onslaught of poisoned flies, killing most of the spiders and wounding Areop-Enap.
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Plot overview[ edit ] The main story arc charts the adventures of two fifteen-year-old Americans, named Sophie and Josh Newman, whose regular lives working at their summer jobs Sophie works in a coffee shop, Josh in a bookstore are turned upside down by the arrival of Dr. John Dee. Dee engages the bookstore owner, Nick Fleming, in a battle of magic in an attempt to steal an ancient book, The Book of Abraham the Mage a. After the battle, Nick Fleming confesses to Josh and Sophie that his real name is Nicholas Flamel , that he is the French alchemist from history, that he is also immortal, and that the twins, himself, and Perry his immortal wife, Perenelle Flamel , are in grave danger.
Nicholas tells the twins that he believes them to be mentioned in a prophecy within the Codex, and that the fate of the world as they know it could depend on his success in getting their dormant, latent magical abilities fully awakened. He also tells them that without the Codex, both he and Perry will die within a month, as their immortality, prolonged youth, and longevity depend on a recipe for a special elixir found only within its pages.
This elixir changes monthly and cannot be memorised. Meanwhile, Dr. John Dee has found out that he is missing two vital pages from the Codex. The pages are the Final Summoning, needed by him to return his masters, the Dark Elders, to earth Development[ edit ] The idea for the series as a whole began in May Initially, the series had Dr. Dee in the leading role, and was going to be called The Secrets of John Dee,  a historical character who Scott knew well, having featured him in three of his other titles: Image, Reflection, and The Merchant Prince.
He wanted to bring Dr. Dee into the 21st Century and introduce him to a young audience that may not have heard of the historical doctor before,  but he decided that Dr. Dee was too sinister and had dubious motivation. He soon decided that it would be a six-book series, which would allow him to introduce many figures from history and mythology.
In the six books, readers have been introduced to characters from the Greco-Roman , Egyptian , Norse , and Celtic mythologies and historical characters from the Elizabethan , Renaissance , Egyptian, and Gilded eras. He plotted the whole series to such an intricate level that his plot script is currently in excess of 80, words, equivalent to a book itself, and that he knew in what the last words to the series would be.
Along with his wife, Perenelle, he has lived for nearly years searching for Josh and Sophie Newman, the Gold and Silver twins of legend, who can save the Shadowrealm of Earth from the mad Dr.
John Dee and the Dark Elders who seek to destroy it. Flamel is a legend who built his fortune through alchemy, which he uses to amazing effect to combat the horrors Dee sends after the twins and himself. Despite good intentions, however, he is not without flaws,like being selfish and not learning from his mistakes and seeks glory for training Josh and Sophie. Josh Newman — The Gold twin of legend. Awakened by Mars Ultor , Josh is a lover of history and a natural strategist.
Eventually, he sides with Flamel. Sophie Newman — The Silver twin of legend. Awakened by Hekate the Goddess of Three Faces , and later trained by The Witch of Endor , who infuses her memories and experiences into her. She decides to side with the Flamels to save Earth, but seeks out her brother eventually. John Dee — The main antagonist. An English magician and necromancer who formerly advised Queen Elizabeth I , he seeks to bring back to Earth the Dark Elders, who wish to destroy and rebuild it.
However, after he is declared utlaga, or outlaw, for failing them, he decides to use the four swords of power — Excalibur , Clarent , Joyeuse and Durendal — to go back in time to Danu Talis and destroy them, convincing Josh to join his side with the promise of a renewed Earth.
Eventually he sides with the Flamels but by then it is too late. Perenelle Flamel — The wife of Nicholas, and a powerful sorceress. Being the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter, she can contact ghosts and has a long-standing feud with Machiavelli. Many have suggested, correctly, that she is much more powerful than Nicholas, as she has proven as she tries to save San Francisco from the horrors on nearby Alcatraz. He and Josh have an understanding, as they are both human in spirit, a trait which he later shares with Billy the Kid.
This trait causes Machiavelli to re-evaluate his opinions of the Dark Elders and reform and break his oaths to them, choosing not to release the monsters on the humani. Scathach - The Celtic goddess of the war. She has a grey aura. She is an Elder of the 2nd generation and a vegetarian vampire. She is approximately years old but looks 17 and claims to be She will accompany the alchemist and the twins in their adventures but will be taken by Dagon in the Seine.
It is the great friend of Joan of Arc, that she educated. She was the creator of most of the martial arts and formed the biggest Heroes of the History. To have helped the human beings during the Fall of Danu Talis, she was rejected by her family before saving their life a few years later. She speaks few his parents and her brother.
Her grandmother is the Witch of Endor, her presumed grandfather being Mars Ultor. Some are easy to guess The Alchemyst is Flamel, for example , but others require a closer reading of the text. So here, to avoid endless Wikipedia changes, is the almost definitive list.
The Alchemyst is Nicholas Flamel. The Magician is Dr. The Sorceress is Perenelle Flamel. The Necromancer is Josh Newman. The Warlock is Mars Ultor. The Enchantress is Sophie Newman. Special editions and cover variations[ edit ] On 5 August in the UK Necromancer was released featuring a new-style cover; it was joined by The Alchemyst, The Magician and The Sorceress which were re-released with new covers in the same style.
The alternative covers, for the UK editions.
The titular sorceress refers to Perenelle Flamel. Flamel takes the twins to London, where he uses Francis to enlist Palamedes, the Saracen Knight, to help them. Palamedes takes them to his home, a junk-yard in London, and they manage to work together to contact Perenelle. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with the friendly but untrustworthy spider elder, Areop-Enap, after narrowly escaping the Sphinx and defeating the Morrigan. Morrigan had been suppressed sufficiently by the Words of Power that resided on the island that her body was retaken by her two elder sisters, Macha and Badb.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series
It was released on May 26, in the U. Plot Summary The well known immortal Alchemyst Nicholas Flamel must take a risk and take Josh and Sophie Newman twins foretold to save the world to London, where the oldest immortal human lives: The master of the element of water, Gilgamesh the King. But what Nicholas Flamel withholds from the twins is that Gilgamesh the King is insane. Though he has no aura - and hence cannot use his powers, he can still pass on his knowledge to an awakened human.