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...
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel adventures continue in this latest series installment in which twins Josh and Sophie team up with the immortal magician Nicholas Flamel and his wife Perenelle to battle against the Dark Elders. The Dark Elders and their human servants, Dr. John Dee and Niccolo Machiavelli, are still in pursuit of two pages of a magic book now in Josh and Sophie's possession. These pages contain information that the Elders need to cast a Summoning, a spell that would unloose chaos and destruction upon the human world. In a desperate effort to obtain the pages, Dee and Machiavelli unleash a host of terrifying mythological monsters against the twins and Flamel. They are also waging war on another front against Flamel's wife Perenelle, who is still trapped on the island of Alcatraz. But Josh and Sophie are learning to master their growing power and hold their own against the mighty forces arrayed against them. This third installment continues the successful formula of fast-paced action and nonstop battles. The introduction of new monsters and diabolical enemies on practically every page gets to be a bit exhausting, but the plot manages to hold up nevertheless. One wishes that Scott had spent a bit more time on characterization rather than monster development, but that caveat is minor. 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. Reviewer: Jan Chapman