Summary: The conclusion of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.
This is a good example of a books that was given away free on kindle, I liked the books and I have read all of the rest of the series (and paid for them). I have also encouraged others to buy and read them. Free, done right, can be a good business model for authors.
This is a young adult series that was very uneven, but I really wanted to love. It has two twin teens that find themselves in the midst of a magical battle, realize they have latent magical powers themselves and realize that the world they thought of as boring and dull was actually full of history and magic.
The best part of this book is the repurposing of historical figures. This book is full of historical figures that we find out were actually immortals, humans, that the Elders gave immortality to. Many of these immortals were famous people from history. William Shakespeare, Joan of Arc, Billy The Kid, etc. Immortals in this world do not age, but they can be killed.
The whole six book series takes only a bit over a week in normal time. But the twins go back and forth in time and around the world discovering their powers and trying to figure out why everyone wants them.
As a whole, the series could have easily been cut significantly. There were about 2600 pages and it would have been better as about 1800 pages. This book is no different. It is about 1/3 longer than the rest of the books of the series and really suffers from it.
There is just so much fighting. Too much fighting. Much of the fighting is played as very serious and important, but once you finish the book, you realize that most of it did not really matter at all. It just seemed like it was filler.
Scott seems like he wanted to have a complete ending for every single character in the book and there are a LOT of characters. So many of them are really just unimportant to the flow of the whole story.
I want to like this and I most enjoyed it. But I kept looking to see how much further there was to go in the book. And that is never a good sign.
If you haven’t started the series, I would probably discourage you. But if you have read the first five already, go borrow the sixth from the library (not really good enough to justify buying it) and read it. When you are about 70 percent you will dispar ever finishing all of the battles. But it does end and the ending is actually fairly good.
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