Book Review: The Warlock by Michael Scott

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series has been so addictive that I finished The Warlock (Young Adult Fantasy 376 pages) by Michael Scott a couple days ago and am only now writing the review. As with all the previous books in this series, if you have not read any of the previous books and you have not read The Warlock, don’t read this review, as there is no way to discuss the contents of this book and my reaction to it without giving away major plot points. I also started and finished the next book in the series today, so it might be a bit of an effort to remember what happened here and keep it separated from what happens in the next book.

“Alcatraz: Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlago, Machiavelli and Billy the Kid will follow the plans the Elders have laid before them: they will loose the monsters of Alcatraz on the city of San Francisco, thereby triggering the end of the humani race.”

“Danu Talis: The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could have ever imagined. And they haven’t landed here by chance – the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back in time to Danu Talis and destroy it. For the island must fall if the modern world is to exist.”

“San Francisco: The end is finally near. Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or with the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare. Unless Sophie can find her twin before the battle begins, all is lost – forever.”

This series just keeps getting more and more addictive and moving so much faster. I’ve enjoyed every book in the series so far, including this one. I really am impressed with the artwork and the details on the cover of the book. Just as the previous books contained different cover designs, so did this one. I’m pretty sure the designs on the cover give away some of the things that happen in the book and they might actually have bigger and broader meanings. It almost motivates me to do some symbol research. And that’s true with the rest of this book and series as well. There are so many nuances that I’m sure I could catch and understand a lot better if I did some mythology and history research. Maybe someday I will.

This book starts with Josh willingly taking sides with Dee and his crew. Throughout much of the book, you see the strife between the twins and it’s so frustrating because everything always boils down to a communication breakdown. It’s the same with any type of relationship. Everyone has their own perspective on things and their perspective must be the correct one, so of course, they never give the other person the opportunity to actually talk to each other and figure out what’s really going on. Then, when there is a communication breakdown, we tend to listen to the wrong people and make mistakes and less-than-stellar decisions, which often make things worse. The rift between Josh and Sophie is very well done, however, and it’s easy to see from both their perspectives as to how they are reacting to the events in their world.

The addition of Osiris and Isis in this story starts putting an even more interesting spin on the events going on, though I’m not quite sure who they are or how they fit into things. And the book definitely ends in a very uncomfortable place with those two. In fact, I’m again happy that I had the next book in the series when I finished this book, as this book made me actually say out loud, “You can’t end a book there!”

Overall, this series is creeping up into the four or five range on my scale. I’m fairly certain I will wind up reading them all again, and probably even faster next time.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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