Introduced to us by Darren, our Assistant Manager, the best selling series by Michael Scott, The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has been being devoured and passed around by PF staff and friends. This got us thinking that perhaps the time was ripe for introducing a new fantasy/visionary fiction section to PF bookshelves, and what better series to feature than one who’s beginning action takes place in a bookstore and whose plot features a book of spells!
The first book in the six book series is The Alchemyst. It is a contemporary fantasy which opens in modern day San Francisco when brother and sister, Josh and Sophie, discover that the owner of the bookstore where Josh works is the immortal French alchemist, Nicholas Flamel. Flamel and his wife, Perenelle, are the guardians of the Book of Abraham which they have protected for centuries. This is a collection of the most powerful spells in the world. When Dr John Dee discovers the Flamels’ whereabouts, he attacks and snatches the book. Josh and Sophie intervene to help Flamel, but now they too are being hunted by Dee and creatures that predate humanity.
All of the main characters in The Alchemyst series are based on figures from history or mythology.
Michael Scott: Irish-born Michael Scott began writing over twenty-five years ago, and is one of Ireland’s most successful and prolific authors, with one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a variety of genres, including Fantasy, Science Fiction and Folklore. He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-eight countries, in over twenty languages.
He is considered one of the authorities on the folklore of the Celtic lands and is credited with the resurgence of interest in the subject in the mid-1980′s. His collections, Irish Folk & Fairy Tales, Irish Myths & Legends and Irish Ghosts & Hauntings have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years and are now included amongst the definitive and most-quoted works on the subject.