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“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
– Virginia Dare
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Book 6 of my #50bookpledge is Michael Scott’s The Warlock. It’s the fifth (and the second to the last!) book of his The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Here’s the synopsis of the book from Michael Scott’s website:
Although their ally Dr. John Dee has been declared utlaga, 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.
The Shadowrealm that Scatty and Joan of Arc have entered is far more dangerous than they could ever have imagined. And they haven’t landed here by chance-the warriors were called for a reason. So were Saint-Germain, Palamededs, and Shakespeare. The group was summoned because they must travel back in time to Danu Talis and destroy it. For the island of Danu Talis, known in humani myth as the lost city of Atlantis, must fall if the modern world is to exist.
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.
In the fifth installment of this bestselling series, the twins of prophesy have been divided, and the end is finally beginning.
With Scatty, Joan of Arc, Saint Germain, Palamedes, and Shakespeare all in Danu Talis, Sophie is on her own with the ever-weakening Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel. She must depend on Niten to help her find an immortal to teach her Earth Magic. The surprise is that she will find her teacher in the most ordinary of places.
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“… all choices are made out of love or hate.”
– Perenelle Flamel
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I finished this book after three weeks (which means I’m two books late). It’s not that it wasn’t a good book; I was just busy the past week and the book is really quite long (56 chapters long to be exact). I will admit though that the first part of the book didn’t really hold my attention. It took me a week to finish around 12-13 chapters, but the book does pick up the pace a little into the middle of the book.
I enjoyed the character development of the supporting characters (not so much of the main characters) which added to the plot twists of the book. We’re given more peeks into the lives of the characters and the character of Abraham the Mage is more visible in the book. They also added a few more characters that might sound familiar to us (such as the Egyptian gods/goddesses Bastet, Isis, and Osiris). The down side is that there are already quite a lot of characters in the book so it’s a bit difficult to keep track of all of them.
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Billy nodded. “I respect a man who keeps his word. Just make sure you’re keeping it for the right reason.”
Machiavelli leaned forward, and his iron-hard fingers bit into Billy’s shoulder. The Italian fixed his eyes on Billy’s. “No, you must make sure you’re breaking it for the right reason!”
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My favorite part would be Niccolo Machiavelli and Billy the Kid’s interactions. I think that the fact that they differ in so many ways (one’s European and the other is American, one’s more educated than the other) but are still able to teach each other and also cooperate and agree is great. If they were a couple, I’d say they have amazing chemistry. If you’re reading the book, just read chapter 28 and you’ll see what I mean. 🙂
If you find yourself interested in the book, there’s a preview of the book on Michael Scott’s website.
Anyway, time for me to go. I hope to be able to write a new freewrite today too so I’mma be brainstorming.
Until next time! (^^)/~~