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The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel vol 1

Secrets of the Immortal Nichol Band 1

Michael Scott

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Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter-but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren't safe! Discover the truth in book one of the New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel's tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives.

Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries?
The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects-the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it.
There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it.

"The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil."-Bustle

Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress

Michael Scott is an authority on mythology and folklore and one of Ireland’s most successful authors. A master of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and folklore, Michael has been hailed by the Irish Times as “the King of Fantasy in these isles.” He is the New York Times bestselling author of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series: The Alchemyst, The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock, and The Enchantress. You can follow Michael Scott on Twitter @flamelauthor and visit him at DillonScott.com.

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Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 400
Altersempfehlung ab 12 Jahr(e)
Erscheinungsdatum 01.06.2008
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-0-385-73600-8
Verlag Random House LCC US
Maße (L/B/H) 20,5/13,2/2,4 cm
Gewicht 295 g

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Cliffhanger!
von einer Kundin/einem Kunden am 28.12.2010
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Der unsterbliche Nicholas Flamel wurde nicht für Harry Potter erfunden, diese Person gab es tatsächlich. Michael Scott greift das auf, aber mit Harry Potter hat es glücklicherweise nichts zu tun. Dies ist der Anfang einer eigenständigen Fantasy-Reihe, die heutzutage spielt. Die beiden 15-jährigen Zwillingsgeschwister Sophie und ... Der unsterbliche Nicholas Flamel wurde nicht für Harry Potter erfunden, diese Person gab es tatsächlich. Michael Scott greift das auf, aber mit Harry Potter hat es glücklicherweise nichts zu tun. Dies ist der Anfang einer eigenständigen Fantasy-Reihe, die heutzutage spielt. Die beiden 15-jährigen Zwillingsgeschwister Sophie und Josh werden aufgrund ihrer magischen Aura durch Nicholas Flamel und seine Frau Perenelle in den ewigen Kampf des Guten gegen das Böse hineingezogen. Für Nicholas Flamel sind die beiden die Chance für die Rettung der Welt. Und so werden im Laufe der Geschichte weitere Unsterbliche und "Elder" eingeführt, die entweder historische - jetzt unsterbliche - Persönlichkeiten sind oder aus dem großen Kreis der Götter und Mythen kommen. Manchmal erscheint es ein bisschen zuviel von allem, nicht alle Ideen sind neu, aber das Buch liest sich flott. Das Englisch ist einfach und gut lesbar. Leider ist das Ende des Buches einfach nur ein Abbruch - ein Cliffhanger! Das setzt sich auch bei Band zwei und drei, die ich mittlerweile auch gelesen habe, genauso fort. Man darf gespannt bleiben, wie es denn in Band vier bis sechs weitergehen wird.

TOP Fantasy mit Potter-Bezug
von Christian Loebenstein aus Wien am 29.07.2010
Bewertet: Buch (Taschenbuch)

Aufmerksame Leser werden sich an die historische Figur des Nicholas Flamel aus Büchern von Dan Brown bis J.K. Rowling erinnern. Die Legende besagt, dass der größte Alchemist des 14. Jahrhunderts den Schlüssel zum ewigen Leben entdeckte. Er starb im Jahre 1418, doch sein Grab blieb leer. In diesem Roman für Leser ab 12 Jahren we... Aufmerksame Leser werden sich an die historische Figur des Nicholas Flamel aus Büchern von Dan Brown bis J.K. Rowling erinnern. Die Legende besagt, dass der größte Alchemist des 14. Jahrhunderts den Schlüssel zum ewigen Leben entdeckte. Er starb im Jahre 1418, doch sein Grab blieb leer. In diesem Roman für Leser ab 12 Jahren weilt Flamel auch heute noch unter den Lebenden, und sein Geheimnis ist in einem Buch versteckt, dass in den falschen Händen zum Untergang der Menscheit führen würde. Und ausgerechnet Sophie und Josh Newman wurden auserwählt, das Geheimnis zu bewahren.

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  • CHAPTER ONE

    “OK—answer me this: why would anyone want to wear an overcoat in San Francisco in the middle of summer?” Sophie Newman pressed her fingers against the Bluetooth earpiece as she spoke.

    On the other side of the continent, her fashion-conscious friend Elle inquired matter-of-factly, “What sort of coat?”

    Wiping her hands on the cloth tucked into her apron strings, Sophie moved out from behind the counter of the empty coffee shop and stepped up to the window, watching men emerge from the car across the street. “Heavy black wool overcoats. They’re even wearing black gloves and hats. And sunglasses.” She pressed her face against the glass. “Even for this city, that’s just a little too weird.”

    “Maybe they’re undertakers?” Elle suggested, her voice popping and clicking on the cell phone. Sophie could hear something loud and dismal playing in the background— Lacrimosa maybe, or Amorphis. Elle had never quite got over her Goth phase.

    “Maybe,” Sophie answered, sounding unconvinced. She’ d been chatting on the phone with her friend when, a few moments earlier, she’d spotted the unusual-looking car. It was long and sleek and looked as if it belonged in an old black-and-white movie. As it drove past the window, sunlight reflected off the blacked-out windows, briefly illuminating the interior of the coffee shop in warm yellow-gold light, blinding Sophie. Blinking away the black spots dancing before her eyes, she watched as the car turned at the bottom of the hill and slowly returned. Without signaling, it pulled over directly in front of The Small Book Shop, right across the street.

    “Maybe they’re Mafia,” Elle suggested dramatically. “My dad knows someone in the Mafia. But he drives a Prius,” she added.

    “This is most definitely not a Prius,” Sophie said, looking again at the car and the two large men standing on the street bundled up in their heavy overcoats, gloves and hats, their eyes hidden behind overlarge sunglasses.

    “Maybe they’re just cold,” Elle suggested. “Doesn’t it get cool in San Francisco?”

    Sophie Newman glanced at the clock and thermometer on the wall over the counter behind her. “It’s two-fifteen here . . . and eighty-one degrees,” she said. “Trust me, they’re not cold. They must be dying. Wait,” she said, interrupting herself, “something’s happening.”

    The rear door opened and another man, even larger than the first two, climbed stiffly out of the car. As he closed the door, sunlight briefly touched his face and Sophie caught a glimpse of pale, unhealthy-looking gray-white skin. She adjusted the volume on the earpiece. “OK. You should see what just climbed out of the car. A huge guy with gray skin. Gray. That might explain it; maybe they have some type of skin condition.”

    “I saw a National Geographic documentary about people who can’t go out in the sun . . . ,” Elle began, but Sophie was no longer listening to her.

    A fourth figure stepped out of the car.

    He was a small, rather dapper-looking man, dressed in a neat charcoal-gray three-piece suit that looked vaguely old-fashioned but that she could tell had been tailor-made for him. His iron gray hair was pulled back from an angular face into a tight ponytail, while a neat triangular beard, mostly black but flecked with gray, concealed his mouth and chin. He moved away from the car and stepped under the striped awning that covered the trays of books outside the shop. When he picked up a brightly colored paperback and turned it over in his hands, Sophie noticed that he was wearing gray gloves. A pearl button at the wrist winked in the light.

    “They’re going into the bookshop,” she said into her earpiece.

    “Is Josh still working there?” Elle immediately asked.

    Sophie ignored the sudden interest in her friend’s voice. The fact that her best friend liked her twin brother was just a little too weird. “Yeah. I’m going to call him to see what’s up. I’ll call you right back.” She hung up, pulled out the earpiece and absently rubbed her hot ear as she stared, fascinated, at the small man. There was something about him . . . something odd. Maybe he was a fashion designer, she thought, or a movie producer, or maybe he was an author—she’d noticed that some authors liked to dress up in peculiar outfits. She’d give him a few minutes to get into the shop, then she’d call her twin for a report.

    Sophie was about to turn away when the gray man suddenly spun around and seemed to stare directly at her. As he stood under the awning, his face was in shadow, and yet for just the briefest instant, his eyes looked as if they were glowing.

    Sophie knew—just knew—that there was no possible way for the small gray man to see her: she was standing on the opposite side of the street behind a pane of glass that was bright with reflected early-afternoon sunlight. She would be invisible in the gloom behind the glass.

    And yet . . .

    And yet in that single moment when their eyes met, Sophie felt the tiny hairs on the back of her hands and along her forearms tingle and felt a puff of cold air touch the back of her neck. She rolled her shoulders, turning her head slightly from side to side, strands of her long blond hair curling across her cheek. The contact lasted only a second before the small man looked away, but Sophie got the impression that he had looked directly at her.

    In the instant before the gray man and his three overdressed companions disappeared into the bookshop, Sophie decided that she did not like him.

    G G G

    Peppermint.

    And rotten eggs.

    “That is just vile.” Josh Newman stood in the center of the bookstore’s cellar and breathed deeply. Where were those smells coming from? He looked around at the shelves stacked high with books and wondered if something had crawled in behind them and died. What else would account for such a foul stink? The tiny cramped cellar always smelled dry and musty, the air heavy with the odors of parched curling paper, mingled with the richer aroma of old leather bindings and dusty cobwebs. He loved the smell; he always thought it was warm and comforting, like the scents of cinnamon and spices that he associated with Christmas.

    Peppermint.

    Sharp and clean, the smell cut through the close cellar atmosphere. It was the odor of new toothpaste or those herbal teas his sister served in the coffee shop across the road. It sliced though the heavier smells of leather and paper, and was so strong that it made his sinuses tingle; he felt as if he was going to sneeze at any moment. He quickly pulled out his iPod earbuds. Sneezing with headphones on was not a good idea: made your ears pop.

    Eggs.

    Foul and stinking—he recognized the sulfurous odor of rotten eggs. It blanketed the clear odor of mint . . . and it was disgusting. He could feel the stench coating his tongue and lips, and his scalp began to itch as if something were crawling through it. Josh ran his fingers through his shaggy blond hair and shuddered. The drains must be backing up.

    Leaving the earbuds dangling over his shoulders, he checked the book list in his hand, then looked at the shelves again: The Complete Works of Charles Dickens, twenty-seven volumes, red leather binding. Now where was he going to find that?

    Josh had been working in the bookshop for nearly two months and still didn’t have the faintest idea where anything was. There was no filing system . . . or rather, there was a system, but it was known only to Nick and Perry Fleming, the owners of The Small Book Shop. Nick or his wife could put their hands on any book in either the shop upstairs or the cellar in a matter of minutes.

    A wave of peppermint, immediately followed by rotten eggs, filled the air again; Josh coughed and felt his eyes water. This was impossible! Stuffing the book list into one pocket of his jeans and the headphones into the other, he maneuvered his way through the piled books and stacks of boxes, heading for the stairs. He couldn’t spend another minute down there with the smell. He rubbed the heels of his palms against his eyes, which were now stinging furiously. Grabbing the stair rail, he pulled himself up. He needed a breath of fresh air or he was going to throw up—but, strangely, the closer he came to the top of the stairs, the stronger the odors became.

    He popped his head out of the cellar door and looked around.

    And in that instant, Josh Newman realized that the world would never be the same again.