Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time — Back of Book Summary
Places to Meet:
A Garden or Park
Mint Tea, store or fresh
Fruit and Cheese Plates
Candy Mice – click for a recipe
1. Michael Scott originally wanted to write a book about Dr. John Dee as the main character, then during a trip to Paris he found Nicholas Flamel’s book store. From there the story as we know it fell into place. How different do you think the story would have been if it had been “The Secrets of the Immortal John Dee”?
2. Every character except for the twins were based off real people, myths, and legends. Which one did you find the most interesting? Did the book inspire you to research any of them? Did having real world characters and people in the book affect how you read the story?
3. If you could have added in another character from history, myth, or legend who would it be and why?
4. If you were a member of the Elder Race, what part of the world or time period would you design your corner of the Shadow realm on? What would you draw your power from?
5. How do Sophie and Josh change or evolve throughout the course of the story? What events trigger such changes? How did the Awakening of only one twin affect their relationship? Did it affect the course of the story?
6. Did certain parts of the book make you uncomfortable? If so, why did you feel that way? Did this lead to a new understanding or awareness of some aspect of your life you might not have thought about before?
7. Think back on the Witch of Endor’s visions of alternate outcomes of the battle at the World Tree. How different would the story be if one of the other realities had come to pass? What would have happened to the twins? The book?
8. One important task of fantasy writers is to build a believable world while moving their story forward. How did Michael Scott attempt to do this in the book? Do you feel he was successful?
9. The twins both have strong doubts over Nicholas. Why do they distrust him despite his efforts?
10. “We are all prisoners of a sort here- prisoners of circumstance and events”– Nicklolas Flamel.
The debate of whether our lives are led by fate or free will has gone on since very ancient times. Do do feel life is dictated by circumstance or personal choice? Why do you think this debate has persevered without a definitive answer through the ages?