The Warlock (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series #5)

The Warlock (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series #5)

by 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 five of Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

The Oaths: Many have made them.

The Betrayals: Almost as many will undo them.

The twins of prophecy have been divided—the end has begun.
  Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.
  With San Francisco on the bring of ruin at the hands of Machiavelli, and Billy the Kid, Scatty, and Joan of Arc in another dimension called the Shadowrealm, the world stands at the edge of destruction. It is up to Sophie alone to find her twin before the battle begins pr all is lost—forever.
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385735346
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series , #5
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 12,329
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 800L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

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

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The anpu appeared first, tall jackal-headed warriors with solid red eyes and saber-teeth, wearing highly polished black glass armor. They poured out of a smoking cave mouth and spread around Xibalba, some taking up positions in front of each of the nine gates that opened into the enormous cave, others sweeping through the primitive Shadowrealm, ensuring that it was empty. As always, they moved in complete silence; they were mute until the final moments before they charged into battle, and then their screams were terrifying.

Only when the anpu were satisfied that Xibalba was deserted did the couple appear.

Like the anpu, they were wearing glass and ceramic armor, though theirs was ornate rather than practical, and in a style that had last been seen in the Old Kingdom of ancient Egypt.

Minutes earlier, the couple had left an almost perfect facsimile of Danu Talis to travel across a dozen linked Shadowrealms, some remarkably similar to earth, some completely alien. And although the couple were both by nature intensely curious about the myriad worlds they ruled, they did not linger. They raced through a complex network of leygates that would lead them to the place known as the Crossroads.

There was so little time left.

Nine gates opened out into Xibalba, each one little more than a roughly carved opening in the black rock wall. Avoiding the bubbling pits of lava that spat sticky strings of molten rock across their path, the couple traversed the width of the Shadowrealm from the ninth gate to the third, the Gate of Tears. Even the anpu, which were by nature fearless, refused to approach this cave. Ancient memories rooted deep in their DNA warned them that this was the place where their race had almost been exterminated after they'd fled the world of the humani.

As the couple neared the circular cave mouth, the crude and blocky glyphs carved over the opening began to glow with a faint white light. It reflected off their mirrored armor, illuminating the interior of the cave, painting the couple in stark black and white and, in that instant—briefly—they were beautiful.

Without a backward glance, the couple stepped into the dark cave mouth . . .

. . . and less than a heartbeat later, a couple dressed identically in white jeans and T-shirts winked into existence on the circular stone known as Point Zero before Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. The man took the woman's hand in his and together they set off at a brisk pace, picking their way through the debris of stones and broken statues that still littered the square where Sophie and Josh Newman had used Elemental Magic to defeat the cathedral's animated stone gargoyles.

And because this was Paris, no one looked twice at a couple wearing sunglasses at night.

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theReader278 More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this wonderful book! It is a story that keeps you entertained for hours.
hitmanjls More than 1 year ago
The fifth installment of Scott's fantastic series of mythological and historical inter-fusion could not have come with a better background color for the cover, GOLD! Because that's what this book is! This extremely fast paced title will have you flipping page after page, and before you know it you've polished off the whole thing. And isn't that what a good book is all about? Keeping your hands glued to the covers? Continuing the story of teenagers Josh and Sophie Newman, The Warlock follows the siblings as their paths part ways and they find themselves further and further from each other. Nicholas and Perrenelle Flamel have the odds stacked against them, as they are literally fighting for their lives. The hodgepodge grouping that has stepped back in time to the island nation of Danu Talis, led by the mysterious hook-handed figure of Death, battles against insurmountable foes. The God of War Mars Ultor is awakened, Billy the Kid and Machiavelli struggle with releasing the cache of monsters, Dee and Dare continue to corrupt Josh, and Sophie finds out just who her Aunt Agnes really is! Early in the book we find the ever confusing motives of the Witch of Endor uttering a single line that is true to it's core, "this world is in need of a warlock"! Indeed we were, Mr. Scott... Indeed we were!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've had people say to me that they didn't like The secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel Series by Michael Scott. And while I agree that some of the earlier books in the series can get dull, The Warlock just completely blew me away. Some people have complained about there being three-four different points of view, but I find it extremely exciting to see so many different characters' plot lines unfold. This book, like the other books in the series, contains, in my opinion, a very interesting mixture of history and true events in it. Not only does Michael Scott use real people from history, for example, Niccolo Machiavelli, he also includes other history, like the flying vimanas. He also gives a great explanation about the flying vimanas and about the history of flying machines in the back of the book. Some people don't like cliffhangers, but I personally love a good cliffhanger. And Scott did not disappoint. The cliffhanger he left us left me literally gasping aloud when I read. In some cases you are able to easily guess what happens at the end of a book. The ending of The Warlock, however, was in my opinion a complete surprise. I would never have guessed at it in a million years. My only complaint about this book is that the excerpt of the next book was to short, because I really just can not wait until The Enchantress comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good. The entire series is AWESOME. I highly reccomend this book.
dreamingKW More than 1 year ago
While I was worried about the time traveling aspect, the two timelines throughout the book were very easy to follow and distinguish from one another. The action for the group sent to the far distant past (and seemingly far away world of Danu Talis) was non-stop. The current timeline, like in the previous installments, jumps form scene to scene based on certain groupings of characters. This too is action packed and full of surprises. Again we get lots of information about characters new and old. It can feel, from time to time, like you need two charts to help keep track of everything: (1) a family tree to see who is related to each other and how; and (2) a chart to see who is on which side, moment to moment. There are folks flipping sides all over the place. Folks siding with the dark elders revolt and folks on the side of the Flamels revolt as well. It will be interesting to see where everyone ends up in the last book. One twist to confuse it all is revealed on the last page. In my head, I said "what the..? And then I can't believe I was right because I predicted it1" (So you know it's a good one!) We get an excellent explanation of magic from the Earth Magic teacher. And we get two very different "teachings". Both are interesting, but nothing like what we've seen before. We learn more about how one's aura is involved and that both twins are more capable then realized when it comes to the magic that we know. We learn lots of things about the characters and relationships. Some, I was hoping for, some was speculated on, and some questions are still hanging out there (of course, otherwise, what use would the last book be?). There were funny moments, although they were less often then in previous books. It seems this is likely due to that fact that we are getting seriously close to the end of the story and the stakes have risen. The time the Flamels have left is even less and the world still needs to be saved. The dialogue and the interaction between the characters is wonderful. The author continues to amaze me with his ability to paint the picture of the scene in my mind. The addition of details such as the color of character's eyes, the clothes they are wearing, and the scents of their auras give enough details to be so very vivid in my mind, yet the details don't overpower the story line, nor do they add unnecessary length to the book. It is the perfect balance, so that I can get that image and still be moving right along with the action. I think given the events the title "The Warlock" is a little misleading, since **spoiler alert** there are a number of them. But it was wonderful to see who aligned themselves on the side of the humani and who didn't once most of the dust settled. We are introduced to new monsters, new Elders, new magic, flying saucers (yep!!!) and lots of history on many of the characters. Abraham, Agnes, Hel, Odin, Prometheus, Mars, Scatty, are all seen here; that sneaky author with some of these connections! Numerous times I had to stop and digest what I read (in a good way). I was pleasantly surprised that I had guessed a few things (including the "big reveal" at the end - I honestly saw that coming! Yippeeeee for me! Although, I chalk it up to dumb luck since I guessed so many things wrong too!) and totally not surprised by how utterly wrong I was abut others. I still have so many questions. but it is a wonderful book and I can't wait for the next.
Janeth Montenegro More than 1 year ago
This is a really good book. The ending was really unexpected.
bookwormmom More than 1 year ago
I have been hooked on these books right from the beginning and my kids are reading their way through them right now. I thought The Warlock was well written and provided a great twist at the end that I did not see coming! The characters are well rounded and the scenes add some interesting history notes, as well. I would highly recommend this entire series.
Patton-Athenae More than 1 year ago
After reading this latest installment, I'm officially ready for this series to be finished. The first three books really were so strongly written. I spent three years anticipating the release of book after book from Mr. Scott. Even the fourth book, The Necromancer, was rather enjoyable but I felt that it became a bit tangential. Certain things took a turn in a different direction than I thought the series would go. However, The Warlock was the first of these novels to really lose me. Eventhough I was able to speed through this book, a couple of things became alarmingly obvious. Firstly, The Warlock is not much more than a bit of filler material and it took me nowhere special. The book, which only took place over one day in the story of Nicholas Flamel, was not very eventful. Sure, a couple of things happened, but I think it was really a strike out when it comes to the plot on this one. It was a lot of back story and time travelling and I don't really understand why it was all necessary. What happened to the massive battles a quarter of the way into the story? Why was there no risk with this novel? Secondly, Michael Scott's writing style really became a bit too repetitive. He spent way too much time talking about the same things. At this point you don't need to reference the concept of auras once every chapter...we get it, we've already read four of these books. It even became annoying seeing him use some of the same writing conventions from a grammar standpoint, but maybe I'm being picky. Lastly, why is the story not about Nicholas Flamel anymore?? He may not be the strongest character I've ever read about, but this book was akin to JK Rowling writing a Harry Potter book and then making it predominantly about Ron and Hermione while Harry Potter is taking a nap for 300 pages. So, overall I was very disappointed by this effort of Mr. Scott. Some character names became really hard to pronounce. There was a lot of random comic relief that seemed rather forced and awkward. And to be perfectly honest, he lost me when it came to the flying saucers. For me, The Warlock was just too much of a departure from the plot line that was established in the first three books of the series. Ultimately, it was fun to read because I enjoy these Nicholas Flamel books, but I can't help but wonder if this one would have been better if Michael Scott had taken more than a year to write it.
Reader734 More than 1 year ago
The other books in this series were so good I can't hardly wait til this one comes out. It sounds like the whole book is about sophie though. What's up with that?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best book i have ever read, it has a lot of twists and turs and it keeps you entertained for hours!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was an amazing continuation of the magical Nicholas Flamel series. This book has left me hanging for the Enchantress to come out. This is a fascinating series that I recommend you read.
Erika Waldorf More than 1 year ago
waiting, waiting, OK i jusk cant wait any more!!!!!!!!
Marketa Chandler More than 1 year ago
i read the four pages of it. it rocks. cant wait for this and 6th
Heidi Rosenleaf More than 1 year ago
this series is the best ive waited a year 4 this it better hurry up i want it so much that im gonna have to read it at midnight on may 24th the second it comes out! yet i kinda wanna stop reading the series for like 5 years so that i can read like 6 books before having to wait. Cant wait any longer or im gonna die of a rare disease called icannotwaitanymoreidus. its so frustrating!
Amanda Anderson More than 1 year ago
ahhh!!!!!! ive waited a whole freaking year for this!!!! im gonna explode like a hamstser in a microwave!!!!!!
Bianca Cornthwaite More than 1 year ago
I really can't wait this long! The series is awesome though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay I cant wait to read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the first four were so fantastic and fast-paced...i can't wait to get my hands on this one!
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scott returns again to pull us inot his vision of this world, and countless others in The Warlock, the 5th in the Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Josh and Sophie are still seperated, but old enimies form new allianes, and many answers are revealed as Eldres, the New Generation, First People, humani, and fantastic monsters for new alliances, with which the world will survive or perish on. Dozens of twists and surprises await fans of this series, and a corkscrew twist at the end that will leave everyone's heads spinning as the learn more of the truth of worlds and lives across time.
whidbeysue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Like the series but this one was not as riviting for me.
weeksj10 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The newest in the series is good, I'm having trouble with how the author makes EVERYONE seem so fantastic. Each character is more powerful than the one before them and it takes away from the strengths of many of the truly awesome characters. I love how it combines myth, magic, and modern life. The idea of historical characters becoming immortal is cool and I will definitely read the entire series. Not crazy about the writing style, but the concept and plot make up for it.
sch_94 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Summary: In a prophecy written thousands of years before their birth, it was foretold that two children - twins - would be born that would have the power to save the world ... or destroy it. Sophie and Josh Newman are those twins, and together they've traveled with the Flamels around the world, awakening their powers and trying to foil Dr. John Dee's plans to bring about the end of the world. For a while, they were succeeding - that is, until Dee convinced Josh that the Flamels were lying and recruited him. Now Sophie is alone with the Flamels, who are hours away from death and too weak to protect her. With only a few days left, Sophie knows the fate of the world is in her and Josh's hands.... The prophecy says one twin will save the world and the other will destroy it, and even though Josh's crossed over to what Sophie knows is the 'Dark Side', she's still unsure about which one she is.My Thoughts: I've never read anything like Michael Scott's series - the mixture of mythology and fantasy is flawless, and his writing is practically magical. Seriously. I bought the first book in this series on a whim (this is the fifth book), and I've been hooked ever since then.I really enjoyed the twists in this book, along with the addition of some new characters; although Josh's behaviour was a little irritating. I wanted to reach into the book and slap him or something (which is, as you know, physically impossible, but you know what I mean...). At one point it was like he was blind to what was going on, following John Dee and Virginia Dare like a lost puppy.And the ending was amazing! I'm still trying to wrap my head around it (in a good way) - it's going to be a difficult few months waiting for the last book!Final Thoughts: I definitely recommend the series to anyone who's a fan of mythology and fantasy; I especially recommend it to parents who are looking for a good series that they and their children will both enjoy. It's safe for kids 12 and up (there's no swearing, no violence, and no sexual stuff, so fear not!) and the writing is very intelligent, so adults won't feel out of place reading it. Do yourself a favour and check out the series :D
ASBiskey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another great addition to the series. In this episode, the battle lines are more clearly drawn, as all the players take their sides for the next and final installment. I think this is another great book in a great series. It definately requires familiarity with the previous books, but is an excellent continuation,.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Third in the series. The elders, the immortal humani and the ancient gods from all nations are all plotting with and against each other and for and against the rebirth of their ancient birthplace. Part of their plan is the destruction of San Francisco. The gold and silver twins of prophecy, Josh and Sarah Newman, are affiliated with different power groups.
cyderry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The 5th book of the Flamel series shows the true danger that threatens Josh and Sophie as well as the humani world. All the mythological creatures of yesteryear have been imprisoned on the Island of Alcatraz and Dr Dee with Virginia Dare are gaining help from to loose them on the city. When it is revealed the reason why Josh is acting the way he is, the immortals are drawn to trying to warn him but are unsuccessful, they must defend the city and the humani instead. As Nicholas and Perenel's auras start to die as they age, the reader wonders if they will survive long enough to complete their destinies and help the twins to save the world?Many twists and turns await the reader as the characters themselves change and evolve.