Monday, August 6, 2012

The Enchantress, by Michael Scott- Review

From Goodreads:
The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.

San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.

But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?

Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.

Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what - or who - the twins will be fighting for.

Today the battle for the world will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart - one to save the world and one to destroy it?

This was the big defining moment, after years of build up, cliff hangers, and one of the most complex plot lines I've ever read, could Michael Scott bring this story to a satisfying conclusion?  Was all my annoyance by the lag between instalments and the big breaks between the cut-throat action worth it?  Was there going to be PAY OFF??!!

I have on word for you.

The Enchantress was everything I had hoped it could be, and then some.  Chock full of surprises and satisfying answers it rounded out the series with the perfect conclusion.  Fast paced, complicated and teaming with characters and plot twists, Scott kept every moment of this series high tension and suspenseful without ever dropping any of his 500 balls he had in the air.  I can only imagine the level of planning and notes that must have been involved, over the years, to keep the story on target.

Unlike any YA series I've read before, Scott has created an incredibly detailed fantasy world based on all sorts of intriguing scientific facts and theological speculation.  It's filled with some of histories most intriguing personas and I love his fiction of what these people would be like as immortals.  His world building is as layered and nuanced as his characters, and figures as much into the story as the drama between the various sides.  But it's the mix of historical fact, scientific imaginings, theology, mythology and fantasy which makes this series it's own creature.  I was as intrigued by his Author Notes at the end as I was by his ever shifting plots.  Seeing the background of many of his story elements was always a fascinating way to round out his story.

As a great lover of both history and fantasy I have to say this series was a beautiful coupling of the two things.  I've had dinner in Nicholas Flamels home, which is one of the oldest standing buildings in Paris.  It's one of those places you can sit in and yet hardly believe it harks back to someone so surrounded in mythology and history, so many hundreds of years removed from you in the moment you are sitting there.  It's surreal to realize this man steeped in myth was an actual person which is exactly the element of history Scott so successfully toys with.  A story like The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is a throughly satisfying imagining of what could have been, and Scotts intensive research has made it believable in a way fantasy often isn't.

Now it's complete, I cannot recommend this series enough.  The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel is by far one of the most unique and outstanding YA Fantasy series out there. Do yourself a favour and make it one of your summer reads, you won't regret it.

The Enchantress, by Michael Scott
Published by Delacorte Press, May 22nd, 2012
My copy kindly provided by the publisher
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1 comment:

  1. It's finally finished? This is like Robert Jordan for me. I didn't want to commit until I knew the series was over and I could read it all straight through. So yay, time to pick this stuff up.