Sunday, August 5, 2012

The Warlock, by Michael Scott- Review

From Goodreads:
The twins of prophecy have been divided - the end has begun.

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.

Danu Talis:
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.

San Francisco:
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.

I've been reading this series for a number of years now, and although I love it, I've been struggling with the year long stretches between each of the SIX instalments.  Imagine, if you will, a TV series like 24 or Damages spread out with one episode and then 12 months, and then another episode etc, and you'll get the gist of why I eventually got fed up with the whole thing.  In fact, I sat on The Warlock until the final book, The Enchantress came out.

Like the four books before it,  The Warlock is an action packed whirlwind adventure set over a couple days.  In this, the second to last part of the story, Josh and Sophie have had to make their final decisions about what side they will stand on in the final battle and who they trust versus who they don't.  All of the many characters who Michael Scott has brought into play throughout the previous four books are finally brought together and are lined up one side versus the other.  The sides are clearly defined and the final lines of the book drop the mother of all shockers to the series.  A cliff hanger I'm thrilled I didn't have to sit on for a year!

An excellent contribution to the series, The Warlock continues the high level of writing that Scott has imbued the entire series with.  There's no real backtracking or synopsis re-hashing for us poor suckers who are trying to keep up with five years of complex story telling, but I managed to keep up which was impressive.  Not a series you'd want to spread out though, if you're the type of reader who struggles to remember large character casts or involved plots if you break it up.  Word to the wise, if you're looking for comparatively complex and drawn out series think Game of Thrones.

As before, and excellent book with strong writing and a truly one of a kind YA fantasy story line.

The Warlock, by Michael Scott
Published by Delacorte Press, May 24th 2011
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