By: Michael Scott
Reviewed by: Alexa M.
“And Josh felt a terrible hunger, accompanied by a ferocious rage, burn through him. It washed across his body, until a red mist actually drifted across his eyes, and he was looking at the world through a film of crimson. And then all the creatures in the cells came awake… One by one, all the monstrous creatures… charged. And the Elders turned and fled…” A week ago Josh and Sophie Newman were two regular teenagers in San Francisco. But, that was before they saw Josh’s boss Nicholas Flamel, alias Nick Fleming, fight Dr. John Dee using spheres of energy. Now they have experienced many new, and said to be impossible things. Sophie and Josh have both had their powers awakened, and they have always been close, being twins. But now they find out that they are the twins, the legendary prophesied twins that have the power to save the world or destroy it. The problem is which twin is going to save the world, and which twin is going to destroy it? The events of the past week have led them to encounter many new friends that Nicholas Flamel has introduced them to, for example, Scathach, the warrior maid, and Tsagaglalal, she who watches. Sophie trusts Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel, but Josh doesn’t. In fact he is leaning towards the lying and manipulative Dr. Dee. Dr. Dee promises Josh a world of paradise, but he forgets to mention that he will rule it. So can Sophie reach her brother in time, before he makes the biggest regret in his life? And most importantly can the world as it is today be safe on Sophie’s shoulders?
Two features of the book that I liked the most were the plot and the setting. I liked the plot because if there ever was a time when the characters were settling down another adventure came up. For example, when Sophie just escaped from Coatlicue, the ravenous mother of all gods and first vampire, she had to go on an adventure to try and find her brother! I liked the setting because it is in the twenty-first century, and the author compares the technology that we have today to the ancient Archon and Elder technology. This makes a good comparison because as far as we have advanced in the technology today, the Elder and Archon technology is about five times more advanced! For example the way of transportation, on the Elder island of Danu Talis, was flying saucers called Vimana’s, which is much more advanced than the modes of transportations we have today. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adventures and split second escapes! This book kept me on the edge of my seat waiting to see what happened next. If you are a reader who enjoys action and adventure this book is definitely for you. To find out the fate of the world read The Warlock!