“The Enchantress” – The Final Installment in the Series

Book Review : The Enchantress {The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel}                                                                   by Michael Scott

Spoiler Alert!

In San Fransisco, Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have only one day left to live, and to save the city from the monsters that have been collected on Alcatraz by the Elders. If they cannot succeed a new era will arrive ending humans rule of the earth and the old powers will return.

Sophie and Josh Newman have followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare ten thousand years into the past to the island of Danu Talis. As the legendary twins of Silver and Gold they have choices to make that will change the world.

The prophecy will be fulfilled. “The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.”

Adult Point of View

I am tired of this series. There is so much going on and has gone on for so long I’m not sure I care anymore. Originally I was quite captivated and thought it was fun how Scott and created a new cohesive whole that included everything. By everything, I do mean everything. All world mythology, all legends, all famous people (possibly even those who don’t yet exist) and of course all monsters, time travel, lost cities, magic and we can’t leave out aliens.

If you are tackling this last book in the series here are the lists of the “main” characters according to where they are taking care of monster slaying business.

Danu Talis (Atlanta)
Dr. John Dee (1527–1608, English advisor to Queen)
Virginia Dare (1587- ?, first born child in America of English parents)
Josh and Sophie Newman (twins of legend)
Osiris and Isis (Egyptian deity, revealed to be twins’ parents)
Abraham the Mage (Bible)
Tsagaglalal (She Who Watches, Abraham’s wife, Aunt Agnes, Chinook legend)
Marethyu (Death, and a second name that I am not revealing at this time)
William Shakespeare (1564-1616, English)
Palamedes (Saracen Knight – Aurthurian legend)
Scathach (Irish mythology)
Joan of Arc (1414-1431, French)
Saint Germain (1712-1784)
Bastet (Egyptian goddess)
Anubis (Egyptian god)
Huitzilopochtli (Aztec, the Goddess with Three Faces, )

San Francisco – within the city
Niten (Japanese, in love w/ Aoife – Scathach’s sis.- though she is only mentioned this time)
Prometheus (Greek legend)
Tsagaglalal – she comes for a few minutes at this local too

Niccoló Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian)
Billy the Kid (1859-1881, American)
Black Hawk (1767-1838, Sauk American Indian tribe)
Mars Ultor (Greek god of war)
Odin (Norse god)
Hel (Norse god)

Hopefully that list helps a bit if you are confused.

The most confusing part for me is that generally a rule for time travel has been that you cannot go back in time to a time where you also exist. Reminder here is the big spoiler! Josh becomes Marethyu with the hooked hand. He is present at Danu Talis with Abraham ten thousand years (approximately before he is born) and has manipulated Dr. John Dee through his life, protected Virginia Dare and continues to be present even when Josh is present in the same time and place. Marethyu also gave the codex to Nicholas Flamel and is there to escort the Flamels into death. In other words, two time continuums have crossed. Now that is complicated.

I do have to hand it to Scott that he pulls his loose threads together and ties up the package. Overall it even makes sense. I am not sure why he entitled this book “The Enchantress”, it could have been titled “Death”.

I would have rated the earlier books higher.

3 out of 5 stars

– the Mother

The teen looked at the book and groaned and just asked for me to sum it up for her. She is tired of it too. She loved it so much in the beginning she bought the hardbacks so she wouldn’t have to wait to find out what was happening next.

I would recommend you try book by Cinda Williams Chima, like the Seven Realms series and try Cast of Stones, A The Staff and the Sword series by Patrick W. Carr.

About Tales Untangled

I am a mother of four children and have a passion for reading. I love sharing my treasury of books with my kids. I also do experiments in cooking which includes such things as Indian Tandoori Chicken slow-cooked in a tagine. I write stories and illustrate in ink.
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4 Responses to “The Enchantress” – The Final Installment in the Series

  1. vistos says:

    Just a note to the blogger: generally speaking, they problem you’re having with the same person being in the same time as another version of themselves isn’t really a flaw against time travel theory. It’s just a time paradox. I do love these books, but yes I grew bored with them for a time. Mainly because for some reason I had a feeling it would all come down to josh ending the world with the four swords and sophie going on to remake the world into the new civilizations. That being said, josh transforming into marethyu caught me by surprise…

  2. Jonathon Rentz says:

    Well this was utterly useless! I wanted the mythology on marethyu!n not this

    • I agree! That was my point too, I couldn’t find any mythology on Marethyu – because I believe he is a made up character by the author. If you find something I would love to hear it.

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