My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Background: Nick Flamel is not who he says he is, not just a bookstore owner, but an immortal alchemyst. Josh and Sophie are just teenagers working their summer jobs, when they get wrapped up in the unbelievable world that surrounds Nick. Thought to be the twins of an ancient legend they begin their journey and the fight to save humanity from the evil Dr. D and the Elders.
Review: I have been putting off reading this series and now I feel stupid that I waited so long. This first book was very good and it made me want to jump right into the next one. Sophie is very likable and put together, while her brother Josh is impatient and constantly nagging, so they play well off of one another.
When Sophie starts to get treated differently it becomes clear that Josh is super jealous of his twin's abilities and it is a good lead in to the next book. I think the idea of having all myths and legends based in truth for this book is great. The twins come in to contact with some crazy things, immortals, magic, beasts that have not existed in centuries, and many other things. It's a fantasy, mystery, and adventure all wrapped into one book and the story never lets you down.
The story alternates between various groups of people, sometimes the twins with Nick, sometimes Dr.D and also Perenelle who is Nick's Wife.
Great 1st book, almost done with book 2, also full of adventure!