Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke


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Friday, May 25, 2012

My favorite Series Keeps Getting Better

Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel:  The Necromancer by Michael Scott
(Mythology, Fantasy, Thriller)

Of all my favorite book series, this one is in the top 5.  Make that the top 3 and climbing to the pinnacle. 

The Necromancer is the 4th in the series and they must be read in order.  In this installment (only one week after the last book ended!), Josh and Sophie Newman go home only to be kidnapped (again) by an ancient vampire who happens to be the twin of their best friend.  Since she has disappeared, they grudgingly join forces to find her.  Both Josh and Sophie are one step closer to realizing their full magical potential and thereby either saving or destroying the world.

All the main and beloved characters are back but this book shows them in a much more multi-faceted way and it's often hard to tell the difference between the good guys and the bad guys.

What I love about these books is all the mythology--Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Sumerian.  You name a culture--the myth is in this book, come to life.  Some of the stories are known to me but many characters are unknown.  I find myself constantly racing to the computer to read more and then am delighted by the clever way Scott incorporates them into the novel.  And, the marriage of famous historical figures and fantasy is nothing short of genius. 

You literally never know what's going to happen when you turn every page of this book and I already have either bought the next ones in the series or have pre-paid for their release.  I don't so much read these books as inhale them as soon as they come out.  They are meant to be devoured deliciously!

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