Reading/Interest Level: Intermediate, Young Adult
Author: Michael Scott
Publisher: Random House
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live and they decide to spend it by fighting off the monsters on Alcatraz to save San Francisco. They have many immortals and Elders fighting with them including Mars, Niten, Machiavelli, and Billy the Kid. During the fight they realize not all of them will survive the night, but it means saving the world from the monsters and destruction. They eventually defeat the monsters, but at great cost. Although they are all immortal or Elder, each character feels the effects of aging due to using their auras for too long. Sophie and Josh are coming to terms with the fact that their parents are actually from Danu Talis. Their parents Osiris and Isis want them to rule Danu Talis, but Sophie and Josh are starting to realize that something is very wrong. The more and more they discover, the more they realize that Osiris and Isis aren't their parents. They now have a decision to make. One to destroy the world and one to save it. One world must die for the other to survive. Josh stays behind to destroy Danu Talis so that the Earth can live on. Sophie survives with Scatty and others. Josh survives as well, but becomes Marethyu, Death. The Earth is no longer in danger, and everyone is saved.
Scott brings this great adventure to a close and ties up all the lose ends. When he introduces new characters, like Marethyu, you start to wonder what role they have to play in the story. As you continue to read about them, Scott surprises you with the characters true identity, like Marethyu being Josh. As you discover more about Osiris and Isis, you can see how cold and uncaring they really are. You starting hoping that Sophie and Josh will realize in time how dangerous it is to be with Osiris and Isis and that they must get away. When Sophie and Josh are fighting for the last time, not only for their lives but for everyone else's, their sadness and confusion is palpable, especially from Josh. When he cries out in anger and fear, you get sucked into his emotions and wish that you could be there to do something and help. Even when Josh sends Sophie away, you can feel his heartbreak of never being able to see his sister again, but also his determination to keep her safe. Through the conclusion to the Nicholas Flamel saga, Scott teaches his readers the true meaning of friendship and that there is great honor in selfless sacrifice.
*Contains moderate violence.