Book 6 : Descent of Angels

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Zahariel El’Zurias, a boy native to Caliban, is inducted into the Order, an organisation of knights dedicated to defending the people of Caliban from its many predatory beasts. His induction takes the form of mock interrogation where he is questioned by three of the Order’s leaders: Lion El’JonsonLuther and Cypher. He passes the induction and trains as a knight-supplicant alongside his best friend and cousin Nemiel, with whom he shares a competitive rivalry. While the boys train, the knights of the Order continue to carry out Jonson’s grand plan to hunt Caliban’s Great Beasts to extinction, though the Lion reveals to Zahariel during an minor initiation that the hunt is almost at an end with the near-impenetrable Northwilds the only remaining stronghold of the beasts. During a scouting mission led by Zahariel’s hero Amadis, Zahariel’s squad comes under attack by a Great Beast and takes casualties. Zahariel risks his own life to keep the beast distracted from his friends, and while Amadis kills the beast he ensures that Zahariel is recognised for his actions, earning him attention from the Order’s upper echelons. Amadis begins mentoring Zahariel and Nemiel’s jealousy makes their rivalry less friendly than before, though they remain close.

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The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox – Barry Hughart, Kaja Foglio

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When I got out of Andover in the 1950s I suffered from fairly severe depression, but this was back when the only such term recognized by the medical profession was ‘depressive’ following ‘manic’ which was one bad gig until some genius renamed it ‘bipolar disorder’ and after that it couldn’t harm a fly. Since I wasn’t lucky enough to qualify for manic and clinical depression didn’t exist they diagnosed schizophrenia and packed me off to a booby hatch. (Which was not entirely a bad thing. Man, the scene at Kings Count Psychotic Ward was like awesome!) Then I was promoted to a slightly less odorous asylum where Doctor Oscar Diethelm expounded upon the delights of going snickety-snick on my frontal lobes, and while it would take too long to explain I managed to escape to Columbia University. There I found myself groping through weird landscapes obscured by clouds of pot behind which pimpled prophets of the Beat Generation shrieked, ‘Our minds destroyed by madness, starving, hysterical, naked, dragging through black streets at dawn looking for an angry fix, or what the f*ck, something like that. Yo, daddy-o!’ and I said to myself, ‘Barry, you have found a home.’

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The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate – Ted Chiang

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Fuwaad ibn Abbas, a fabric merchant, tells this story to the Caliph of Baghdad, perhaps in the classic “Arabian Nights” period of the Caliphate, as “a warning to those who would be warned and a lesson to those who would learn.”

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Tortured Souls: The Legend of Primordium – Clive Barker, Bob Eggleton

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Tortured Souls is one of the most vividly imagined, tightly compressed novellas ever written by the incomparable Clive Barker. At once violent and erotic, brutal and strangely beautiful, it takes us into the heart of the legendary “first city” known as Primordium, the site of political upheaval, passionate encounters, and astonishing acts of transformation.

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The Hobbit : Or There and Back Again – J.R.R. Tolkien, Peter Sis

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J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic prelude to his Lord of the Rings trilogy featuring cover art by Caldecott Honor winning children’s book illustrator Peter Sís, this edition of The Hobbit has been specially formatted for young readers. Larger print size and wider margins provide reading ease for the youngest Tolkien fans. This quality digest edition also includes interior maps and original interior illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien.

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The Death of Joan of Arc: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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The Death of Joan of Arc: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Side Stories)

 

Michael Scott’s first-ever exclusive ebook short story delves into the world of the bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and offers readers a never-before-seen lost story—the story of two warriors who would become sisters.
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The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (6/6)

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The Enchantress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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Enchantress picks up where its predecessor, The Warlock, left off. Two of its central characters, the fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh Newman, have been re-united after being briefly separated. The twins, along with John Dee and Virginia Dare, go back in time to the Isle of Danu Talis, where Osiris and Isis are revealed to be Dee’s masters and the twins’ parents. Osiris removes Dee’s immortality, but Dee does not immediately die (he is later found by Marethyu, who restores his health and sight). Virginia Dare chooses to side with Osiris and Isis.

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The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (5/6)

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The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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At the end of The Necromancer, twins Sophie and Josh Newman were separated. Sophie left with the now very weak protagonist Nicholas Flamel, his wife, Perenelle Flamel and Niten, an immortal Japanese swordsman; while Josh exited with the main antagonist Dr. John Dee and his accomplice Virginia Dare. Mars Ultor, the Avenger, sees Sophie, accompanied by Niten, seeking a way to reclaim her brother. Nicholas Flamel is unable to help her in the search as he lapsed into unconsciousness after the battle against Dr. Dee, Virginia Dare and the Archon, Coatlicue. Perenelle and Prometheus escape from Hades, Prometheus’s long drawn-out punishment shadowrealm, which crumbles into nothing, because Prometheus uses most of his aura to feed the crystal skull.

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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (4/6)

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The Necromancer: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Plot summary

Nicholas Flamel, Pernelle Flamel, Sophie, and Josh return to San Francisco. The Flamels go to their book store while Josh and Sophie head for their Aunt Agnes’ house. When they approach they see a limousine waiting outside and a stranger talking to their Aunt. They approach with caution but in the following scuffle on the doorstep Sophie is dragged into the car by a female looking exactly like their lost friend Scathach, but who is in fact her twin, Aoife. Josh races to the book store to alert Nicholas and Perry and together, they set out to rescue Sophie who has been taken to a houseboat in Sausalito owned by Aoife’s companion, the Japanese immortal, Niten

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The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (3/6)

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The Sorceress: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

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Flamel takes the twins to London, where he uses Francis to enlist Palamedes, the Saracen Knight, to help them. Palamedes takes them to his home, a junk-yard in London, and they manage to work together to contact Perenelle. Perenelle is trapped on Alcatraz with the friendly but untrustworthy spider elder, Areop-Enap, after narrowly escaping the Sphinx and defeating the Morrigan. Morrigan had been suppressed sufficiently by the Words of Power that resided on the island that her body was retaken by her two elder sisters, Macha and Badb. Perenelle also makes fleeting contact with Scathach and Joan of Arc by scrying. Areop-Enap and its spider army are then attacked by an onslaught of poisoned flies, killing most of the spiders and wounding Areop-Enap. Billy the Kid has joined forces with Machiavelli in an attempt to kill the sorceress, but Perenelle, aided by Macha and Badb, tricks the pair and steals their boat, travelling back to the mainland with her new ally, the Crow Goddess.

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The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (2/6)

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Plot summary

Sophie and Josh Newman – 15 year-old twins – are in Paris with the alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, and his friend, Scathach. They now face Niccolò Machiavelli and his colleague, but also rival, John Dee, who both work for the Dark Elders. Machiavelli is plotting to capture the twins and Flamel with the missing pages of the Codex – or Book of Abraham the Mage – before Dee can arrive in France from San Francisco. The twins seek out a friend and student to Nicholas, Comte de Saint-Germain, who teaches Sophie to use the elemental magic of Fire. Saint-Germain’s wife, Joan of Arc, helps Sophie to learn to control her aura and to sort out the Witch of Endor’s memories from her own. Josh is given the legendary stone sword Clarent, twin blade of Excalibur, by Nicholas. Clarent is an ancient Fire Elemental sword. Josh, Joan, and Scathach encounter three Disir, more commonly referred to as Valkyries. The Disir are ancient enemies of Scathach and bring along the soul-devouring Nidhogg, a ferocious monster once trapped in the roots of Yggdrasil – the world tree. The monster was freed after Dee destroyed Yggdrasil and attacks Scathach but fails to slay her. Instead, it captures Scathach in its claws, but flees with Scathach when the ancient sword Clarent, wielded by Josh, wounds it. Meanwhile, Nicholas’ wife, Perenelle Flamel, who had been captured, is taken to Alcatraz as a prisoner.

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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (1/6)

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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Book 1/6

Plot summary

Sophie and Josh Newman are 15 year-old twins who are working at their summer jobs in The Coffee Cup in San Francisco (Josh works at the book store where John Dee enters, Sophie works at The Coffee Cup) when a mysterious man, John Dee, comes into the book store right next to them for a book, the Codex – or Book of Abraham the Mage. Josh witness both Nick and Perry using magic. They discover that Nick is not an ordinary bookseller, but is the medieval and the legendary alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel, being kept alive by making the elixir of life (a secret from the Codex) for him and his wife, Perry (Perenelle). Dee also uses magic and takes the Codex by force while Josh is holding it – resulting in two pages being left behind “The Summoning” pages that Dee needs to raise the Dark Elders. Both Flamels need the Codex to make the elixir of life, or they will age rapidly and die within a month. Also, if they do not retrieve the Codex, Dee will summon the Dark Elders to destroy the world and return to an age in which humans are but slaves and food.

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