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My brother lent me a book during the Holy Week because he could not finish the book. He told me it did not allow him to visualize anything and there were times he did not understand what the fuss is all about. He lost interest in the book because of it.

I have to admit my curiosity got the better of me so I finished the entire series to know what the heck Flammel’s secrets are. Sadly the series was not really a page turner. Pardon to those who loved the book but I share my brother’s confusion. I like being transported to different places whenever I read a book. I see what the characters see, feel what they feel. For some reason this did not happen to me with this book.

Michael Scott described the Elders, Second Generation, Immortals, Archons and beasts but it fell short for some reason. I do not see the supposedly beautiful creatures like Virginia Dare, Hel, She Who Watches even Scat in my mind. I am not scared of Bastet,  Xolotl, Areop-Enap, Dee, Nereus, Nereids and other creatures who supposedly resembled humans but really are not because I cannot imagine them in my head. I was not in Paris nor in London. I was not lost in Shadowrealm and experience how alive Yggdrasill can be. I did not get seasick passing through any leygates nor did I feel fascinated with the play of auras. I did not cringe whenever Niten, Palamedes, Mars, Josh, Sophie, Nicholas, Scat or those fighting for the humani get stabbed or hit. I do not rise up from my chair to knock some sense into Josh head nor do I feel helpless when Sophie loses her “twin”.

I find that this could have been condensed to three. If the author wished for it to be 6 then he could have used his words to make his reader, okay fine this reader see what he sees while writing. Instead he made the characters go on and on about their history. There was a recap of being the seventh daughter of the seventh daughter, of the days gone by, of what happened just a mere five pages before. The characters are too talkative, perhaps it may be the result of being alive for ten thousand years that they have to be too historical. I was always having this bubble thought of “yeah yeah, you just said that” each time. Just think of say all the twenty characters reminiscing each freaking time. I can go through two pages of these internal monologues and still get the gist of the story. The pages allotted for these flashbacks could have been better off if used to allow the readers, okay me and my brother, a peek of this enchanting world the Flammels walk on.

Also the redundancy of lines. Like say “And you don’t have to look quite so happy about it!” was mentioned by Perenelle to Niten, Joan to Scathach. These lines “It has been an honor to know you,” Prometheus said, sword blazing red in a semicircle about him, sparks screaming and exploding off shields and swords. “And it is an honor to die with you,” Niten answered. Then this Odin, who had been as tall and as broad as Mars, was now half his size. “It has been an honor to fight alongside you today,” he said. “It is an honor to die in your company,” Odin said, and breathed his last. You get that deja vu feeling not because you think you’ve read it somewhere else before but because you just read it a page or two ago.

Scott was able however to make the bromance between Palamedes and Will, Mars and Odin, and Billy the Kid and Black Hawk rather prominent. Their exchanges make it known that they  would do everything even die if need be for one another.  I also appreciate the twist in the end. All in all, it was not a badly written series like Twilight but it definitely isn’t a magical experience like Harry Potter was.

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