This is not related to Harry Potter. Even so, this book was highly entertaining and was action-packed from start to finish. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it. It was an excellent start to a series.
The novel follows a brother and sister, Sophie and Josh, fifteen year old twins who are enjoying a typical summer in San Francisco. Josh gets a job working at a small bookshop for a man named Nick Fleming. One day a strange man attacks Nick and Josh and Sophie attempt to help only to be thrust into a magical and dangerous world. They soon learn that Nick Fleming is really Nicholas Flamel, an immortal on the run. Sophie and Josh have a bigger role in this magical world than they ever imagined.
I read this book at the insistence of my husband and I was not disappointed. I immensely enjoyed the plot and the characters. I was never bored reading the adventure and found it extremely difficult to put my book down and take care of my responsibilities. The fight/action scenes were extremely well written and they were generously distributed throughout the novel. I adored the relationship between the siblings and the examination of their twin bond. The complex character of Flamel himself was fascinating to read and I found myself simultaneously trusting him and questioning his motives, much like Josh and Sophie.
Overall, I am excited to continue this series and I am very happy it was recommended to me. I definitely think you guys should check it out because it was fantastic.