I’m afraid our planned leader for this discussion is currently out of commission, so yours truly will be taking over. My first question is who else has read The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, by Michael Scott?
One of the things I liked about the book was how Scott uses historical figures as characters. Nicholas and Perrenelle Flamel and Dr. John Dee were all real people, alchemysts to boot. He also tosses in characters from mythology—Scathach is my favorite. The mythology connections reminded me of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by Rick Riordan.
The book is fiction, to be sure, but I find these links to my reality helpful in getting me into the story. You know fantasy isn’t my thing, so every little bit helps, and I enjoyed these links.
Do these connections do anything for you?
Do they alter the way you experience the story?
Were you familiar with the names, people, or characters? I wasn’t.
Did you look them up online? I did, but only because Josh was doing it. I’m not sure I would have thought to do it on my own, at least not in book one. In later books, characters show up that I do know from history, so that might have inspired a bit of recreational research.