Sophie and Josh Newman have chosen sides. Even though she still doesn’t quite trust them, Sophie is working with the Flamels to stop Dr. John Dee from releasing the Elders and destroying the world as we know it. Josh, cleverly manipulated by Dee and his partner Virginia Dare, believes the Elders can save the world, and intends to help Dee release them. Machiavelli and Billy the Kid seem to be reconsidering sides as well, as they refuse to help Dee release the monsters of Alcatraz onto San Francisco. Meanwhile, Scatty, Joan, St. Germain, Palamedes and Shakespeare have all been pulled back in time to Danu Talis by the mystery man with a hook to ensure that it falls.
The Warlock is a nice setup for the sixth and final book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. Several story lines are finally coming together. Questions are being answered. Perenelle and Nicholas Flamel are becoming less important, and the story is being told from different points of view, some of characters we have never even heard of until now. Everyone is choosing a side, preparing for the final battle that will determine the fate of all the worlds.
I liked this book better than the last two in the series. Josh and Sophie both did much less complaining, for one thing, which was a nice change of pace. And it was about time some questions were finally answered–although, of course we were left with several as well, including the big surprise in the last sentence of the book. I’m intrigued to finish the series, and see which twin turns out to the be the one to destroy the world, and the one to save it. I suspect it will not be the ones we are led to think it will be. I’m also interested to see who Scott kills off in the last novel, since I highly doubt everyone is going to survive this massive battle and live happily ever after. Should be a thrilling conclusion and I’m looking forward to it!