Tuesday, September 17, 2013

the lost stories from the secrets of nicholas flamel

the death of joan of arc
lost stories from the secrets of nicholas flamel
michael scott
delecorte books for young readers
published 2010 & 2011

Joan of Arc was not burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431.  She was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior.

The truth of that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York.

This is a short story telling the rescue of Joan of Arc by Scathach.  If you've read the books than you'll be familiar with the rescue, but Scott hasn't gone into detail until this short story.  While it was a good addition to the series it was kind of disappointing that it was told from an observer's point of view instead of Joan or Scatty's.  It would have been interesting to know what was going through Joan's mind during that time.  The story is super short, only about 17 pages, but t  chock full of action!

Billy the Kid is immortal.  And being immortal means following unpredictable paths.  Here is the tale of how Billy the Kid and Scathach meet for the first time and join forces against the unseen, deadly and eternally hungry vampyres who control the city of Las Vegas - where Scathach must face her greatest fear.

This short story had a bit more meat to it and even though it's Billy's name in the title, the story is really Scathach's.  In the second to last book in the series (or maybe the 3rd to last!) we find out that Aoife & Scathach had a falling out that revolved around a man they both loved.  Here we get a bit more history about that betrayal.

I liked this one.  Scatty & Billy are two of my favorite characters from the series so extra time is a good time!

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