Hi, Gold King...
There's an old saying: "Don't feel like the Lone Ranger!" Meaning that you aren't the only one who doesn't quite "get" all the plot turns, the changes we see in many of the characters, references to things not yet happening, and so forth.
I read these books aloud at school to kids in 6th, 7th and 8th grade. And even after reading "The Alchemyst" aloud seven times, I am still finding little tidbits of insight that hadn't struck me before!
So welcome to the Forum, and DON'T feel like the Lone Ranger! Wait for "The Enchantress", which, we are told, will tie up all the loose ends.