I am a fan of this series for a little more than two years now. This series is one of the reasons why I read, and I will always treasure this experience for years to come. Reading the final book of a series is always signficant because it will give closure to the story. An ending. I always have this idea in my mind that is why at the midst of excitement of reading many finales, there's always a little lump of sadness in my heart. Reading The Enchantress is special to me because of this very reason. But after reading The Enchantress, I felt that there is something different. Something much better. It gave me the feeling like it will never be over. Here are my thoughts and feelings about The Enchantress:
I enjoyed reading the part where Osiris held John Dee's head and turned him into an old man. They've been threatening to execute this punishment since The Necromancer. Finally, after a few books, we got to witness Dee's defeat. This point marked the end of Dee's scheming at the expense of the destruction of the world. This moment changed him too. He was selfish and uncaring then, but once he experienced how it was to be an old, weakened humani, he suddenly began to have compassion towards the people.
The most spectacular scene of this book for me is the moment when Sophie and Josh were marching towards the Pyramid of the Sun. I can see the magnificence of the event as if I was there myself: a gold and silver, in suits of silver and gold armor, marching on a gold pavement, towards a great golden pyramid, and being witnessed by almost all of the Elders: the highest and most powerful members of society. Just how cool is that! Even Marethyu, who experienced countless adventures over the millenia of his existence, acknowledges the twins' arrival as one of the most extraordinary moments in the history of the isle of Danu Talis.
The scene at the gates of Tartarus with Aten, Ard-Greimne, Virginia Dare, John Dee, Scathach and the humans of Danu Talis, for me, is a simple and more beautiful version of Tolkien's Helm's Deep. We've seen how Dare and Dee defeated Ard-Greimne's army by using their own arrows against them. A fitting end for the Doctor, too. For he died a hero's death. What more, we got a bonus when we learned who Scathach's father is.
My most favorite part is the climax of the story, when Sophie, Josh, Isis, and Osiris were on the top of the Pyramid of the Sun. I love the revelations of Sophie & Josh's true origins, and of Isis & Osiris's true nature. It was remarkable how Josh destroyed the Earthlords. I wonder if Josh now possess the Earthlords' knowledge and memories. What revelations he would learn if that is so. And lastly, it was a perfect finale when Josh transformed into the destroyer of worlds.
As much as The Enchantress is a conclusion to the Flamel series, it is also a prequel of The Alchemyst, in a way. It told the story of how the events of the first book came to pass: from the story of how Marethyu came to be in possession of the Codex, to the story of how Dee found the Flamels in The Small Bookshop.
The story didn't end. It came to full circle. Only a handful of authors can pull something like that. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series is truly a masterpiece!