First lines: The Alchemyst

No, this is not that Paolo Coelho book about following your dreams. This is that book about twins in pursuit of the Book of Abraham the Mage, which contains the secret to life everlasting and might just as well bring on the total destruction of the world if it falls in the wrong hands.

You could describe The Alchemyst as a mixture of equal parts fantasy and DaVinci Code-style thrillers. Fantasy, for the liberal use of magic and mythical figures, and DaVinci Code for the breakneck speed in which the story unfolds and, for me at least, the pace I kept turning the pages. And while I’m not too big on the Code, I thought this one was great fun. The only bad thing about it is that it’s the first part in a six-part series, and it’s bound to take me another five years to find out how it ends.

Michael Scott — The Alchemyst (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
I am legend.