First Lines: The Warlock

The modern usage, a ‘warlock’ usually is a male witch. Sometimes, it implies alliances with greater, evil powers. The fifth book of Michael Scott’s The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series uses it more in line with its Old-English roots: warlock is derived from the Old-English wærloga, oath breaker.

The Warlock is par for the course, and every bit as enjoyable as the previous installments. The next one, book six, The Enchantress, will conclude the series in summer 2012.

Michael Scott — The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)
Nicholas Flamel is dying.