Plot: Sophie Josh Nick and Scathach arrive in Paris after barely escaping with their lives from John Dee. Nick takes the twins to a former student of his Comte de Saint-Germain. Comte teaches Sophie to use fire magic and how to sort out her memories from the witch of endor. Josh is given a sword of fire magic. Dee along with Machiavelli and a trio of Disir attack the group. Schathach is taken into a river and is presumed dead. Back in Alcatraz Perenelle finds the spider elder Areop-Enap and the two together stop the Morrigan. Back in Paris Josh is in the catacombs and gets a special gift from Mars Ultor. When the get out of the catacombs they find that Dee and Machiavelli set a trap awakening all the statues of paris. The group escapes to London on a train when the book ends.
The theme for this book is to never give up. Many times during this book the Twins are scared for their life and worry what will happen to them, but they continue on and face their fears and overcome them.
The tone for this book is optimistic. It really goes with the theme because so many times during the book it seems like it will be the end of someone and it almost always works out well.
Some elements I saw were foreshadowing(many times) the authors diction. Personification giving creatures and bizarre things human characteristics. Irony.
The Author uses diction very well I think. Many characters in this book are from different time periods and you can really tell when they start speaking and they use words that are not really in used vocabulary anymore. The same with syntax each character is a little different and it seems the older the character the more formal they talk and word their sentence.
The protagonist is somewhat a mix between static and dynamic. His core views and values seem the same throughout the book. While some things change a little like his views on the twins and Nick. Nothing major its not like he went from pure evil to something nice. But he did change somewhat. So im not exactly sure what to classify him as.
And last of all I feel like I came away with a group of new friends (and enemies) after reading this book. Its kind of weird how something made up and only words on a paper can end up meaning so much to someone or feel like you know them well.