Title: The Death of Joan of Arc: A Lost Story from the Bestselling Series
Author: Michael Scott
Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
Pages: E-Book, 223 KB
ASIN: B003Z4JK9U
Publisher/Date: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, c2010
Released August 24, 2010 for the Amazon Kindle

“I have a few regrets. There was a girl I should have married, a war in which I should never have fought, a loaf of bread I should have shared, a lie to which I should never have listened. And there is a story I should have told.
It is time to tell it while I still can.
No doubt you will have been told the tale of the death of the Maid of Orleans. I have heard accounts told by people who were not there, who were either too young or too cowardly to have fought in that terrible war. I have listened to their boasts and their lies and never once have I been tempted to question them, to call them liars.
Perhaps I should have.
I know what happened on that day, the last day of May, in the Year of Our Lord 1431 in Rouen. I was there.”

History tells us that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431. But what if history has been wrong? What if she was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior, a red-haired, green-eyed woman looking not much older than the teenaged Joan? William of York reveals the whole unbelievable story in his last will and testament. will leave you wondering: does Joan of Arc still walk the earth?

The book is described in this way on the Amazon website: “Michael Scott’s first-ever exclusive e-book short story delves into the world of the bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel and offers readers a never-before-seen lost story—the story of two warriors who would become sisters.” While you don’t necessarily have to have read the series beforehand, I think fans of the series will definitely get more out of this very short story. It has the same action that readers of the series has come to enjoy, and I enjoyed seeing the rescue first hand. For only a dollar (okay, $0.99), it’s not that bad of a deal. But I did expect more, and the story didn’t give me any details that you don’t get from the second book, The Magician. If he’d tried, I think Michael Scott could have worked this into one of the previously existing books. Because honestly, I don’t think the majority of his fans are going to have access to a Kindle to read this book. I know I had to borrow one to get my hands on a copy of this. Maybe if it was a whole collection of short stories about Nicholas Flamel and Scathach and the other mythological and historical figures before Sophie and Josh got involved, it would have had more of an impact on me.

On another note, this is my first time reading an e-book on an e-reader. Yes, I realize it was only a short story, but while I still like my hardcovers and physical copies, I was somewhat suprised at how easy on the eyes the screen was. Much less stark and glaring then I thought it would be. My boyfriend has been trying to sell me on the concept for years, and while I’m not a convert just yet, I might just have to start comparing the different styles and brands. I’m still concerned about privacy, ownership, and compatability, but it seems like the companies are moving in the right direction to fix those things. Maybe in another year I’ll be ready for one… maybe. In the meantime, on to more books!

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