We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst


by Michael Scott

The Alchemyst Chapter 9 Summary

How It All Goes Down

  • The creepy Golems pursue the twins, but two of them are taken out by the crescent blades. Hey, those things are pretty handy.
  • The third Golem survives and steps into the dojo, followed by most of the rats. It's quite the scene.
  • The action switches back to Dr. John Dee. Apparently, he is controlling the remaining Golem from his speeding limousine. 
  • See, Golems are mindless creatures that magicians manipulate with their minds.
  • As his Golem chases the twins, Dee reminisces about a time when he told the story of the most powerful Golem to a lady named Mary Shelley.
  • The story was so good, she even wrote the famous story Frankenstein about it (check out "Shout Outs" for more). 
  • Through the Golem, Dee sees Scatty has joined Flamel. 
  • That's a big bummer for Dee, because apparently Scatty is quite the powerful woman. She must be if Dee is so scared of her.
  • Josh and Sophie watch as the Golem attacks Scatty. Sophie impulsively throws a microwave at the Golem to help, but there's no need. 
  • Scatty just knocks the Golem down. We mean, the girl runs a dojo for crying out loud. We're thinking she can hold her own in a fight. 
  • She pulls out a paper square from the Golem's mouth. Scatty tells them that every magical creature is animated by a spell either in or on its body, and all you have to do is destroy the spell to destroy the creature.
  • Simple, right?
  • Flamel fights the rats with a green ball of magic mist (a warding spell, Scatty informs them).
  • Then he has a chat with the rats, because he knows they're spies for Dee: "Dr. John Dee, you have made the biggest mistake of your long life. I am coming for you." 
  • Here's hoping Dee is quaking in his boots.
  • And he should be, because when Dee tries to send the remaining rats into the room, they're blocked by the very floorboards, which Flamel has turned into trees. 
  • Sophie and Josh learn that one of the oldest secrets of alchemy is that every living thing carries the secret of creation within itself. 
  • Um, you mean DNA? says Josh. 
  • No. Flamel says. It's called magic. 

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...