Be afraid, be very afraid. After all, an evil magician has just stolen the secret to your immortality. Or your awesome boss has just told you that you hold the key to either saving the world or destroying it. Or a man made of clay has just whisked you off to a cell in Alcatraz. Okay, okay, you get the picture. All the characters in The Alchemyst are scared of something, and for the most part, each of them must come face to face with that fear at some point in the novel. But being scared is totally cool. After all, Nicholas Flamel tells the twins, there is "no shame in fear." What matters is how each character handles that fear.