Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theoand only Theowho is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum.
When Theos mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypta legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tombTheo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it wont be easy . . . she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything shes ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her countryand herself!
December 17, 1906
I dont trust Clive Fagenbush.
How can you trust a person who has eyebrows as thick and black as hairbrushes and smells of boiled cabbage and pickled onions? Besides, Im beginning to suspect hes up to something. Whats worse, I think he suspects Im up to something. Which I usually am.
Not that anyone would take the word of an eleven- year-old girl against that of the Second Assistant Curatoreven if that girl just happens to be the daughter of the Head Curator of the museum and is rather cleverer than most (or so Ive been told; oddly, I dont think they meant it as a compliment). As far as I can tell, it doesnt make any difference to adults how clever children are. They always stick together. Unless you are sick or dying or mortally wounded, they will always side with the other adult.
Thats certainly the case here, anyway. My father oversees the Museum of Legends and ...
Children aged about eleven years and up will root for Theodosia and enjoy the action and the gritty details of how to recognize and remove curses (every detail of Theodosia's curse removing kit is lovingly explained). Hopefully, we won't have to wait for too long for the next in the series.
(Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
Full Review (846 words).
R. L. LaFevers has been
fascinated by libraries and
museums ever since she first set
foot in one. She's pretty sure
it's because of all the ancient
mysteries sitting there on the
shelves, just waiting to be
discovered. She has also spent a
large portion of her life being
told she was making up things
that weren't there, which only
proves she was destined to write
When she's not gazing longingly at ancient artifacts or wallowing in old forgotten texts, she's busy trying to keep one ...
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