From the author of the Fablehaven series comes another highly imaginative world full of unique characters and interesting plot twists. I like it when characters are smart – even the bad guys. I like it when things I can’t predict happen and they make perfect sense.
This books starts with a prologue that is a very gripping description of a warrior in a dungeon chained to a wall, suffering both physically and mentally. He is determined not to break and tell his captor what he wants to know.
The prince searched inside for hope or faith and found nothing. Perhaps he should accept the invevitable. He was unsure how much longer he could retain his sanity in this unspeakable place.
The prince raised his head. “I will never serve you. You have defeated me, but you will never own me.” He owed these words to those who had died for him. He owed the words to himself. To be destroyed was one thing. At least he had not surrendered.
“Very well, You were my finest adversary, this I acknowledge. But you will break here. You know this. You have my admiration, but not my pity.” Footsteps retreated, and a door clanged shut with the finality of a tomb.” (page 7)
Wow. That’s harsh. I finished reading the prologue and had to just sit there for a minute. Immediately you can tell that the stakes are high in this battle and that the bad guy is really, really bad. And he’s smart. And ruthless. It’s going to take some special people to defeat him. One of them is Jason, a kid probably a lot like you. He is pulled into a new world like Percy Jackson but has to find his way on his own. Author: Brandon Mull
Theodosia Throckmorton began her adventures in Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos. She still spends her time skillfully removing curses from Ancient Egyptian artifacts in the museum where her parents work. She is also dedicated to keeping ancient magic secrets out of the hands of the Serpents of Chaos.
Theo’s mom and dad are still so obsessed with their work they can hardly think about anything else. They remain clueless to the dangers lurking right under their noses as well as the talent of their daughter that keeps all that danger at bay.
This time, Theodosia and her Mother are headed to Egypt on an archeological dig. Theo is also on a secret mission to return the Emerald Tablet to its rightful place in Egypt. The Tablet contains secret information that cannot, under any circumstances, be discovered by Theo’s arch enemies, the Serpents of Chaos. It’s a big burden, actually, to be the person responsible for making sure utter chaos doesn’t take over the world. Theo’s getting kind of tired of all the secrets she has to keep. She’s ready to return the Tablet and be done with it.
Theo’s simple plan gets all complicated when she befriends a boy in Egypt who is much, much more than he first appears. Now the bad guys want the Tablet as well as the boy. They kidnap Theo’s mother to force her to hand both of them over.
Luckily the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers still has Theo’s back, and so do some new friends in Egypt who are also dedicated to keeping ancient magic secrets away from the bad guys.
Secret societies, dark magic, evil curses, good friends and suspense…it’s all in there again! Theo is still smart, loyal, sensitive & brave. She truly worries that her mother thinks she is peculiar. She still gets testy when she feels her opinions are being dismissed because she is a kid, or a girl. (And who doesn’t hate that?!) Author: R.L. LaFevers
Read Sneak Peek Chapters 1, 1 1/2, & 2Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh
I missed Sticky Will and Theo’s brother Henry in this one. Both of them stayed home in London this time. I was hoping there would be a fifth book for the return of Sticky Will especially. I found in the FAQ section of Theodosia’s blog that there WILL be #5. Actually, R.L. says that there could even be MORE than five. Let’s hope so. She says that the title for #5 is Theodosia and the Flame of Sekhmet. It will come out sometime in 2012. Excellent.
Theo might be able to detect ancient curses but she isn’t the only girl with special powers. Emmy can shrink, Molly can hypnotize people and Gilda, well, Gilda sees dead people!
If Ancient Egypt is what you like about Theodosia’s adventures, try some of these books about other kids who find themselves caught up in the adventure and mystery of that time and place:
Hap, the boy with unusually green eyes, the ability to jump high and live without ever sleeping is back in this final book in The Books of Umber Trilogoy.
Hap still lives with Lord Umber in his castle by the sea. He has made friends in this place, even though he doesn’t know how he got there or even who he is. Hap is very, very loyal to his friends. Without them, what does he have? He has no memories before waking up and finding himself with them.
In this final adventure Hap faces the questions that have haunted him since waking up in the cave with no memories. Who am I? WHAT am I? Hap is forced to find the answers to these questions while he and his friends are attacked from all sides – from a hostile king that feels threatened by both Lord Umber and Hap, from the sorceress Turiana who has broken free of the chains that have kept her under control, and from an unknown horror steadily making its way across the ocean toward Celador. The answers aren’t anything you’d ever expect. Expect to think the last few chapters; about fate, destiny, happenstance…and maybe cry a little too. If you COULD see into the future, would you even want to? Author: P.W. Catanese
Read Chapter One: The Books of Umber: The End of Time
Emily has discovered that fairies, piskies, giants and all kinds of creatures actually do exist, it’s just that most people can’t see them. Emily discovers she CAN see them the day she saves a piskie after a battle that takes place in the middle of a London street.
The piskie Emily saves is Corrigan. He’s a little wiry guy, small enough to sit on her shoulder. He’s also opinionated, sassy and brave…just the sort of person you want on your team. Then there’s Emily pickpocket friend Jack. He’s human. He’s also streetwise, opinionated, sassy…and brave…another guy you want on your team. Emily really needs them because the bad guys have kidnapped her little brother and are holding him hostage.
To get William back Emily needs to solve riddles, pick locks, sneak, fight, listen, learn, trust her friends and be very, very brave. Author: Paul Crilley
Amazon Look InsideThe Invisible Order: Rise of the Darklings
1. Giuseppe plays his violin for money, but he isn’t allowed to keep the money, he has to give it to his master or he is beaten or thrown in a dark cellar with rats. He is secretly keeping some of the money hoping to escape someday.
2. Frederick is an orphan that is apprenticed to a clockmaker. He is sercretly building an automoton – a kind of mechanical robot – in hopes that he can be licensed and work for himself someday.
3. Hannah works as a maid in a large hotel. Her Dad is sick and she is the only one in the house that can earn any money. She hopes to find a cure for her Dad so she can return to school someday.
The three kids don’t know each other at all when the story starts but are drawn toward each other on their quest for freedom as they unravel the mystery of a missing treasure. Author: Matthew Kirby