Monday, October 6, 2014

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R. L. LaFevers

Theodosia Throckmorten spends most of her time alone among the artifacts at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities. But she stays at the museum because she has been blessed, or cursed, with the ability to sense Egyptian curses still clinging to the ancient artifacts. Using this sixth sense, Theodosia researches ways to counteract the curses so that the artifacts are safe for her father, the head curator, and the museum employees. While working on some cursed artifacts, she uncovers a secret society called the Serpents of Chaos. Their purpose is to use the power of cursed Egyptian artifacts to create a world war. It’s up to Theodosia and her keen magical senses to thwart the Serpents of Chaos’ efforts.

LaFevers creates an incredibly smart, sophisticated protagonist in Theodosia Throckmorten. Theodosia’s intelligence and gut-feelings drive her to be a quiet heroine at her father’s museum. But along with her long days counteracting black magic at the museum—while only surviving on jelly sandwiches—Theodosia also takes to the streets of London to find her needed cures.  It’s here that LaFevers takes readers to a dark, sinister side of London where Egyptian magic threatens Theodosia and her family. This page-turning adventure can be a great introduction to Egyptian culture for young readers.

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