25 July 2010

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus; R. L. LaFevers

Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus (Theodosia Throckmorton, Book #3)Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R.L. LaFevers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you haven't read Books 1 or 2 of this series (as I haven't), it doesn't really matter - there's enough exposition for you to catch up and the adventure itself is relatively self-contained. Yes, there are elements that will carry over into Book 4, but this is more like An Unfortunate Event or Percy Jackson than a "long-arc" series.

Theodosia's a very unusual Edwardian-era girl, with an ability to see Egyptian curio curses (and an affinity for reversing them). Her parents run a museum in London and much of the action centers around her finding an object and trying to reverse its curse or deciphering the hieroglyphics, not to mention juggling at least three secret societies eager to find/keep track of/abuse said object. And then there's Grandmother...

It's unclear why her brother Henry is at school and she is not, or exactly what age Henry is. His help in several of the scenes is invaluable, and my guess is that he'll be back in future books. The other characters, Wigmere, Fagenbush, Trawley and Stilton, have been given deliberately Dickensian names (I suppose to add to the younger reader's enjoyment) but are really no more than outlines of characters.

The suggested age range (9-12) seems absolutely right for this series.

ARC provided by publisher.

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