Thursday, January 6, 2011

Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R. L. LaFevers

Theo goes back to Egypt with her mother and her cat, hoping to return the Emerald Table to a place safe from the Serpents of Chaos.  She soon finds the Serpents aren't the only ones after her...

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be publishing this book for young adults in hardcover in April.  I reviewed an eGalley found on Net Galley (thank you).  Yoko Tanaka does the illustrations, which are lovely and make Theodosia come alive.

Theodosia has the power to see magic, both good and bad.  Egypt is corrupt with the magic of old and present.  Theo has to learn how to recognize each spell or spirit for what it is and determine if it's good or evil.  She also has to figure out how to return the secret talismans that have been stolen in the past.

In the meantime, she meets a donkey boy who has a monkey for a pet, has to do excavations with her mother, and has secret meetings with various factions involved in her quest.  She's a busy girl!

The author keeps the story moving fast, makes the magic both amazing and fun, and creates characters bigger than life.  This is the fourth book in this series and it never gets boring.  I'm ready to go on the next adventure with Theo, and I bet you will be, too.

Visit your local bookstore and pick up some earlier editions of Theo's adventures.  Then you'll be all primed for this one in April.

Happy reading!

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