Saturday, August 21, 2010

Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos

R. L. LaFevers
Start Date: 20 August 2010
End Date: 21 August 2010

After reading the first few chapters of this book, I wasn’t sure I would like it. I wasn’t really able to connect with the story or with the protagonist, Theodosia. However, once the action started, I was fully drawn into her quest, and this became a book worth staying up the night for. 11-year-old Theodosia spends her days in the Museum of Legends and Antiquities run by her father, educating herself about the artifacts in the museum. However, what makes her different from any overly-intelligent 11-year old is her ability to see the curses on the museum’s artifacts. As the only person able to see these curses, Theodosia has taken the responsibility of un-cursing the objects. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those readers who, like me, want to get the story moving) her mother, an archaeologist, brings home an artifact with a curse strong enough to affect all of Britain, Theodosia becomes tangled in a plot of international proportions. The ending is satisfying enough, but leaves the reader wanting a sequel, which, happily, there is: Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris. I’ll be reading that soon and will definitely post a review of it.

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