Author: R.L. LaFevers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Paperback, 344 pages
Date Published: April 9, 2007
Description (Taken from Goodreads)
Theodosia Throckmorton has her hands full at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities in London. Her father may be head curator, but it is Theo—and only Theo—who is able to see all the black magic and ancient curses that still cling to the artifacts in the museum. When Theo’s mother returns from her latest archaeological dig bearing the Heart of Egypt—a legendary amulet belonging to an ancient tomb—Theo learns that it comes inscribed with a curse so black and vile that it threatens to crumble the British Empire from within and start a war too terrible to imagine. Intent on returning the malevolent artifact to its rightful place, Theo devises a daring plan to put things right. But even with the help of her younger brother, a wily street urchin, and the secret society known as the Brotherhood of the Chosen Keepers, it won’t be easy . . . she quickly finds herself pursued down dark alleys, across an ocean, through the bustling crowds of Cairo, and straight into the heart of an ancient mystery. Theo will have to call upon everything she’s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her country—and herself!
Theodosia Throckmorton spends most of her days in the Museum of Legends and Antiquities. Her father is the Head Curator of the museum and her mom is quite the archaeological excavator. She digs up sites all over Egypt, attempting to find lost and ancient artifacts. What her parent don’t realize, is that the artifacts they dig up and display in the museum, hold ancient curses and are shrouded in black magic. Theodosia has the job of keeping her parents safe by getting rid of these curses, but because she appears to be the only one who can tell an object is cursed, she’s stuck with the task. What happens when Theodosia comes up with an object that is so cursed, it affects not only those around it, but all of Britain?
I am quite amazed that I had never heard of Theodosia. It must be because my brothers are too old for it (and are boys) and that I don’t usually frequent the children’s section in bookstores. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos was a fantastic read all in all. Theodosia is an intelligent, adventurous character who is strong and determined. She carries a lot of weight on her shoulders, but she does it willingly. Her parents aren’t around too much because of their jobs, which relates to my previous post about absentee parents, but that situation is addressed. With Theodosia’s lack of parental influence, she gets into all sorts of trouble, but she somehow manages to get through it.
Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos is the perfect book for middle grade readers. The story focuses on a young girl, but I think boys would easily enjoy it as well. It has the right amount of action that would keep anyone intrigued.
Opening line: I don’t trust Clive Fagenbush.
Favorite line: Let them remember that his retribution was swift and terrible, as it will always be through all eternity.