Author: R.L. LaFevers
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
e-ARC, 394 pages
Date Published: April 4, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
In this fourth book in the series, Theodosia sets off to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet—embedded with the knowledge of some of the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Accompanied by her cat, Isis (smuggled along in a basket), Theo plans to return the artifact, then explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and oh, yes— help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition.
But nothing ever works out as planned, especially when a precious treasure appears suddenly, and then just as suddenly disappears . . .
When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected!
With the new setting, come new characters. Gadji, the donkey boy that Theo befriends, is funny and cocky and his monkey Sefu is fantastic. I missed Sticky Will, but Gadji certainly made up for the other boy’s absence. There are a slew of new characters within the various secret organizations, so they can be a bit difficult to keep straight, but I love how complex the series is becoming. Instead of giving us more questions, R.L. LaFevers gives us a bucket load of information to ponder. In doing so, Theodosia matures a great deal. Learning some of her history adds another layer to what was already an intriguing series.
Theo is still just as adventurous and ambitious as ever, but she grows so much in this installment. Her parents lack of attention starts getting to her and we finally see her break down because of it. She loves her family and she values the role she plays within the Brotherhood of Chosen Keepers, but she’s still only an 11 year old girl. And 11 year old girls need their parents to pay attention to them and do more than tell them they’re in the way. Theo’s fierce attitude and determination have flourished even without the encouragement of her family, but I look forward to seeing how some of the revelations learned here, play into how she conducts herself in the future.
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is another splendid journey into ancient Egyptian magic and mythology. Theo is certainly a character to remember, what with her stubborn will and unwaveringly good nature. She fights for what she believes in and she fights for it hard. Be it her family, her friends, or even the world, Theodosia is always up for the challenge. Add in a few secret organizations, a couple of powerful Egyptian artifacts, some family secrets, a chatty monkey, and an oddly intuitive cat, and you have yourself a series that is memorable and entertaining. I’m waiting on pins and needles for the next one!
Opening line: Even with the windows closed, the sand still managed to creep into the railway car and find its way into the most inconvenient places. ~ pg. 1
Favorite lines/passages: The thing was, the part of myself that everyone else found so peculiar was the very part I liked the best. ~ pg. 219
*This is the e-ARC version and lines, pages, cover art may differ from final copy
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.
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