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Magickeepers: The Pyramid of Souls

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A book by Erica Kirov

Gr 5-7–Thirteen-year-old Nick continues to adjust to his new life after he is kidnapped by a cousin and finds that he is a member of a family of magicians with ties to Romanoff Russia. As a blind for their magic abilities, they put on a magic show … see full wiki

Author: Erica Kirov
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
1 review about Magickeepers: The Pyramid of Souls

The perfect magical story for all ages!

  • May 25, 2010
Magickeepers: The Pyramid of Souls is an incredibly unique, entertaining and addicting blend of history, magic and slight adolescent angst. When I discovered the release of this second in the Magickeepers series (The first is titled Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass) I was ecstatic. Yes, technically this is a Juvenile Fiction/Middle Grade level book, and I am far beyond that age range, however the way that the author, Erica Kirov, writes, she is able to easily engulf a vast audience of greatly varying ages. Not to mention the fact that her Magickeeper series will appeal to both girls and boys equally, which oftentimes can be a feat within itself.

With summer upon us and children glorifying in summer vacation (at least for a couple of weeks, until the "I'm boooored" becomes a daily phrase, lol) why not give your child, as well as yourself, for that matter, the gift of losing themselves within a vivid world of magic, family, suspense and bravery? Not only does the Magickeepers series guarantee to entrance and absorb, it also blends bits and pieces of history within their stories.

The Pyramid of Souls begins with a raven visiting a little known writer, by the name of Edgar Allen Poe. In exchange for a poem (The Raven, anyone?!) that is guaranteed to make him a world renowned author, all Poe has to do is agree to guard a precious item, when the time comes. But what exactly will the final cost be?

Transported into present time, we are once again met with Nick Rostov, a young boy who recently discovered that he is part of an amazingly magical Russian family, called the Magickeepers. Their sole enemy are the Shadowkeepers, whose leader is none other than the infamous Rasputin, himself. In The Pyramid of Souls, there is a magical competition taking place at a convention in the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where Nick and the Magickeepers reside. This competition includes magical clans from all over the world, including Japan, England, Egypt, Nigeria and Sweden, just to name a few. It is during this convention that Nick and his cousin, Isabella, meet twin brother and sister, Siti and Atsu, who are the keepers of The Pyramid of Souls. This possession is of such importance, that the lives of those pure of magic depend upon it. When it disappears, havoc breaks lose and Nick takes it upon himself to find the relic before it is too late. Will he be able to save those he loves and himself or will it end up costing him his own life?

Other historical figures we meet within The Pyramid of Souls are P.T. Barnum, Sir Isaac Newton and General Tom Thumb. This is one of my favorite aspects of the Magickeeper series - the way in which Erica Kirov joins real life historical figures with fictional figures and tales bringing these forces together to create mesmerizing and magical stories, that are sure to endure themselves to even the pickiest of readers. I eagerly await the next adventure for Nick, in the third Magickeepers series - and hopefully that wait won't be too painfully long (hint hint, Ms. Kirov, lol!!).

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