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Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus

1 rating: 3.0
A book by R. L. LaFevers

Grade 4-6 Theodosia Throckmorton wears gloves all the time. It's a good thing, because they often protect her from the cursed Egyptian artifacts that her parents keep bringing into their Museum of Legends and Antiquities. In this book, 11-year-old Theo … see full wiki

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Author: R. L. LaFevers
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
1 review about Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus

An exciting continuation of a clever series about a resourceful young woman with a keen sense for ancient danger

  • Jul 1, 2010
Rating:
+3
Even after more or less saving the world, twice, from evil forces intent on harnessing dark and ancient Egyptian magic, Theodosia has a hard time getting noticed by her parents, who are too busy preparing the latest exhibit in their Egyptian museum. Even worse, the Brotherhood who is supposed to be working with her has a hard time giving her the time of day or taking her worries seriously. Once again, it seems, she's on her own, with only her reluctant brother and her friend Sticky Will and her temperamental cat, to help her protect the latest magical artefact from the many sinister men who'd like to get their hands on it.

My daughter and I have been reading and loving this series since the beginning and it keeps getting better. The characters come to life with just the right level of description and the prose flows with ease. This time around, also, we start to get a better sense of the mystery behind Theo's own magical talents. It's a fun read, that balances the darkness of the forces that pit themselves against our plucky young heroine, with a lively wit and a comfortable pace, so it's easy reading that doesn't feel like fluff. The combination of a female hero with the Egyptian myth and magic that forms the backdrop of Theo's adventures makes for a welcome alternative to the usual fantasy fare, dominated by boys and Western magic. Good stuff. Recommended for young readers and for parents whose young readers give them a good excuse to pick up this engaging and easy to read yarn. The only drawback is that it ends, and on a cliffhanger! We can't wait for the next installment in the series.

Minor continuity error: another reviewer mentioned continuity errors without getting specific, and one I noticed (but didn't mark the page) occurs when Theo and her brother go out to buy food. Her brother sees that someone is following them, and gloats that she didn't see it first. Secretly, she notes to herself that there are in fact two men (and later three) following them, but that she won't correct him because she doesn't want him to worry. But then she tells him something like, "maybe they are following us because they are competitors from another museum," and he responds to the effect of "why would they be following us then?" Obviously if he only thought one was following them, he would have caught the fact that she said "they" and would have asked something like "what do you mean 'they'"? Seems like something an editor should have caught.

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