- Title: Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos
- Author: R.L. LaFevers
- ISBN: 9780618756384
- Page: 431
- Format: Hardcover
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 Sneaking behind her father s back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and proTheodosia 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 Sneaking behind her father s back, Theo uses old, nearly forgotten Egyptian magic to remove the curses and protect her father and the rest of the museum employees from the ancient, sinister forces lurking in the museum s dark hallways.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 Theo will have to call upon everything she s ever learned in order to prevent the rising chaos from destroying her country and herself.
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I became aware of this series through 's "People who like X book also read Y" book listing. It was under the listing for the Enola Holmes books, which I love, and the premise of this series seemed wonderful - Nancy Drew crossed with Indiana Jones. (While reading it, I thought more of the "Mummy" movie with Brendan Frasier, which I quite enjoy).However *sigh*Other reviews have commented on a few flaws in the book. An American author writing British characters, and with the nigh inevitable America [...]
Like Roald Dahl's Matilda before her, Theodosia Throckmorton can't get any respect. At the young age of eleven she already has a formidable knowledge of Egyptian theology and black magic but her parents are too consumed with running their museum of antiquities to notice. Even worse, the elder Throckmortons often unwittingly place themselves in harm's way, forcing Theodosia to rescue them (but always behind the scenes in order to spare their pride.) I think kids will love the many jabs at adults' [...]
This was adorable! I SO would have eaten it up at 10-12 years-old! I think the reader, Charlotte Perry, made it even more delightful.I liked Theodosia's spunk and cleverness; I'm a sucker for headstrong, independent, creative heroines. I also like that it's strongly hinted that she has access to magic that most people don't and that the Egyptian gods and goddesses are watching over her, but that's not central to her point of view - she knows she has skills and she assumes most people do or she w [...]
I have to admit that I enjoyed this story more than I thought I would. The magic of visiting Egypt and climbing to the top of the pyramid of Cheops really appealed to me. To sail on the ocean in a steamship (not to mention, getting there as a stowaway). To visit Alexandria. To ride on a train to Ciaro and visit a biazzar. To visit an archeological dig in the Valley of Kings. Wonderful!I was a little annoyed with the young girl in the story at first. She seemed a little too much . I quickly grew [...]
I like fantasy fantasy movies fantasy books d no matter how mediocre the movie or book, I know there will be action, adventure, and magic. Give me a big screen, a bowl of popcorn, a soda and I'm entertained. This book was just that entertaining and fun. It has flaws but in the end, it satisfies. While certain parts of the story reminded me of the movie, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the book, The Red Pyramid, the plot has some unique twists, is original, and has a fun main character. Theodosia is [...]
- Short review -Theodosia Throckmorton is essentially the female lovechild of Amelia Peabody and Walter Emerson (from the Amelia Peabody novels). Read it.- Long review -Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos was an absolutely delightful experience. I was drawn to the cover and the premise from the beginning but as all good things which appear too good, I had my doubts. But without stressing too much, I dove into this book and was not disappointed by the journey it took me on!Theodosia, a child g [...]
Theodosia is a charming character that is very clever; although, no adults seem to take her seriously. She still manages to take curses of artifacts that her mother, an archeologist, ships back from Egypt. One of the artifacts has a curse so powerful it could cause problems for all of England. Theodosia teams up with a street thief and Lord Wigmore (the head of a secret society) to stop the group The Serpents of Chaos and to return the artifact. I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it do [...]
3.5/5*Kalau suka/penasaran dengan fantasy dan dewa dewa Mesir, pasti bakal suka dengan buku ini. Theo agak terlalu pintar buat anak seumurnya tapi petualangannya seru untuk diikuti.Barangkali cuma Theo anak yg tidur di sarkofagus dan jenius baca hieroglif.Eniwei, vocabnya Theo dan narasi di novel ini level tinggi.
Egypt. Magic. Mystery. Museums. Curses and cutthroats. Nazis. Secret societies and stowaways. Did I mention Egypt and mummies?It is fun, engaging, with the promise of more to come, including, hopefully, more explanation regarding Theo's unique abilities.
At the library I picked up a copy of Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris and quickly realized I had picked up the second book in the series. Since it was obvious to me that I would adore the series, I took the book back and found the first one so I could start at the beginning.Now I cut my mystery reading teeth on Elizabeth's Peter's Amelia Peabody series. In that one Peabody and Emerson have a son who promises to be a better Egyptologist than either of them. He's so perfect at it (and everything [...]
Not sold. After reading (and not finishing) Percy Jackson, I thought all I needed was a change up in mythology. I love Egyptian anything, so Theodosia seemed a sure bet. Not so much, though. Unlike Percy Jackson, this one is NOT well-written. The main character and narrator is a bookish 11-year-old whose language usage isn't fitting either for a too-smart youngster, or a 1905 character. Plus, I have serious doubts that ANY 11-year-old would be reading hieroglyphs, daughter of the curator or not. [...]
If you love reading about Egyptian mythology and Victorian London, you will love this series. This first novel sets the stage for Theodosia's adventures later on. Theodosia sees which artifacts have evil auras. When her mother sends an artifact home to their museum, she immediately knows that she must get rid of it before her father or any of the museum workers touched it. She sets out in the middle of the night to do just that (that's the only time it will work!). What follows is a nail-biting, [...]
This was a fairly good book---I thought it seemed more interesting to me as an adult than to my 9 year old who read it with me. She did great though, she learned a lot of new words! Oddly enough, this made me think of The DaVinci Code for children, complete with a clandestine society bent on protecting the secrets of Egypt.
Theodosia, genannt Theo, hat die seltene Gabe Flüche zu spüren und zu erkennen. Wenn man, wie sie Eltern hat, die im Museum arbeiten, ist das mehr als nützlich. Ihre Mutter bringt aus Ägypten das 'Herz Ägyptens' einen Skarabäus mit, welches mit einem bösen und machtvollen Fluch belegt ist. Nicht nur Theo, ihre Eltern und ihr Bruder sind Gefahr, nein, jetzt gilt es ganz England zu beschützen, dabei ist Theo doch noch ein Kind.Richtig spannendes Kinderbuch, das Kinder in die Welt der Musee [...]
Kalau kamu menyukai sejarah dan misteri, kamu akan menyukai cerita petualangan Theodosia ini. Saya sendiri langsung jatuh cinta sama tokoh Theodosia begitu baca blurb-nya. Terbayang, betapa serunya keseharian anak perempuan satu ini. Hihi…Petualangan dimulai ketika Ibu Theodosia pulang dan membawa berbagai artefak dari Mesir. Salah satunya adalah Jantung Mesir yang seharusnya tidak boleh dibawa keluar Mesir karena akan mengundang berbagai bencana. Yuphs, tentu saja Theodosia yang mengetahui ha [...]
This was a cute story about a resourceful 11-year-old girl named Theodosia who more or less lives in a British Museum around 1905. Her shockingly neglectful parents are Egyptologists, her father runs the museum and her mother combs Egyptian tombs for artifacts. Theodosia can see and sense magic, which is a good thing, since most of the artifacts that her mother brings back are cursed. Theo identifies the cursed items and attempts to "cure" them. Naturally, her parents and the other adults at the [...]
Theodosia sees evil spells and spirits. Her methods of dealing with these problems as well as her eventual meeting with other people who recognize their presence and are committed to keeping them from harming England and the World makes for an exciting adventure.I was quite taken with this new book published in 2007. Theodosia a child often neglected by her loving but preoccupied archologist parents sees and feels evil spells. Her parents who do not share her ability continue to bring cursed obj [...]
I really wanted to like this book. The idea of a girl who works secretly in her parents' museum, undoing the curses on the objects as they come in, could not be more compelling. Unfortunately, neither Theodosia, her parents, the curators, nor her brother and the friendly pickpocket are at all sympathetic characters. Theodosia is the worst: after she botches a curse removal (the only one I saw her do, after all her grand brave talk about her own skills), she manages to get her cat possessed by de [...]
Theodosia is a young girl who can see the curses that stick to the artifacts which her mother brings home from Egypt. The fact that she is the only one who can see these curses leads to slightly infuriating situations. Because she is a young girl, most adults do not take her serious. It is therefore up to Theodosia to save the world, together with the help of her brother, a pickpocket and a secret society.Theodosia is a wonderful character. She is witty, spunky, brave and smart. She does make so [...]
Theodosia Throckmorton practically lives in the museum. Her parents work there and they're so caught up in their work, finding and studying ancient Egyptian artifacts, that they leave her on her own a lot. Luckily, Theo has plenty to keep her busy. There's the curses for one thing. Nearly every artifact her parents have brought home lately has been covered in black magic and curses, and Theo is the only one who's able to sense them and get rid of them. When Theo's mother brings home a powerful a [...]
This was a witty, and expertly written masterpiece! Theodosius, or Theo is a mischievous, and too-clever-for-her-own-good girl! Sure, she's often brash, and abrasive, but she has a strong moral code, and is a kind and loyal friend. Not only that but she is the epitome of humor, and eccentricity! Which while her family nor the public appreaciate. I do! While temperament flickers to one thing to another for me, and the author should have used more common sense when creating the sadly depthless sup [...]
In the Museum of Legends and Antiquities Theodosia is trying to control the forces of chaos that wish to harm others through the curses and hexes contained in the various items on display throughout the museum. She is beset with the forces of darkness and the feeling of beetles scurrying up and down her spine that doesn't seem to affect anyone else there even her father who was injured by one such nasty curse with a tumble down the stairs. It doesn't help much that she spends every waking (and s [...]
I love it when I discover a book that is so well-written it spans the genres from middle-grade to adult. Combining a precocious and lovable protagonist, an intriguing mystery, and sharp and witty writing, R. L. LaFevers' Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos does exactly that. Although categorized as middle-grade fiction, this novel is for anyone who enjoys a good story. In the book, eleven-year-old Theodosia Throckmorton spends most of her time at the London Museum of Legends and Antiquities, a g [...]
When this little gem came across my desk, it looked like the dark offspring of Lemony Snicket and Edward Gorey. I admit, I was intrigued. When I read the book jacket, I was hooked. An eleven year old girl with the run of London’s Museum of Legends and Antiquities who routinely finds and destroys curses attached to ancient objects? Throw in an adventuresome mother, an annoying but clever younger brother and a quick-footed pickpocket, mix in the Cursed Object of all Cursed Objects, add a pinch o [...]
Theodosia, our eleven-year old, intrepid, curse-spotting heroine, is smart beyond her years. The eldest child of the Head Curator of a second-rate museum (in stature only - not in collection) and the daughter of two Egyptologists, she is not only functionally fluent in the deciphering of hieroglyphics, she reads all the Olde Textes that explain Egyptian curse magic and whips up protective amulets whenever necessary. Also, she sleeps in a sarcophagus. If it weren't for her highly developed sense [...]
Bottom line: if you're in the mood to read a compelling book about genius 10-year-old girls solving mysteries, read Alan Bradley instead. Theo's parents are horrible - particularly her father. What a despicable, loveless cretin he is - and to what end? His complete lack of involvement in Theo's life except to belittle, nag or ignore serves no purpose except possibly to allow Theo the freedom to do what she will. I contend that an absent-minded, loving father would allow the same potential for mi [...]
Theodesia is the eleven year old daughter of adventurous archeologists who work for a museum. Her mother gallivants off to Egypt to open tombs and extract artifacts. Her father catalogs them.Theodesia is mostly left to herself to rattle around the museum. Which is a good thing, because she's the only one in her family who can see/feel the black magic curses that are often on all the artifacts her mother brings home!It's up to her to take care of the curses, and usually things go okay. However, t [...]
Ahh. That was extremely satisfying. A nice feel for London in the Late Victorian. Theodosia is a marvelous character, taking a very studious and practical attitude towards magic when dealing with the ancient Egyptian artifacts in the museum her father runs. Whenever he stays overnight working on something, she beds down in a sarcophagus with a blanket and her cat, Isis.LaFevers has positioned her story of good versus evil as struggle to use the power of the ancients to affect the modern world po [...]
This is such a fun book! The heroine, Theodosia Throckmorton, reminds me strongly of Alan Bradley's pre-teen heroine, Flavia DeLuce in his series. Both take place in London in an earlier age and both girls are prodigies in a particular field. Theodosia is eleven, the daughter of two Egyptologists: her mother is an archaeologist in Egypt and her father the Head Curator of Egyptology in a second rate London museum. Theodosia can "feel" the bad magic of an object and has developed her own ways to n [...]
There are a dreadful number of booktalks rising up in me about this book: "Imagine Gilda Joyce as a Victorian egyptologist's daughter with curse-fighting powers" or "Having trouble with ancient curses? Theodosia to the rescue!" or "Sleeping in a sarcophagus is surprisingly effective at protecting you from ancient Egyptian curses. When you have to sleep in a museum filled with said curses, of course, as Theodosia Throckmorton does." This is a very talk-able book that will be easy to sell to kids, [...]
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