Theodosia and the Staff of Osiris (Theodosia Book #2)

by R. L. LaFevers

Paperback, 2009



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HMH Books for Young Readers (2009), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages


When mummies go missing all over London, eleven-year-old Theodosia puts aside her fight against the Serpents of Chaos to save her father, who is suspected in the thefts, all the while avoiding a string of new governesses.


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400 p.; 5.5 inches

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LibraryThing member bunnyjadwiga
What if one of Walter Emerson's daughters was as daring as the nephew chronicled by Elizabeth Peters? What if Egyptian magic was real? Definitely lively writing, with the independent (and excruciatingly Free Range on an E. Nesbit scale) Theodosia concocting countercharms, removing curses, and
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investigating frightening Egyptian mysteries, mostly in London. A certain element of absurdist and mannerist fantasy, and the major plot turns are somewhat predictable, but an all-around win of a series. I await the future adventures of the clever and resourceful Theodosia with bated breath-- she puts Hermione let alone Harry Potter in the shade.
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LibraryThing member SpongeBobFishpants
Well I am pleased to say that this sequel to "Serpents of Chaos" is wonderful. I was a bit concerned that as a follow-up the author might have had trouble preventing the tale from lagging a bit but I couldn't have been more wrong. The story is even better in her second offering and the characters
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that much more charming. Although again I am a bit confused as to the behavior of one or two characters, and I would have liked to have seen some story lines better resolved, I absolutely delighted in the addition of the parade of nannies that Grandmother Throckmorton inflicted on Theo. I believe every child at heart enjoys seeing overly stuffy and generally unkind people break out in boils. As well as some new characters, LaFever was able to spend time developing some of the older ones as well as giving us a bit of an insight into their past actions. I can only hope she plans to continues to developing this aspect of the stories.

Without question, LaFever was able to maintain the most appealing aspect of her Theo character, the charmingly honest inner voice she all but narrates the story with. Theo is thinking all the things that we would has we been there. I concur with a younger reviewer... If I could give it more stars I would. Bravo to Ms. LaFever and her delightfully precocious heroine!
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LibraryThing member twonickels
Theodosia Throckmorton is in even more trouble than usual. And as readers of her first adventure, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos, know, trouble is one of the many things that find Theodosia on a regular basis. Among the other things that seem to find their way to Theo: ancient Egyptian curses,
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power-hungry madmen seeking to control the world, mummies that walk the Earth, and the most terrifying thing of all, Theodosia’s Grandmother.During her previous adventures, Theodosia was introduced to the nefarious Serpents of Chaos, an organization that seeks to engulf the world in chaos and violence. And when Theodosia accidentally reactivates the Staff of Osiris, an ancient Egyptian object with mysterious power over the dead, the Serpents of Chaos want in on the action. It will take all of Theo’s considerable ingenuity and spunk to stop their evil plan - but first she’ll have to get away from the many governesses hired by her grandmother.The second book in the Theodosia Throckmorton series delivers with nonstop action, good history, sly humor, and a delightfully precocious protaganist. A few characters from the first book are not who they seem - and is Theodosia’s grandmother actually showing signs of - gasp - humanity?These books are not only a load of fun - they’re also beautifully made with great attention to detail. The cover art is striking, and the spine is designed to look like an old leatherbound book. The old-book look is continued with the thick stock of the paper, slightly old-fashioned typeface, and an uneven deckle edge. Finally, if you peek underneath the jacket you’ll find an old map of London where a curious reader can follow Theodosia’s adventures.This is a great choice for Percy Jackson readers who are chomping at the bit waiting for the final book, or for anyone who likes their heroes smart and sassy. I’ll be looking forward to more from Theodosia.
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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is apparently the 2nd book in the Theodosia series. I got this through Amazon vine. It was a good book. I enjoyed it, definitely more of a young adult series, which is what it is listed as. I guess I would call this series Artemis Fowl meets ancient Egypt.

I did not read the first book in this
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series. This did not cause me any confusion in this book really, there were some references to people and places that occurred in the first book. These references didn't detract any from the story presented in this book. Theodosia is a very intelligent young lady who has become involved with some Secret Societies that are either looking to cause chaos or prevent it. In this book Theo finds the Staff of Osiris in the basement of the museum her father owns. When she accidentally activates it things start spiraling out of control.

It was a quick, fun read. Theodosia is a great character. It would have been nice to have some of the other characters be more developed, but the story doesn't center on them so I guess that is that. The book brought to mind the Artemis Fowl series, I don't think it is comparable, even a little bit, to Harry Potter; it is a completely different type of story. The book also brought to mind The Mummy movies.

I am not sure I need to put another young adult series on my plate of things to read, but I might consider it since this was such a well-done and fun book.
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LibraryThing member jfoster_sf
Loved it-these are such fun, witty mysteries=) Set in England and revolving around ancient Egypt with the one of the cleverest characters out there. I can't wait to read the next one!
LibraryThing member scote23
These books remind me of everything I loved about Harry Potter. I do like the fact that it has a great female heroine too, and I think it tackles Egyptian mythology quite well. I am looking forward to reading the next one in the series as well.
LibraryThing member liz.mabry
I didn't like this one as much as the first one...the story seemed to be a little rushed in places. But still, a good read, and I'm looking forward to starting the next one.
LibraryThing member agrudzien
When Theodosia finds the staff of Osiris in the basement of the museum and accidentally invokes its power, it gains the attention of the Serpents of Chaos (again) and Theodosia must keep herself and the staff safe, or else the whole world is in trouble.

I really like this series - it is interesting
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and quite clever.
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