Juvenile Fiction. Juvenile Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML: Being able to detect black magic isn't all tea and crumpetsâ??and for Theodosia Throckmorton, it can be a decidedly tricky business! When Sticky Will drags Theo to a magic show featuring the Great Awi Bubu, she quickly senses there is more to the magician than he lets on, setting in motion a chain of events she never could have bargained for. Meanwhile, back at the Museum of Legends and Antiquities, Henry is home for the spring holidays and makes an accidental discovery of an artifact that alchemists have been hunting for centuries. Soon, every black-cloaked occultist in London is trying to get their hands on it . . A brand new TV adaptation of Theodosia's adventures is coming soon to HBO Max! .
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Theodosia is already knee deep in curses as she tries to frantically de-curse all of the Egyptian artifacts in her parents'
This book is a bit different from the rest in the series in that the story is not as complete. Some threads are left dangling and some facts behind Theodosia's curse detecting powers are revealed. It looks like this series is ramping up to have some big action in the next book and the story is broadening to become bigger than the one book adventures we are used too.
Theodosia remains her clever and somewhat prickly self, but she is gradually learning the value of working with others. Both Sticky Will and Henry provide her with assistance in this book. The book itself is never boring with one action scene after another. The detail that goes into some of the rituals and some of the Egyptian history is really fascinating, although I am not knowledgeable enough to know how accurate it all is.
If you like Egyptian history, adventure, and witty girls this is the book for you. It is appropriate for all age levels. The writing style itself is very well done and very readable; overall I really enjoyed the book.
I am eagerly awaiting Theodosia's next adventure which looks like it will take her into Egypt to face her unknown past.
I'm glad the author finally put the year into the story...it was bugging me I couldn't place it in the last two books.