Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh (Theodosia Book #4)

by R. L. LaFevers

Paperback, 2012



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HMH Books for Young Readers (2012), Edition: Reprint, 400 pages


When eleven-year-old Theodosia and her cat, Isis, travel to Egypt to return the Orb of Ra and the Emerald Tablet, she hopes to learn more about her origins but finds, instead, the Serpents of Chaos and a precious treasure that suddenly appears and disappears.


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400 p.; 5.5 inches

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LibraryThing member krau0098
This is the fourth book in the Theodosia Thockmorten series by R.L. LaFevers. This was my favorite book in the series so far, it really took the story to another level.

Theodosia has journeyed with her mother to Egypt supposedly to help her mom on an archaeological dig. Theodosia's real purpose it
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to return the Emerald tablet and other important artifacts to the protection of the Brotherhood so that they don't fall into the evil hands of the Serpents of Chaos.

I really enjoyed this book. Theodosia takes on more responsibility than in previous books and is really maturing; she has started making decisions that take the welfare of others into account. We also get some great new characters thrown into the mix.

In general it was just cool to have this book take place in Egypt. Theodosia finds out a ton of interesting things about her birth and history and about how she is tied into the ages long battle between the Serpents of Chaos and the Brotherhood. All in all a very solid addition to the series.

I continue to enjoy Theodosia's intelligence, snarky attitude, and ability to work her way through almost anything. There were a lot of twists and turns in this novel so it really kept me guessing and was hard to put down.

I did have one small complaint and that is things are getting complicated. Between the secret groups in London and the similar but separate secret groups in Egypt I was having a bit of trouble remember who belonged to what group and what the focus of each group was. This would have been clearer in my mind if I had read previous novels more recently.

Overall a great addition to the series. If you liked previous books you will like this one. I loved that this Theodosia to Egypt and that she learned so much about her history. Fans of strong young women, adventure, travel, and ancient magic should enjoy this book. I highly recommend this series, it is lots of fun to read and appropriate for all ages.
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LibraryThing member Dranea
I received this as an advanced reader's copy to give a review on, and I must say this was a fantastic book! This was the first of this series that I have read, and the author did a fabulous job making sure that the reader could follow the entire story without becoming lost and feeling this
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something was missing. The necessary back story was explained without giving away all of the surprises that I will get when I go back and read the books that came before this one (trust me, Miss Theodosia has my attention, I want to know all of her story!)

The Egyptian environment was a wonderful background for a story, I love hearing about the gods and goddesses and the magic they held. Any child who is interested in the ancient Egyptians will love this book. It is full of adventure, excitement, mystery, and surprises! I give this book an A for the characters, storyline, originality, and environment! Get a copy of this as soon as it comes out, you will not be sorry!! (for more enjoyment, go get the first books too, before this comes out so you and Theodosia have some history before diving into the wonders of the Last Pharaoh!)
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LibraryThing member jfoster_sf
Love, love, LOVE this series. Really. This is book four so go read the first one, Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos.
LibraryThing member Yona
The best of the series. Ms. LaFevers outdid herself with this. As much as I liked the first three books this one still surprised me and went way beyond my expectations. Theodosia grew and matured as a character and the writing seemed to get better and better and the story more complex and exciting.
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I feel no hesitation in recommending these to anyone who likes fantasy adventure regardless of age.

Oh, and I can't fail to mention the extensive introduction to ancient Egyptian mythology as well as the state of affairs in Egypt leading up to the first world war and rise of Egyptian nationalism and the large presence and influence in Egypt of Europeans and the plundering of Egypt's physical heritage by European archeologists and museums and the black market. Goodness. I liked this book.
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LibraryThing member weisser4
Interested in Egyptian history and mythology? This is a great series of books for a lover of all things Egyptian. Theodosia is a special little girl who can see ancient curses and feel the mysticism around her. Sounds like fun, right? Poor Theo spends her days in her parents ancient Egyptian museum
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where her mother, the Egyptologist, and her curator father work, and at times, live. She has dedicated her life to nullifying those curse before they can harm her family and friends. Sometimes this is quite humorous, other times, not so much. She has a group of crazed fans who think she is the reincarnation of a goddess, a secret society watching her every move, a street urchin pick=pocket friend, and an irksome bother of a little brother who comes home from boarding school at the wrong times. Interesting facts, the author did the footwork, and fun watching Theo get out of her predicaments, especially with her very proper English grandmother.
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