Genre: Middle Grade Mystery/Adventure
Year Published: 2007
Page Count: 233
After finishing the monster that is Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas I was ready for a light and quick read. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos was perfect to fulfill this want!
Theodosia is a a young girl with a great big personality who spends most of her time in the Museum of Legends and Antiques in London, which her parents oversee. She has a particular interest in the ancient Egyptian section of the museum and has the ability to see when objects are cursed with black magic. Theodosia spends most of her time removing those curses and gets no thanks from any of the adults who don't even know the curses exist, When someone steals a very cursed object from the museum, Theodosia goes on a mission to get it back, and undo the curse that has been released.
This book has all of the elements of a great middle grade novel: humor, adventure, and lovable characters. Theodosia is so clever and it is enjoyable to see the world through her eyes. This book also has a handful of beautiful black and white illustrations in it that add to the story and the tone of the book. The mystery element was well done and built lots of suspense and action.
I loved the added element of Egyptian history and mythology. The book contained a lot of interesting information on the culture without seeming like a boring text book. Theodosia really knows her stuff, and it's great to see a young woman character so interested, passionate, and confident in an academic subject such as history.
This book was a perfect read after reading a large, emotional, and heavy book. This is the first book in a series, with three other books out right now, I plan to pick up the next books soon and see what sort of trouble and adventures Theodosia encounters in the future! I highly recommend you check out this series, it's so much fun!
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