Magickeepers: The Pyramid of Souls
It was stolen from Alexander the Great. To keep it safe, Edgar Allen Poe bargained away his sanity. And somebody suckered P. T. Barnum to get their hands on it. It's the most closely guarded secret in the magician community. And it's missing.
What would you do to protect your family from an ancient pyramid capable of stealing your very soul?
Nick Rostov finally has the life he's always dreamed-and he'll do anything to protect it.
Nick has only now discovered he is part of an extended Russian family of magicians: the Magickeepers. He lives with his eccentric new relatives at the Winter Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, where they perform daring feats of magic to a packed house. Real magic.
But Nick and his family face a new danger in the form of a stolen relic, the Pyramid of Souls. The tiny pyramid has traded hands many times throughout history. Its power can steal a magician's very soul.
Nick knows who took it: Rasputin, leader of the Shadowkeepers. Using his unique ability as a Gazer-one who can see into the past-Nick enlists his cousin Isabella to help him find it. Soon, the two are hot on the evil sorcerer's trail...until Isabella's soul is trapped by the very relic they're trying to find.
Nick will do anything to rescue Isabella and recover the Pyramid of Souls. But will it be enough to save his family?
I was a bit surprised when I received this one. I had almost forgotten all about it. Then I realized it's the second one in the series. Thankfully, I read it and enjoyed it without reading the first and I was able to understand everything and not get confused.
I loved the folklore in this book. I loved seeing historical characters such as my personal favorite, Edgar Allan Poe. Like Harry Potter, this book weaves the magical with the ordinary. It's really well done, too!
The characters are likable and entertaining, sometimes funny. This will be a vague review because it is targeted to younger audiences but it was still really fun and entertaining. And the fact that it's just under 200 pages made it a fun, fast-paced, quick read.
In one sentence:
"A great story for kids who are fans of Harry Potter and the Narnia tales."
Overall Feeling: 4