Book Review : Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers
Theodosia Throckmorton is a precocious child who finds herself in a precarious situation. Theo has the unique talent of seeing all the black magic and curses inscribed on the Egyptian relics that her mother sends to the museum. Through deep research on the subject Theo has devised a three step process to determine the nature of the curses and the tools to remove these sinister intentions left by ancient people.
As you can well imagine Theo might feel overwhelmed since she has to protect her parents from all the curses that come into the museum, save the British Empire from crumbling into war, and to top everything she has to keep it all a secret!
Adult Point of View
Theo is quite delightfully bossy, a know-it-all and right, almost always. She is discouraged that her parents are so dim-witted and is amazed when she finds an adult who respects her skills and intelligence. I was a little nervous that this could be a bad relationship, but everything was above board.
Sticky Will, a pickpocket off the streets of London, is an invaluable aid to Theo to help her when she needs someone to watch her back. I particularly liked his working class dialect and insecurities. Even her brother becomes important to her and she begins to see him as more than a pest, which is nice to build the family.
I enjoyed this book and the voice used for Theo, recognizing that most children want to be more intelligent than their parents (and as they become teenagers are certain that they are the only reasonable and intelligent people on the face of the planet). I also loved the introduction to Egyptian mythology, there are some unusual words for the young reader to learn.
I would highly recommend this book for children who like mystery and adventure. Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos has been written simply though it contains complex ideas and could appeal to a broad audience.
Age 9 – 14 (approximately)
4 stars out of 5
ps- I think that if you have enjoyed Theodosia you might also like the Flavia de Luce series by Alan Bradley.
Teen Point of View
She has not yet read this book because she thought it seemed too young for her, and I would have to admit she is probably right. However, I think she would have enjoyed it if she had given herself the opportunity.