Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus: 02/22/11
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus by R. L. LaFevers is the third in this middle grade paranormal mystery series. It's one of the very short list of series I am actively following. It also breaks my usual rule of only reading series books that can be read out of order.
In book three, Theodosia is still trying to pick up the pieces from the Staff of Osiris mess. There are those who continue to insist she is more than just a precocious London child. To add to the chaos, a mysterious and sinister looking hypnotist claims to know something about Theodosia's origins that could have repercussions for the whole world.
The introduction of the hypnotist / seer reminded me of The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (review coming). That in turn made me think of the film Young Sherlock Holmes for the Egyptian connection. What's different about Theodosia, though, is that magic is real in her world. Spells and curses and dark magic are a constant threat to her.
One part of the book that initially worried me was the return of Theodosia's brother, Henry. He's so different from his sister that I was afraid his return would upset the flow of the plot. He, thankfully didn't. But he does act as a catalyst for Theodosia to question why he and she are so different and why she has skills in recognizing curses that so few seem to have.
Coming out this year is book four, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh. While book three is my current favorite from the series, I suggest new readers start with the first book and work their way through in order.
The Theodosia Throckmorton series includes: