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The Emperor's Code: 08/13/13

Cover artThe Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman is the eighth of the original 39 Clues series. The clues take Cahill siblings to Beijing and later to Mt. Everest. It is the first time that Dan and Amy are separated, while searching through the Forbidden City.

For most of this series, Dan and Amy haven't known their family branch. They are Cahills but not associated with a house like all their other relatives are. Now they know and it scares the bejeebers out of them. Now comes the age old question of nature versus nurture. Their performance so far on the clue hunt makes them re-evaluate their upbringing.

Along the way, Dan and Jonah Wizard form an unlikely alliance, while Amy begins to have her doubts about Nelly. Through their own methods, Dan and Amy work their way across China — through important historical locals — and to the base of Mt. Everest.

I enjoyed the adventures through China. Part of that stems from my children's study of China (the culture and the language). The adventures though around Mt. Everest went from dramatic to absurd very quickly — and then hovered there (literally) for far too long.

Four stars

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Comment #1: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 23:27:37

John

Interesting. We just did the 1st book in the series as the audiobook on our road trip. I had no idea other authors did the subsequent books. Cool!



Comment #2: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 20:54:32

Pussreboots

Gordon Korman also did the second book in the series. Peter Lerangis and Jude Watson are the other two participating writers. David Pittu, however, does all of the audio books. I'm now halfway through the next series, Cahills vs. Vespers.