Title: Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh
Author: R.L. LaFevers
First published January 1, 2011
400 pages, Hardcover
ISBN: 9780547390185 (ISBN10: 0547390181)
Join Theodosia on her latest adventure as she travels to Egypt to return the Emerald Tablet, a valuable artifact containing ancient secrets. Together with her loyal feline companion, Isis, Theo plans to uncover the mysteries surrounding her own birth and help her mother on her archeological expedition.
But unexpected surprises await her, including the appearance and disappearance of a precious treasure. With the Serpents of Chaos hot on her trail, Theo realizes that she’s in for a lot more than she bargained for.
Get ready for an action-packed journey full of twists and turns in Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. LaFevers.
Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh by R.L. LaFevers is a thrilling historical adventure novel that transports readers to ancient Egypt. LaFevers, a prolific author of young adult and middle-grade fiction, aptly blends historical fact with fast-paced fiction in this exciting tale.
Set in the year 30 BC, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh follows the adventures of Theodosia Throckmorton, a twelve-year-old girl who possesses a rare gift for communicating with the dead. Theodosia is sent on a mission to Egypt, where she must retrieve a powerful amulet before it falls into the wrong hands.
Along the way, she encounters danger, betrayal, and unexpected allies. LaFevers creates a vivid and immersive setting, transporting readers back in time to ancient Egypt.
Her descriptions of the landscape, culture, and mythology of the time are detailed and richly imagined. Theodosia is a well-drawn protagonist, resourceful and courageous, yet vulnerable and relatable.
Supporting characters such as Sekhmet, a reanimated mummy, and Leila, a young Egyptian girl, are also well-crafted and add depth to the story. The book is also noteworthy for its inclusion of historical and cultural details.
LaFevers weaves information about ancient Egyptian mythology, religion, and politics into the story in a way that is engaging and informative. However, the book may also raise questions about appropriation and representations of cultures, and readers may wish to explore these topics further.
Critically, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is a well-paced, exciting adventure story that will appeal to readers of all ages. LaFevers skillfully blends mystery, action, and magic into a satisfying narrative that builds to a satisfying conclusion.
However, some readers may find the ending of the book to be somewhat predictable and formulaic. Overall, Theodosia and the Last Pharaoh is a highly recommended read for anyone who enjoys adventure stories, historical fiction, or stories about strong female protagonists.
LaFevers has crafted a thrilling and engaging tale that will keep readers hooked from beginning to end. Rating: 4/5 stars.