Reviews for Pyramid of Souls

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2010 Fall
Cousins Nick and Isabella are busy honing their craft as Magickeepers when another crisis arises that only they can solve. Incorporation of Russian culture and lore, historical figures, and mini history lessons makes for an educational read. However, the frequency of such components, minus a strong interconnecting narrative, slows the story down. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2010 April #1
In a rushed and sketchy sequel to The Eternal Hourglass (2009), newly fledged Seer Nick Rostov again takes on the evil Shadowkeepers and their leader Rasputin--this time to rescue his cousin and best friend, Isabella, and other captive magicians. Largely focusing on filling out the cast and back story, Kirov uses most of the tale to trot out new characters and MacGuffins--Rasputin's daughter, a several-thousand-year-old elephant, Isaac Newton (to invent a fourth "law of motion" for magic that is subsequently ignored), a key hanging around Nick's neck that was originally given to Edgar Allen Poe, a golden mini-pyramid that is designed to be a repository for souls but can also be used in some unknown way as a trap--then trot them offstage again before they can act or be seen in action. It all builds up to a brief and unsuspenseful climax. Despite another round of solid comic relief from a wheeler-dealer magician named "Crazy Sergei," this outing will likely disappoint readers of the more robust opener. (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2010 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Reviews 2010 August

Gr 5-7--Thirteen-year-old Nick continues to adjust to his new life after he is kidnapped by a cousin and finds that he is a member of a family of magicians with ties to Romanoff Russia. As a blind for their magic abilities, they put on a magic show at the opulent Winter Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas where they live. The action begins with a convention of other magician families from throughout the world. The festivities are interrupted when the Shadowkeepers, the villains from Magickeepers: The Eternal Hourglass (Sourcebooks, 2009), steal the Pyramid of Souls. With his developing ability in sword fighting and his gift of Gazing into crystal balls, Nick is instrumental in defeating the enemy. The book is awash in details from Russian history and culture, and Nick's gradual adjustment to his new family and his role in their world is well executed. However, the vignettes Kirov drops in, about Edgar Allan Poe and a raven and Sir Isaac Newton and his magical Fourth Law, are not fully realized. Children who enjoy reading about kids confronting supernatural situations will find this quick read appealing.--Kathleen Meulen Ellison, Sakai Intermediate School, Bainbridge Island, WA

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