Friday, March 26, 2010

The Eternal Hourglass

The Eternal Hourglass
Magickeepers Book One
by Erica Kirov
231 pages
grade 5+
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2009

Nick Rostov is looking forward to summer vacation. No homework, sleeping-in every morning and riding his skateboard everywhere. Life would be even better if his dad wasn't the worst the magician in Las Vegas. Nick's world turns upside-down on his 13th birthday when his true heritage is revealed. He is a Gazer and is one of a long line of Magickeepers. His lineage extends back to Ancient Egypt, twisting its way through many important people in history. The family are powerful magicians who also take upon themselves the task of guarding important magical artifacts. The most amazing illusion act the city has ever seen is the perfect cover for real magicians. Nick is astonished and reluctant to be a part of this new act, he would rather be back in his old life. He realizes the importance of his powers when the dark side of the family tree, the Shadowkeepers, try to take his life.
A new series with similar themes to a lot of recent books yet fresh in its approach. The idea of true magicians hiding under the guise of Vegas performers is a fun premise that gives promise to the series.

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