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The Jewel of the Kalderash (The Kronos Chronicles #3)

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Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is c
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2011)
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Not enough John Dee!

Aside from one authorial quirk I don't remember from the other books (constantly referring to Petra's companion as "the friends" -- just felt awkward), I thought this was an exciting, dramatic, and even moving conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles. Sometimes it felt a little too fast-paced, being crammed as it was with several storylines which didn't always get as much development as they should, but the payoff to all those stories coming together was still wonderful. Petra and
Apr 18, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I loved the series. I love the characters. I love the action and the magic! I'm begging Marie Rutkoski to eventually write more. I recommend this series; this author; to any one of any age that loves adventure, magic, budding love, good vs evil.... etc... Such enjoyable reads!
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Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Sep 19, 2015 Kailey (BooksforMKs) rated it really liked it
I loved this last book in the trilogy so much! The plot really surprised me, and I loved the new characters and old.
In this book, Petra is still on a quest to save her father from the evil Prince of Bohemia, and naturally Tomik and Neel are along for the ride.
My favorite character is still Astrophil, the tin spider with a big brain and an even bigger heart.
Once again, John Dee makes an appearance, and of course intrigue and spying and political machinations follow in his wake.

The stakes are defi
Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
Though there are certainly people who would argue otherwise, I have always considered the Kronos Chronicles to be a MG or middle-grade series. (MG being on one end of the Young Adult spectrum.) Not that the series was lacking in sophistication nor depth of character, but because the books were outstanding, and yet still appropriate for younger readers.

In fact, in my opinion Marie Rutkoski is one of THE best MG authors. She can tell a whomping good story; make it engaging for teens as well as adu
david y biblioflick
One word about this book - supercalifragilistic. Read it. Read the trilogy.

This book started slow as a transition to a bigger world, but it is my favorite among the three and it ended well. Some old characters will be returning and a new characters will be either on Petra's side or against her. Petra's character really developed in this book and the choices she made is good and not annoying like most female characters in YA novels and who is always clinging to her love interest, but the romance
Nov 30, 2014 Wren rated it really liked it
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Date: December 28, 2014

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The Jewel of the Kalderash
Marie Rutkoski

Upon arriving in the Romany homeland to deliver the Mercator Globes, Petra Kronos, Tomik, and Neel formulate a plan to save Petra’s father, who has been transformed into a Gray Man. But when a long-held secret is revealed, Neel finds himself bound to his country.

The friends are quickly swept up in an epic battle for power. Thrones are at stake. Spies are afoot. Murder is common. Worst of al
Nov 08, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
In the finale of the Kronos Chronicles trilogy, young thief Neel of the magic fingers becomes king of all the Roma - don't call them gypsies! But little in his experience has prepared him to survive repeated assassination attempts, heal the rivalries between the four Roma clans, and resolve the controversy over what to do with the twin Terrestrial and Celestial Globes, which control safe travel through a worldwide network of wormhole-like rifts. Meanwhile Bohemia's king, Prince Rodolfo - younges ...more
Rick Stuckwisch
Nov 18, 2016 Rick Stuckwisch rated it it was amazing
A solid finish to a marvelous trilogy. A really excellent read. The writing is elegant, exquisite even, yet flows very naturally and unencumbered. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these books and the masterful story they tell. The characters are robust and fully dimensioned. The literary world is richly developed and convincingly integrated into real world history. I'm sorry now, in retrospect, that I did not read these aloud to my children but to myself (my most recent bike reading books). ...more
Dec 14, 2016 Andrianna rated it liked it
Again, a high three but not quite a 4. Petra started out just as annoying as in the previous book, but she definitely matured and became more interesting. Tomik had so much promise but was never given the attention I think he deserved - he could have been such a dynamic character. John Dee remained interesting and became much more sympathetic - he went from being a mysterious outsider to an actual human with a real stake in the action of the story. Overall, it wasn't exactly the way I would have ...more
Feb 02, 2017 Farina rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This has been such a fun series. Full of imagination and cultures. I enjoyed the magic, cultures and the background that Mrs Rutkoski created here.

It had a satisfying ending to an interesting, fun and funny triology.
The story and characters weren't complex, so everything was easy to follow. Same for the writing, which was light.

I definitely recommend this series to anyone who loves magic and tin metal spiders :)
Dec 18, 2016 Ciera rated it really liked it
Why did I read this all in one and a half days? Why does my inner 12 year old want me to cry for waiting so long to finish this series and having the end so cry-worthy even though it's not but it is? D:
Barb Middleton
Dec 12, 2013 Barb Middleton rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Petra is trying to save her father after Prince Rodolfo transformed him into a monstrous Gray Man. The Gray Men make up Rodolfo's army and are superior to humans with their superpowers of speed, protective scales, and poisonous skin. A pinprick from a claw through human skin can kill a person instantly. The Gray Men have such a thirst for human blood they have lost their humanness and are killing machines. Petra's plan is to kidnap the scientist who created them and force her to create an antido ...more
Mar 28, 2013 low rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Mason Jones
Nov 19, 2010 Mason Jones rated it really liked it
It appears that this is the final volume in Marie Rutkoski's trilogy about Petra Kronos, which is quite a shame as the books have been some of my favorite recent YA fantasies. Set in a slightly alternate Elizabethan world, centered around Bohemia and the city of Prague, Petra Kronos in this book is on a quest to save her father, who's been turned into an evil creature through the alchemy of one of Prince (would-be Emperor) Rodolfo's court magicians. The adventures, as Petra and her friend Neel a ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Jackie rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was my favorite in the trilogy. It wrapped things up well, it had a lot of action and intrigue, and the writing is, as always, fairly captivating. Petra is such a breath of fresh air. Naive but strong and determined, stubborn but willing to learn. Sometimes the story was predictable, but it was often unpredictable and I would gasp out loud at the turn of events. Yes, the love triangle was a bit forced and yes, the love triangle situation was resolved in an even more forced way, b ...more
Dec 29, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-galore
I love Rutkoski's writing; it's so clear, precise and fun to read. The plot is simple enough and easy to follow which is no wonder why this is labeled a children's book. However, there are still some delightful plot devices that is enjoyable for all readers. It's obvious that the novel applies a formula: problem, find solution, discover solution, war/battle, use solution, tie up loose ends.
Either way, I don't care. If I was a bit younger, I'd probably give this a 5 star rating. But the female le
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I have wanted to read this book for quite a while. I had read the earlier two books in the series, The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe and loved them both. The world created by the author is very believable and credible and the characters are multidimensional. This is an adventure fantasy tale that picks up where The Celestial Globe leaves off, with the three main characters, Petra, Tomik and Neel on a ship headed for Neel’s homeland. The first surprise in the story comes when we find ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Loren rated it really liked it
Shelves: auroras-books
The final book of the Kronos Chronicles gets off to a slow start. The characters I'd fallen in love with are still in transition, sailing to the Vatra, the Romany homeland. Each of the characters will eventually grow into roles they could never have imagined, but in the meantime, there's a whole lot of waiting around and not speaking to each other. Nothing bugs me more than inarticulate characters (see my review of The Invention of Hugo Cabret).

The Jewel of the Kalderash eventually groww into th
Nov 12, 2010 Jodi rated it really liked it
Rutkoski stayed strong for the entire series. I had put off reading this last book because I knew I would have to reread the first two so that I could remember the plot. I don't know why I put it off. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books and had a difficult time putting any of them down and finished them in just a few days. Some things were predictable and read just like similar YA books (I've said this before but I will keep saying it because it annoys me to no end--STOP with the heroine having ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Cat rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this brisk and satisfying conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles so much. Rutkoski weaves together the threads from her earlier books while still creating a rich narrative tapestry in this one. Astrophil the mechanical spider gets all of the best lines. Rutkoski's alternative Renaissance shares some of the preoccupations of our real one--with invention, the nation-state, empire, diplomacy (or the appearance of diplomacy!), and naval power--while maintaining a magical separate-ness that su ...more
Oct 24, 2014 Tracy rated it liked it
This was a good book, but all I could think about was the difficult discussions I was going to have with my 9-year-old when she wanted to read it, too. Marie Rutkoski completely forgot her audience.

The word bas**** is used numerous times. The justification that it was used correctly doesn't hold up when you have to explain what it means to your daughter. I encouraged my child to have a better vocabulary than her new favorite author.

There's too much violence and death for a fourth grader. The bo
Rutkoski offers a satisfying conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles, and deftly ties up loose ends, while creating one last (exciting, dramatic, fast-paced) adventure in the alternate Renaissance timeline.

Petra Kronos, is determined to rescue her father, now turned into one of the monstrous Gray Men, but she will have to do it without Neel (who is dealing with issues of his own in Romany). Petra, Astrophil (a steampunk spider who still gets all the best lines), and Tomik embark on their quest. The
Feb 11, 2013 Txkimmers rated it really liked it
I don't read a ton of YA fiction (I mean, not since I was a YA), but I just adored this trio of novels, and actually tore through them all back to back. The covers remind me of the cover of a beloved collection of short stories by Joan Aiken, the characters and settings are like a Hayao Miyazaki movie, and I just had a ton of fun reading them. Petra, the heroine, is blunt and emotional, but very intelligent (this is nuts, but she reminded me of Captain Kirk) and her floppy passion is matched by ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Mamatufy rated it liked it
Shelves: bohemia, book-3
The final book in the Kronos Chronicles. Petra, Tomik & Neel finally make their way to the Vatra, the somewhat secret home of the Roma. Neel is surprised when he's named the son of the current Roma Queen Iona & since she's about to die, he's named the heir. Petra & Tomik are anxious to get back to Bohemia to find her father & maybe rescue the entire country. Petra's father has been turned into a monster with dozens of others to act as the army of the evil Prince Rodolfo in order ...more
Jun 05, 2013 Cliff rated it it was amazing
The final volume of Rutkoski's trilogy manages to introduce a fair bit of political machinations and still continue moving forwards with the inevitable clash of forces between Prince Rodolfo and the rest of the world. Once again, however, I'm a little stunned in how much the characters have grown in such a short span of time.

And there are some lingering doubts I have about Rutkoski's choices to further the plot. The concept of the Choice seems almost unnecessary in the grand scheme of things. Bu
Jan 22, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This book was a beautifully written, exciting, dramatic conclusion to a wonderful trilogy. The story unavoidably ended up in a battle against Prince Rodolfo. I loved how events in the first book became important in this one. The author clearly knew the whole story when she started the trilogy & it fell together perfectly. The new characters introduced were great, and the characters I already knew became more endearing. This series is now one of my favorite ever & I'd recommend it to anyo ...more
Feb 26, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, magic
Things I liked about this book:
-feeling like the characters are long-lost family (I haven't read any of the installments since the second one came out)
-the lack of drawn-out, yawn-worthy explanations and reminders. Those make me want to cry.
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-Neel. 'nuff said.
-ummm, I don't really feel like listing anything else. Just read the book, people.

Things I didn't like
Apr 26, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect conclusion to a perfect trilogy. As a whole, the trilogy is just great. I thought it had the perfect balance of adventure, intrigue, mystery, heroism, ingenuity, fantasy, even the right dash of romance, respecting the fact that the characters are 14 and 15 years old - i.e., there's some cute likings going on between people, but they're not acting like they're on the verge of a lifelong marriage, they act like the 14 and 15 year olds they are.

I am so glad I found these books a
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Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner's Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the olde
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