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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 ...more
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Published October 25th 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (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
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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Pamela ☼what?!? you want more gruel☼ 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
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
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
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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
Mason Jones
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
Barb Middleton
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
An enjoyable end to a wonderful fantasy series for middle grade readers. (view spoiler)
An action packed adventure!

The jewel of Kalderash is an amazing read filled with emotion and packed with adventure that keeps you turning the pages until the wee hours of the morning.
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
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
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
Still entertaining and even touching at times, this conclusion to the Kronos Chronicles is the least of the three volumes. It's good to remember these are children's books, so some of the convenient plot twists and the happy endings are probably appropriate. I would say to read this if you liked the first two, but not as a stand alone. Still love that it involves Bohemia, the Roma, and many real historical figures in ways that approximate their real lives or at least how they may have been in an ...more
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Alright. This book made me cry, but in a good way. And frightened way. Whenever I like things this much, it becomes cumbersome to illustrate just why I loved it so much. The entire series is truly fantastic; it's smart, witty, plays upon history, has magic, but magic that has limits. It's just. Man, what can I say? Marie Rutkoski, I adore your books. I love them. I love Astrophil like no other spider I've met, and. Thank you.
That's all I can muster. Thank you.
I am so glad I stumbled upon this author. She is such a great writer. I felt close to the characters. I love books that make you feel like you are in them and this was one of those books. The only thing I would change is when Petra is learning about her gifts there isn't much explination on what she goes through. Not a big deal but would have been interesting. I am going to read more books by Marie Rutkoski. I can't wait for the next one.
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Kronos Chronicles (3 books)
  • The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles, #1)
  • The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2)
The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles, #1) The Shadow Society The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2) Bridge of Snow (Winner's Trilogy, #0.5)

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